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Abdur Rouf takes charge as BB governor

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 13 July, 2022 12:00 AM
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Newly appointed Bangla-desh Bank governor Abdur Rouf Talukder took office on Tuesday.

He arrived at the central bank around 10am on the first working day after Eid holidays when the BB officials received him.

The central bank officials gave a formal reception to the 12th governor of Bangladesh Bank.

Four deputy governors welcomed the new governor with a bouquet.

The new BB governor paid homage to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman by placing a wreath at his portrait on the central bank premises. Later, he exchanged greetings with the officials.

On June 11, the Financial Institutions Division under the Ministry of Finance announced the former finance secretary as the new governor of the central bank for the next four years.

He succeeded Dr Fazle Kabir, whose tenure ended on July 3 after serving for over six years in three consecutive terms.

The central bank remained without anyone at the top post from July 4 to July 11 as Abdur Rouf had to take early retirement as the finance secretary as per rules of government service after his appointment was announced.

Abdur Rouf joined the Bangladesh Civil Service in February 1988 (BCS 1985 batch). He held various government posts in his long and colourful career.

He worked in the finance division for more than 18 years before taking charge as the finance secretary on July 18, 2018.

Abdur Rouf has contribution to budget reforms, macro-economic management and introducing IT-based public financial management.

He has played a pioneering role in MTBF implementation, government staff salary automation, introducing electronic fund transfer facility for the pensioners, and national savings certificate automation.

The new BB governor was also active behind formulation of a number of laws dealing with public money and budget management, surplus revenue of public corporations and universal pension scheme.

He steered the finance division towards bagging the ‘National Integrity Award 2020-21’ and ‘Public Administration Award 2021.’

Besides, Abdur Rouf served industries, food and information ministries.

Hailing from Sirajganj, Abdur Rouf obtained MBA degree from Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Dhaka University and a Masters degree on Development Management from University of Birmingham, UK.