BMCCI E-Newletter January-March 2021
Virtual B2B Meeting Week between ICT Companies of Bangladesh and Malaysia begins
A virtual B2B Meeting between ICT Companies of both Bangladesh and Malaysia has been organized under the Tri-party MoU among Bangladesh-Malaysia Chamber of Commerce and Industry(BMCCI), Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) and Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS), has began on 19th April 2021. With hope of increasing the existing and creating new investment opportunities in the ICT sector, the virtual matchmaking meetings will continue till 29 April 2021. In this first phase of virtual B2B Meetings, 18 Malaysian ICT Companies and 35 Bangladeshi companies are going to have individual business matchmaking meeting over virtual video conferencing platform Zoom.
The Three organizing institutions are going to continue arrange such meetings in future. The organizers have requested the companies who are interested to join in upcoming phases of ICT business meet up to communicate with BMCCI and BASIS at their convenient time.
Celebrating 100th Birth Anniversary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibar Rahman
March 17, 2021 is the birth centenary of our Father of Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman (1920-1975). The founding leader of Bangladesh and the country’s first Prime Minister. In 1973, then-Cuban leader Fidel Castro remarked “I have not seen the Himalayas. But I have seen Sheikh Mujib.”
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was born in March 17, 1920 in the village of Tungipara, Gopalganj as the third child of Sheikh Lutfar Rahman and Sheikh Sayera Khatun, Sheikh Mujib began his schooling at the age of seven at a local primary school and studied law and political science in Kolkata and Dhaka. He started his political life at a very early age in 1940 by joining the All India Muslim Students Federation while he was a college student. In 1943, he joined the Bengal provincial branch of All India Muslim League and in 1949, after two years of the partition and subsequent establishment of Pakistan, He was elected as one of the joint secretaries of Awami Muslim League. On July 9, 1953, Sheikh Mujib was elected as the general secretary of the party. On October 1955, He was reelected as General Secretary and served the post until 1966 when he became president of the party. Sheikh Mujib was given the title “Bangabandhu”, or “Friend of Bengal” at a mammoth public meeting organized by the Central Student Action Committee at the Race Course Maidan on February 23, 1969 as recognition to his supreme sacrifices for the masses. Under his leadership, the Awami League secured a landslide victory in the 1970 general elections across Pakistan to form a one-party government. On March 7, 1971, Mujib addressed a mammoth public rally in Dhaka where he called on the people to prepare for the struggle for independence. He quoted, “As we have already shed blood, we are ready to shed more blood! his time the struggle is for our freedom, this time the struggle is for our independence!” Sheikh Mujibur Rahman proclaimed the Independence of Bangladesh in the early hours of March 26, 1971 and quoted “I have given you independence, now go and preserve it. This may be my last message. From today Bangladesh is independent. I call upon the people of Bangladesh wherever you are and with whatever you have, to resist the occupation army. Our fight will go on till the last soldier of the Pakistan Occupation Army is expelled from the soil of independent Bangladesh. Final victory is ours. Joy Bangla!”. right after the proclamation; he was arrested and taken to a Pakistani prison. After nine months of bloody war, Bangladesh is liberated with the surrender of the Pakistani occupation army on December 16, 1971. On 10 January 1972, he was released and returned to Bangladesh where millions of jubilant citizens welcomed him with open arms. He served as the country’s first president and later as prime minister. In an Interview with Sir David Frost on the BBC Bangabandhu said “My greatest strength is the love for my people, my greatest weakness is that I love them too much.”
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman marries Sheikh Fazilatunnesa (Renu) in 1932 and together they had two daughters, Sheikh Hasina and Sheikh Rehana, and three sons, Sheikh Kamal, Sheikh Jamal and Sheikh Russel. Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is assassinated by a handful of army renegades in the early hours of August 15, 1975 with every member of his family except his daughters Sheikh Hasina and Sheikh Rehana, who by fortune alone were abroad at that time.
A virtual program “Empowered Wanita 2021: Women in leadership: Achieving future equality in a COVID-19 world” was organized by Bangladesh-Malaysia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BMCCI) on 8th March 2021.
Her Excellency Haznah Md Hashim, High Commissioner of Malaysia to the People’s Republic of Bangladesh attended the program along with other Malaysian High Commission officers. The program was presided by Director of BMCCI Farzana Chowdhury. The participants discussed about women empowerment, leadership, their impact on managing the Covid-19 Situation. President of BMCCI, Raquib Mohammad Fakhrul (Rocky) congratulated for the celebration of Women’s day all Female leaders and entrepreneurs for their continuous contributions and winning against all odds everyday with own strength, confidence and power. High Commissioner of Malaysia Her Excellency Haznah Md Hashim congratulated Honorable Prime Minister on behalf of High Commission of Malaysia in Dhaka for showing the Extra ordinary leadership that She showed in the pandemic situation. She also mentioned that women empowerment is a part of Malaysian norms and traditions that she feels proud of.
Director Farzana Chowdhury conluded the event with saying that when women are living safe, fulfilled and productive lived, they can reach their full potential, contributing their skills. They can also be able to help fuel sustainable economy, benefit society and humanity at large.
It is our immense pleasure to invite you to the event Empowered Wanita 2021 via Zoom on Monday, 8th March 2021 at 2:30 PM (Bangladesh Time) on the occasion of International Women’s Day. Please find the details below:
Topic: Empowered Wanita 2021: Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world
19th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Bangladesh-Malaysia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BMCCI) was held on Saturday 27th February, 2021 at a Gulshan Club Limited.
