33rd Board Meeting of Bangladesh International Arbitration Centre held

The 33rd Meeting of the Board of Bangladesh International Arbitration Centre (BIAC) was held from an online platform on 12 July 2021 in the afternoon. The meeting was presided over by Chairman, BIAC Mr. Mahbubur Rahman and which was attended among others by Board Members, eminent citizen Ms. Rokia Afzal Rahman, Ms. Nihad Kabir, President, Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI), Dhaka and Mr. Rizwan Rahman, the newly elected President of Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI). He is a young business leader and heads a number of segments of ETBL Holdings Ltd., a renowned conglomerate diversifying from financial services, dredging infrastructure, commodities trade, cold storage, etc. He is a Director of Eastland Insurance Company Ltd. and also of the Daily Financial Express. Mr. Rahman also served as the Director of Bangladesh Chamber of Industries (BCI), Bangladesh Philippines Chamber of Commerce & Industry (BPCCI) and as Vice President of Dutch-Bangla Chamber of Commerce & Industry (DBCCI).

Four new members joined the BIAC Board recently enhancing number of the Members of the Board to eight. In the beginning Chairman, BIAC Board welcomed Messrs A. K. Azad, Kutubuddin Ahmed, Anis A. Khan and Osama Taseer to the Board.

The four new Board Members are:

Mr. A.K.Azad

Mr. A. K. Azad is the Vice President of International Chamber of Commerce-Bangladesh(ICC-B) and also the founder Chairman and Managing Director of Ha-Meem Group of Companies. Mr. Azad is the Director of Shahjalal Islami Bank Ltd. and President of Dhaka University Alumni Association. He was President of the Federation of Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce & Industry(FBCCI) and Bangladesh Chamber of Industries(BCI). He is also the founder of the daily newspaper and electronic media in the country – The Daily Samakal and Channel 24 respectively. Mr. A. K. Azad has been honoured with numerous socio-economic awards for his achievements over the years. Recently he has been nominated by ICC-B as one of the Members of the BIAC Board.

Mr. Kutubuddin Ahmed

Mr. Kutubuddin Ahmed, Member of the Executive Committee of International Chamber of Commerce- Bangladesh (ICC-B), is the Chairman and founder of Envoy Group. Mr. Ahmed is the Director of Chattogram Stock Exchange Limited, Vice President of International Military Sports Council and Member of Sports Environment Committee of the Olympic Council of Asia. He was also the President of Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI), Dhaka, Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), Bangladesh Badminton Federation and Secretary General of Bangladesh Olympic Association. Recently he has been nominated by ICC-B as one of the Members of the BIAC Board.

Mr.Anis A. Khan

Mr. Anis A. Khan, Senior Vice President of Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and industry(MCCI), Dhaka is the Director of real estate developer W&W Grains Corporation and Independent Director of Summit Alliance Port Limited. He is an Adjunct Professor at the School of Business of the Independent University Bangladesh (IUB). He was the Managing Director and CEO of Mutual Trust bank Ltd. and is former Chairman of the Association of Bankers, Bangladesh (ABB) Ltd. He is the recipient of numerous accolades including the ‘Business & Entrepreneur Excellence Award 2016’, where he was recognised as the ‘Inspirational Business Leader of the Year’ in London, UK. Recently he has been nominated by MCCI, Dhaka as one of the Members of the BIAC Board.

Mr.Osama Taseer

Mr. Osama Taseer, an eminent garment sector leader is the Chairman of Four Wings Limited, an RMG manufacturing company. He is the former President of Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI). He is also the Managing Director of Tiffiny wear Ltd. He is a former Director of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), Secretary General of Dutch Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry and a lifetime Member of the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh. Recently he has been nominated by DCCI, as one of the Members of the BIAC Board.

The Board discussed about the present condition of BIAC and its activities during the COVID 19 pandemic, which has caused a great financial hardship for BIAC. A number of decisions were taken in the meeting. Mr. Muhammad A. (Ramee) Ali, Chief Executive Officer of BIAC conducted the meeting.  He was assisted by Ms. Mahbuba Rahman Runa, General Manager, BIAC and Secretary to the BIAC Board.