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Last Update: 24-06-2014 11:45.

Message from the IBFB President

Dear visitors. Assalamualaikum.

Let me take the opportunity to provide some information on the International Business Forum of Bangladesh (IBFB).

IBFB is a non-profit, non-partisan organization of Bangladeshi and foreign business owners and executives. Working together, our goal is to identify common business challenges, consider solutions, and advocate for change in public policy that will strengthen our business environment and accelerate our country’s economic growth for the benefit of all Bangladeshi citizens

IBFB was formed under the register of Joint Stock Companies and Firms in September 2005, and received support in from the International Republican Institute (IRI) and also receives support from PROGATI(Promoting governance, accountability, transparency and integrity), the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

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IBFB’s Seminar on Well-planned Urbanization & Development: Involving Private Sector under Public Private Partnership (PPP) PDF Print E-mail

Engineer Mosharraf Hossain, MP, Honorable Minister for Housing & Public Works said, well-planned urbanization is always a priority issue for the ruling Govt. Taking huge population growth over the last couples of years in capital Dhaka and other important cities like Chittagong, Khulna, Rajshahi, Sylhet etc. into serious consideration, the Govt. is planning to gradually establish more satellite towns like Purbachal, Jhilmil in and around Dhaka and other metropolitan cities. Engr. Mosharraf also stated that keeping scarcity of lands in mind, the Govt. is planning to allocate apartments instead of plots to the Govt. employees in future so that best utilization of lands can be ensured. Engineer Mosharraf Hossain was addressing as the Chief Guest in a Seminar titled “Well-planned Urbanization & Development: Involving Private Sector under Public Private Partnership (PPP)” held on Tuesday, 10th June 2014 at Hotel Sonargaon, Dhaka. International Business Forum of Bangladesh (IBFB) organized the Seminar. Mr. Hafizur Rahman Khan, President, IBFB and Chairman, Runner Group of Companies presided over the seminar where Mr. Suhel Ahmed Chowdhury, former Secretary, Ministry of Housing & Public Works, Ministry of Shipping and Ministry of Commerce presented the Keynote Paper.

Engineer Mosharraf Hossain, MP, Honorable Minister for Housing & Public Works addressing as the Chief Guest in IBFB Seminar on “Well-planned Urbanization & Development: Involving Private Sector under Public Private Partnership (PPP)” held on Tuesday, 10 June 2014.  Mr. Suhel Ahmed Chowdhury, former Secretary, Ministry of Housing & Public Works presenting the Keynote Paper. Mr. Hafizur Rahman Khan, President, IBFB presided over the seminar where Mr. Mahmudul Islam Chowdhury, Founding President & Mr. Omar Shafayat Kausar, Vice President, Mr. Humayun Rashid, Vice President (Finance), Mr. Md. Abdus Salam, Executive Director of IBFB were also present.The purpose of the seminar was to pursue the govt. for taking well-planned long term strategies segregated into various short-term and mid-term goals in urban planning and involve private sector under Public Private Partnership (PPP) for efficient and timely accomplishments of a project as to reduce population explosion in the capital and thus reduce other associated problems.

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9th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of IBFB held in Dhaka PDF Print E-mail

