The government has recognised 12 non-resident Bangladeshis (NRBs) as commercially important persons (CIPs) for their outstanding contributions to the economy by remitting foreign currencies and importing Bangladeshi products to the country of their residence in 2015.
The expatriates' welfare and overseas employment ministry disclosed the names of the 12 CIPs by publishing a gazette on its website on Sunday.
Mahatabur Rahman, managing director of Al Haramain Perfumes based in Dubai of the United Arab Emirates, Akter Hossain, a real estate businessman in the UAE, Abul Kalam, chairman of Star Gold Group in Dubai, Ahmmad Al Zaman, a businessman in Qatar, Adnan Imam in the UK, Abdul Rahim in the UK, Yeasin Chowdhury in Oman, Omar Faruk in the UAE, Jesmin Akter in the UAE, and Mossedek Chowdhury in Oman have been selected for being the highest remitters.
Abul Kashem of Kuwait and Mohammad Selim of the UAE have been selected as top importers of Bangladeshi products in their states of residence.
The CIP cardholders will enjoy privileges for one year from the issuance date of the gazette notification. The cardholders, their spouses, and children will enjoy privileges in getting cabins in case of medical treatment at public hospitals. They will also enjoy free access to the Bangladesh Secretariat for a year.
The CIPs will get special treatment while meeting high officials at home and abroad, different government committees and while travelling by rail and other transports.
The CIP cardholders will be allowed to use the VIP lounges of airports in Bangladesh, receive consular services in Bangladesh's foreign missions and will be invited as guests in all programmes of Bangladesh missions in the country they reside in.
They will get preference in seat bookings in the national flag carrier and get quick service in the immigration and special luggage handling facilities at Bangladeshi airports.
The CIPs will also receive benefits foreign investors get while making investments in Bangladesh.