Sunday, 1 October, 2023

Mahbubul Alam takes charge as President of FBCCI

DHAKA- Mahbubul Alam has officially taken charge as the President of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI), the apex trade organization of the country.

The transition took place today as the outgoing Board of Directors (2021-23), led by Md. Jashim Uddin, handed over the responsibilities to the new board at the FBCCI Icon in the capital.

Vice President of the outgoing board and Vice President of Bangladesh Textbook Printing and Marketing Association Md. Amin Helaly took charge as the Senior Vice-President of the new board.

Khairul Huda Chopol, president of Sunamganj Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mohammad Anwar Sadat Sarker, president of Gazipur Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Joshoda Jibon Deb Nath, president of Bangladesh Chamber of Industry, have taken over as vice presidents from the chamber group.

Shomi Kaiser, President of the E-Commerce Association of Bangladesh, Rashadul Hossain Chowdhury (Ronni), President of the Meiji Association of Bangladesh, and Md. Munir Hossain, President of the Exporters Association of Bangladesh, took charge as the Vice Presidents from the association group.

The New President of FBCCI Mahbubul Alam expressed his commitment to bolster the trade and business of the country in the upcoming days.

"Our collective efforts will drive the growth of the private sector. I urge everyone's collaboration in this journey. As of today, we stand united, we'll work together to foster economic growth and safeguard the private sector," he added.

The New President expressed his plan in opening up of a branch office in Old Dhaka. He shared his plan to set up a world trade center in Dhaka.

Mahbubul also expressed his willingness to take several action plans of the new board for the upcoming days. These include forming a 21-member advisory committee which will include renowned economists, and chartered accountants, fostering the initiative for a smart web portal bringing all chamber associations under FBCCI, holding at least one standing committee meeting in every three months, etc.

The outgoing President Md Jashim Uddin said, "We've dedicated the past two years to elevating FBCCI to new horizons. Our strategic policy initiatives have propelled the business community and the private sector forward. I believe the incoming board will maintain this momentum."

The new Senior Vice President of FBCCI Md. Amin Helaly, outgoing Senior Vice President Mostofa Azad Chowdhury Babu also delivered speech during the program.

A total of 80 directors were elected for the 2023-25 Board of Directors, 40 each from the Chamber and the Association group. One president, one senior vice-president, and six vice-presidents are elected as office bearers among the Board of Directors.

Mahbubul Alam's remarkable business journey since 1983 spans across diverse sectors, including commodity trading, banks & financial services, tourism, and investment groups, and establishing 17 successful enterprises across nine sectors.

Beyond his business acumen, Mahbubul Alam has received recognition in the form of CIP (Trade) and CIP (Industry) Awards from the Ministry of Commerce, Bangladesh.

He's also a committed philanthropist, contributing significantly to societal betterment. His global recognition further includes receiving the "Certificate of Merit" from the World Customs Organization, personally signed by its Secretary General Dr. Kunio Mikuriya.

Mahbubul Alam's leadership extends beyond the FBCCI, having been elected President of the Chattogram Chamber of Commerce & Industry (CCCI) for five consecutive terms (2013 - present), showcasing his esteemed reputation within the business community.

Additionally, he has served as the former Vice President of FBCCI and SAARC Chamber and holds the position of Honorary Consul of Japan in Chattogram. Mahbubul Alam's presidency heralds a fresh chapter for the FBCCI and thus poised to capitalize on his wealth of experience and commitment to drive the organization's growth and prosperity.