The 9th Annual General Meeting (AGM) i.e. the AGM of 2013 of International Business Forum of Bangladesh (IBFB) was held on Thursday, 24 April 2014 at Hotel Pan Pacific Sonargaon, Dhaka. The AGM was divided into two sessions - Inaugural Session and Second Session (exclusively for IBFB Members). Mr. Abul Maal A. Muhith, MP, Honorable Finance Minister graced the Opening Session as the Chief Guest, where Mr. M. A. Mannan, MP, Hon'ble State Minister of Finance & Planning, H.E. Dan W. Mozena, the US Ambassador in Bangladesh, Mr. Kazi Akram Uddin Ahmed, President, FBCCI and Mr. S. M. Amzad Hossain, Chairman, SBAC Bank Limited were present as Special Guests. On the other hand, Mr. Jon F. Danilowicz, Deputy Chief of Mission of the US Embassy in Bangladesh was the Chief Guest in the Second Session whereas Mr. Jason Smith, Acting Director, Office of Democracy and Governance of USAID Bangladesh was present as Special Guest. Mr. Hafizur Rahman Khan, President, IBFB chaired both the sessions of the AGM which were moderated by Mr. Md. Abdus Salam, Executive Director, IBFB. Starting at 11.00 AM the AGM was attended by the IBFB members along with other distinguished guests such as civil society members, academia, eminent business leaders and dignitaries from other business associations and international agencies, retired bureaucrats, journalists from various print and electronic media etc.

Mr. Abul Maal A. Muhith, MP, Honorable Finance Minister graced the Opening Session of IBFB AGM of 2013 as the Chief Guest held on 24th of April 2014. Mr. M. A. Mannan, MP, Hon'ble State Minister of Finance & Planning, H.E. Dan W. Mozena, U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh, Mr. Kazi Akram Uddin Ahmed, President, FBCCI and Mr. S. M. Amzad Hossain, Chairman, SBAC Bank Limited were present as Special Guests. Mr. Hafizur Rahman Khan, President, IBFB, Mr. Md. Omar Shafayat Kausar, Vice President, Mr. Humayun Rashid, Vice President (Finance) and Mr. Md. Abdus Salam, Executive Director of IBFB are also on sight.

At the outset Mr. Hafizur Rahman Khan, IBFB President and Chairperson of the AGM delivered his welcome speech. Thereafter, Mr. S. M. Amzad Hossain, Chairman of SBAC Bank Limited spoke as Special Guest and Sponsor of the event. Afterward, Mr. Kazi Akram Uddin Ahmed, Mr. Dan W. Mozena and Mr. M. A. Mannan, MP delivered their speeches as Special Guests. Mr. Abul Maal Abdul Muhit, MP subsequently delivered his speech as the Chief Guest. Mr. Mahmudul Islam Chowdhury, Founding President & Immediate Past President of IBFB made a concluding and thanksgiving remark at the end of the Inaugural Session.

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Upcoming National Election: Economic Manifesto of the Political Parties PDF Print E-mail

The country’s business community thinks the political parties should give the highest priority to the national economy in their respective election manifesto to be prepared ahead of the upcoming 10th national parliamentary election. This is because economic development is one of the major preconditions for overall development of a country, where the business community plays a key role in economic development endeavors. If the business community can uninterruptedly continue their respective businesses in a free and fare business friendly environment, it certainly plays a vital role in overall development of that particular country. New business endeavors, keeping the economic wheel on going through investment & industrialization, employment generation, foreign remittances and revenues, foreign investments, import, export etc. are some important elements of free trade and business and private sector development as well, where this business community has an unquestionable contribution. It is very like that the political parties will prepare their election manifestoes and publish them for attracting the voters ahead of upcoming 10th parliamentary national election. The business community of the country expects from the political leaders that political parties will give top most priority to the aforesaid economic development and thus will prepare trade-business-and-economy friendly election manifesto, and thereafter will effectively implement them after the election.Presided over by IBFB President Mr. Hafizur Rahman Khan and moderated by Founding President Mr. Mahmudul Islam Chowdhury, the IBFB Discussion Session was also attended by Mr. Nuh-Ul-Alam Lenin, Honorable Presidium Member of Bangladesh Awami League, Mr. Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury, Advisor to the Chairperson of BNP and Former Commerce Minister, Mr. Fakir Ashraf, Presidium Member of Jatiya Party, Mr. Kazi Akram Uddin Ahmed, President of FBCCI etc. Prof. Dr. M. Abul Kashem Mozumder, Professor of Jahangirnagar University and Mr. Md. Omar Shafayat Kausar, IBFB Vice President.

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