Bashundhara Group Managing Director Sayem Sob-han Anvir has said gold has the potential to become the next emerging product in the country’s export basket if the sector gets policy support from the government.
Addressing a reception as a special guest on Fri-day, he said there are 20 million non-resident Bangladeshis around the world who have interest in gold items made in their own country.
Bangladesh Jewellers Samity (BAJUS) organised the reception at The Westin Dhaka to recognise the industry leaders.
President of the Federation of Bangladesh Cham-bers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) Md Jashim Uddin was the chief guest at the event.
Real Estate and Housing Association of Bangladesh (REHAB) President Alamgir Shamsul Alamin also spoke on the occasion as a special guest.
BAJUS President Enamul Haque Khan and Gener-al Secretary Dilip Kumar Agarwala were present.
Bashundhara Group, the leading industrial conglom-erate of the country, has recently invested in the gold in-dustry through establishing Bashundhara Gold Refin-ery Limited and Arisha Jewellers. Sayem Sobhan Anvir also sought policy support from the government for promoting the gold export.
BAJUS President Enamul Haque Khan said the cost of gold processing in Bangladesh is higher than India due to huge wastage. "We should focus on research to reduce the wastage in gold processing. The businesses can't survive without expanding the footprint into the international market. And research is important to enter the global market," he said.
He also claimed that no jewellery shop has received any stimulus support during the coronavirus pandemic.
There are around 2.8 million people directly or indirectly involved in gold business, according to the BAJUS president.
At the programme, 14 individuals were honoured for their contribution to the gold industry.
They are Dhaka Sworno Shilpi Songho Director Sangkor Bosak, Dhaka Gold Director Subhash Saha, Bangla Gold Director Mizanur Rahman Manik, BAJUS lifetime member Ali Akbar Khan (posthumous), its founding President AZM Sanaullah, founding General Secretary Shamsul Alam ( posthumous), former General Secretaries MA Hannan Azad, Dildar Ahmed Selim, Dr Dewan Aminul Islam Shahin, incumbent General Secretary Dilip Kumar Agarwala, former Presidents MA Wadud Khan and Dr Dilip Kumar Roy, Kazi Sirajul Islam and Ganga Charan Malakar.