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Anvir-led BAJUS to restore heritage of jewellery industry, say leaders at Barishal programme

  • Sun Online Desk
  • 14th May, 2022 06:00:37 PM
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Lost heritage of jewellery industry will be resorted by Bangladesh Jewellers Association (BAJUS) led by its president Sayem Sobhan Anvir.

This was said by leaders of the BAJUS at view exchange meeting organised by the organisation’s Barishal unit. The programme was held at BDS auditorium at Barishal town on Saturday.

Jewellery products carrying made in Bangladesh logo will surpass RMG items in terms of export earnings, the leaders hoped.

They said the gold traders will have to buy gold bars from certified dealers in future.

Addressing the event, Dr Dilip Kumar Roy, former BAJUS president and chairman of District Monitoring Standing Committee, said gold business in Bangladesh was at a low ebb but Bashundhara Group’s Managing Director Sayem Sobhan Anvir helmed BAJUS to revamp the sector.

BAJUS president Sayem Sobhan Anvir has spread the organisation across the country, apart from giving a well-equipped office.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has met a longstanding demand for gold policy which will be conducive for restoration of the lost heritage.

The traders concerned will have to procure gold bars from the certified dealers and sell products at similar price.

About VAT, he said the commerce minister has requested NBR to reduce Value Added Tax from 5 percent to 2 percent on the gold traders.

He spoke of the need for bringing all gold traders under the umbrella of BAJUS which will take responsibility of only its members.

The gold traders will be able to get cost-free membership within two months, he said adding that district committees will take three months to be formed.

Referring to the recently-held expo at ICCB in Dhaka, he said such a fair was not possible without initiative of Sayem Sobhan Anvir. Bangladesh Jewellery Expo-2022 earned acclaim at home and abroad, he said. 

A conference of the gold traders will be held in Dhaka at the yearend to streamline the sector, he added.

Md Joynal Abedin Khokon, member secretary of District Monitoring Standing Committee, Pabitra Chandra Ghosh, member of the committee, Md Ripnul Hasan, member secretary of Standing Committee on Law and Membership and BAJUS Barishal unit vice-presidentSheikh Mohammad Musa spoke on the occasion.

BAJUS district committee’s vice-president Nurul Amin and general secretary Md Ali Khan Jashim moderated the programme.

Around 100 gold traders from across Barishal municipality and 10 upazilas were present.