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Top exporters in Bangladesh awarded for excellence

0000000000000The government yesterday (20 November 2013) awarded trophies to 47 successful businesses for their extraordinary performances in exports in fiscal 2010-11. This year’s programme played out amid concerns on labour unrest in the apparel industry, frequent hartals, vandalism and arson attacks. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina handed the trophies and certificates to the awardees at a programme at Osmani Memorial Auditorium in Dhaka as the chief guest.

The state-owned Export Promotion Bureau gave the awards to exporters of 27 sectors in three categories, from a total of 255 applications. The awards included 21 gold, 15 silver and 11 bronze trophies.

This year, Zaber and Zobaer Fabrics Ltd, a home and specialised textile exporter, won the gold trophy in the highest export earning category as it shipped goods worth $199.19 million in 2010-11.

EPB recognises exporters by assessing their performance in quantity of exports, value addition, entry to new export destinations, new design and packaging and product quality maintenance.

For the first time, it included a C-category local entrepreneur of the EPZs, by amending the national export trophy policy 2006.

Rahimafrooz Globatt Ltd, an automotive batt-ery maker, won the gold trophy in goods and services in EPZ category as it shipped 3.01 lakh battery units worth $10.69 million in 2010-11. The company, with the ability to produce 2.5 million units a year, has the highest capacity in South Asia, according to a citation by EPB. The factory located in Ishwardi in Pabna exports to more than 50 countries.

Apparel Gallery bagged the gold trophy in the garment category, shipping $49.72 million worth of goods in fiscal 2010-11.

GMS Composite Knitting, a knitwear maker, exported $88.14 million in the same fiscal year and won the gold trophy. The company that employs 14,000 people has a capacity to produce 54 million pieces of knitwear a year.



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