Raquib Mohammad Fakhrul (Rocky), President of BMCCI presided over the meeting. He presented the 2020 activity report of BMCCI. He mentioned that around the year, BMCCI organized Business Luncheon meetings with Prominent Business Professionals of different sectors of Business, Web Talk Series on different sectors of Business, Virtual Members Meet, Virtual discussion with all former High Commissioners of Bangladesh in Malaysia, Virtual Celebration of Malaysia’s 63rd Independence Day, Tri Party MoU among BMCCI, BASIS and MDEC, meeting with the newly appointed High Commissioner of Bangladesh in Malaysia and High Commissioner of Malaysia in Bangladesh, virtual roundtable discussion on “Sukuk Bond: A new frontier for financing instrument in Bangladesh”, Virtual program on “Investment Opportunities in Bangladesh” with BIDA , International Women’s Day celebration program on “Empowered Wanita- Celebration for Women in Lead” etc.
After listening to the activity report, members present participated in a discussion and requested the board to take more activities in the coming year.
The Annual Report of Activities for the year 2020 was unanimously adopted in the Annual General Meeting of BMCCI.
Hon. Treasurer of BMCCI, Syed Moinuddin Ahmed highlighted the salient features of the Audited Accounts of BMCCI for the year 2020. The Audited Accounts of BMCCI for the year 2020 was passed unanimously.
Extra Ordinary Annual Meeting (EGM) was also held at the same venue before the AGM started. Among others, past presidents, members of the chamber and guests from other chambers and associations were present in the meeting.
BMCCI President Raquib Mohammad Fakhrul (Rocky) organized a luncheon with the BMCCI Members in Chittagong on 23rd January 2021 along with BMCCI Hon. Treasurer Syed Moinuddin Ahmed, Hon. Joint Secretary General Dato’ Goonahlam Subramaniam, Directors Shifat Ahmed Chowdhuri and A. K. M. Shamsuzzaman at Chittagong Club Ltd. Former Hon. Treasurer M. A. Bakar, Former Director Md. Showkat Ali and other members, who resides at Chittagong, joined the luncheon and had an informative discussion.
On behalf of all members, Board of Directors and President Raquib Rocky Fakhrul (Rocky), Our director Mahbub Alam Shah had a courteous meeting with Newly Appointed High Commissioner of Bangladesh at Malaysia, His Excellency Md Golam Sarwar and Deputy High Commissioner Mr. Mohammad Khorshed A Khastagir at High Commission of Bangladesh Office in Kuala Lampur.
BMCCI, in collaboration with City Bank Capital, organized a virtual round table discussion on “Sukuk Bond: A new frontier for financing instrument in Bangladesh” on Tuesday, December 08, 2020. Mr. Salman Fazlur Rahman, MP, Private Industry and Investment Advisor to the Hon’ble Prime Minister graced with his presence as the Chief Guest and Special Guest was Her Excellency Haznah Md Hashim, High Commissioner of Malaysia to Bangladesh. Chairperson of the Discussion was our president Raquib Mohammad Fakhrul (Rocky). The discussion sessions were moderated by Ershad Hossain, Managing Director and CEO of City Bank Capital. Speakers from Bank Negara, Securities Commission Malaysia, Bangladesh Security Exchange Commission, Financial Institutions Division, ICD, Asma Capital Bahrain and GuarantCo shared their expertise with Islamic Financing and Sukuk along with Mashrur Arefin, MD, The City Bank Limited and Barrister Tanjib-ul Alam. Our Vice President and Convener of Trade & Investment, Steering Committee Md. Anwar Shahid paid the vote of thanks and winded up the roundtable.
BMCCI President Raquib Mohammad Fakhrul (Rocky) along with Ershad Hossain, Managing Director & CEO of City Bank Capital had a meeting with Md. Ashadul Islam, Senior Secretary, Financial Institutions Division, Ministry of Finance for upcoming BMCCI-City Bank Capital Roundtable Discussion on “Sukuk Bond: A new frontier for financing instrument in Bangladesh” Private Industry and Investment Advisor to the Hon’ble Prime Minister, Mr. Salman F Rahman MP has kindly consented to attend the discussion as the Chief Guest.
BMCCI President Raquib Mohammad Fakhrul (Rocky) had an insightful meeting with Her Excellency Haznah Md Hashim, High Commissioner-Designate of Malaysia at High Commission of Malaysia today. While meeting the Chief Patron of BMCCI, our President wished Her Excellency a warm welcome to Bangladesh and discussed on various topics including Sukuk Bond, Free Trade Agreement (FTA), Economic Zone for Malaysia, bi-lateral trade between the two countries and direct link between BMCCI and federal states of Malaysia.
BMCCI President Raquib Mohammad Fakhrul (Rocky) and BASIS President Syed Almas Kabir has signed an Tri Party MoU among BMCCI, BASIS and Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) today at BMCCI Office. This MoU has been signed in order to bridge between the ICT Industry of Bangladesh and Malaysia to explore and develop the opportunities. Along with the Presidents, those who were present at the signing ceremony were: Mushfiqur Rahman, Vice President (Finance), Moon Mondal Rajib, Executive, Corporate Affairs from BASIS side and Mahbubul Alam, Hon. Secretary General, Dato’ Goonahalam Subramaniam, Hon. Joint Secretary General and Syed Moinuddin Ahmed, Hon. Treasurer from BMCCI Side.