17th Bangladesh Business Awards

DHL, The Daily Star honour two businesspersons, two institutions

- A Monitor Report 29 Jul, 2018  |    -      +
DHAKA: Two companies and two individuals were honoured on July 27 at the 17th edition of the Bangladesh Business Awards for their extraordinary success and contribution to the economy.

M Anis Ud Dowla, chairman of ACI Limited, was named the Business Person of the Year for outstanding corporate success, integrity, leadership qualities and business acumen.

Renata, one of the country's leading pharmaceuticals companies, took home the Enterprise of the Year award for its remarkable entrepreneurial spirit and innovations.

Pioneer Insurance Company Limited won the accolade in the Best Financial Institution category.

Afsana Asif Shoma, managing partner of Asix, a local producer of jute goods, won the award in the Outstanding Woman in Business category.

Finance Minister AMA Muhith handed over the trophies to the winners at a grand ceremony at Radisson Blu Dhaka Water Garden in the city.

Politicians and eminent personalities from the corporate world graced the event organised by DHL Express, the world's leading logistics company, and The Daily Star, country’s leading English newspaper.

Speaking as the chief guest, Muhith said, “The award is not only honouring the businesspeople, it is also recognising the contribution of the business community as a whole.”

Md Miarul Haque, country manager of DHL Express Bangladesh, called for collaboration between experts, entrepreneurs and policymakers to get prepared for a new e-commerce era.

There is an emergence of a huge global e-commerce market with around 160 crore online shoppers. The size of the market will be $3.4 trillion by 2019, he mentioned.

Mahfuz Anam, editor and publisher of The Daily Star, said synchronisation between the public and private sectors needs to be improved in Bangladesh though the government has done many things to broaden the field for the business community.

Mahfuz Anam said Bangladeshis workers abroad are not able to earn much as they are mostly unskilled. They also suffer various types of harassment. So he suggested sending skilled workers abroad.

He raised questions about delays in different projects, leading to cost and time overrun. This was not only hurting the country’s economy but also depriving the people of the desired services, he said.

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