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Commerce minister inaugurates ICC Bangladesh’s new secretariat

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Desk Report: Honorable Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi MP inaugurated on 20 November the National Committee Secretariat of International Chamber of Commerce-Bangladesh (ICCB)-The World Business Organization at Gulshan, according to a statement.

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In his inaugural address, Mr Munshi appreciated the role played by the business community in the overall development of the country and making Bangladesh today the fastest growing economy in the world.

He wished that the business community together with the public sector will continue to work to fulfill the vision of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in making Bangladesh a developed country by 2041 He also launched ICCB Business Directory which contains basic information about Bangladesh, information for trade and investment and foreign direct investment (FDI). The first directory was published in 2008.

ICC Bangladesh President Mahbubur Rahman in his welcome address said that ICCB started its  journey at a small office located on the premises of DCCI, and with 17 members. ICCB has 10 chambers of commerce and business association members under Organisation Category (FBCCI, DCCI, MCCI, CCCI, FICCI, BAB, BIA, BGMEA, BKMEA and BTMA) and 128 members under Corporate Category (31 commercial banks, 7 non-banking financial  institutions, 10 insurance companies, 5 law firms, 56 national companies and 19 transnational companies).

Mahbubur Rahman acknowledged ICCB Founding Vice President Late Latifur Rahman, A K Azad, Kutubuddin Ahmed, Anwar ul Alam Chowdhury (Parvez), Tapan Chowdhury. ASM. Quasem and Md Fazlul Haque played the key role in mobilising the resources for buying new office premises.

The inaugural ceremony, among others, was attended by Apex Group Chairman Syed Manzur Elahi, former Foreign Minister Barrister Anisul Islam Mahmud MP, Pubali Bank Chairman  Monzurur Rahman; IPDC Chairman  Md. Abdul Karim;  Salahuddin Kasem Khan, Director, AK Khan & Company Ltd; ICCB Executive Board Members:  Abdul Hai Sarker;  ASM Quasem;  Aftab ul Islam; Anwar-Ul-Alam Chowdhury (Parvez);  Faruque Hassan;  Kutubuddin Ahmed; Mahbubul Alam;  Md. Fazlul Hoque; Mir Nasir Hossain;  Mohammad Hatem; Simeen Rahman; Tapan Chowdhury and Managing Directors/ CEOs of Commercial Banks, national and multinational companies.