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Industrialist Anwar Hossain remembered as job generator

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 30 August, 2021 12:00 AM
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Business leaders have recalled the contribution of DCCI Foundation founder chairman Anwar Hossain to the country’s economy.

Anwar Hossain, a renowned industrialist and founder of Anwar Group and City Bank Ltd, led the DCCI Foundation Board for a long time. He passed away on August 17.

Former Minister Tofail Ahmed joined a memorial gathering organised by Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) on Saturday.

DCCI president Rizwanur Rahman chaired the meeting held at the DCCI auditorium in Dhaka and also on virtual platform in parallel, said a news release on Sunday.

Tofail Ahmed recalled Anwar Hossain as an honest and ethical businessman in Bangladesh.

“He built 22 industries having 14,000 workforces. Today’s young business leaders have a lot to learn from Anwar Hossain,” the former minister said.

He said the people would remember Anwar Hossain forever for his good deeds.

DCCI chief Rizwan Rahman said Anwar Hossain wanted to create employment opportunities for at least 50,000 people. He was a kind-hearted leader who never made difference between family members and workers, DCCI president remembered. 

International Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) president Mahbubur Rahman said, “Anwar Hossain had a special and rare entrepreneurial capacity.”

“He was also an all-through successful man as a businessman, as a leader and as a father also,” ICCI president said.  President of the country’s apex trade body FBCCI Jashim Uddin said, “Anwar Hossain  played a leading role in Bangladesh economy through industrialization and creating a huge number of employments.”

His main focus was to create employments, he said. “It is our duty to follow his path of work.” Anwar Group managing director Manwar Hossain said, “Father led a simple life and loved all his workers and staff. He never broke promises once he had made.”  Former DCCI presidents MA Sattar, Aftab-Ul Islam, Hossian Khaled, Abul Kasem Khan, Asif Ibrahim and Md Sabur Khan also spoke commemorating the life and work of late Anwar Hossain.

Before he had started career as an entrepreneur, Anwar Hossain worked as novice at different cloth stores owned by others to learn the business practically.

Then Anwar Hossain opened his own cloth store at a shop number 220 at Chawkbazar in Dhaka in 1953.

By 1960, he took an office in Karachi, Pakistan in order to expand business.

Gradually, he became known as a businessman in Karachi, Lahore and Layalpur.

Hossain established Anwar Silk Mills in 1968 and started marketing the “Mala Sari” made from the factory.

And Mala Sari became a much-talked-about product at that time.