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Posted on Mar 2, 2020 |



Institute of Chartered Secretaries of Bangladesh (ICSB) has organized a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme on “Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) & The Role of Chartered Secretaries” on February 22, 2020. Md. Sirazul Islam, Executive Chairman, Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (BIDA), Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh attended the program as the Chief Guest. Muzaffar Ahmed FCS, the President of the Institute chaired the Session. Mohammad Sanaullah FCS, Immediate Past President and Chairman, Professional Development Sub Committee of the Institute presented the Keynote Paper on the subject subject. Md. Ariful Hoque, Director, Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (BIDA) and Mohammad Bul Hassan FCS, Senior Vice President of the Institute were the Official Discussants on the Keynote Paper.

From left: Md. Ariful Hoque, Muzaffar Ahmed, Md. Sirazul Islam, Mohammad Sanaullah and Mohammad Bul Hassan

Keynote paper presenter highlighted the activities of BIDA in facilitating foreign investment, role of Chartered/Company Secretaries towards services to investors and to contribute in foreign direct investment. He also highlighted the Chartered Secretary profession in new perspective, as they have the diversified expertise in corporate sector, they can work with BIDA in building confidence of the investors and they have capacity of fulfilling investors desire. He categorically pointed out investment opportunities in Bangladesh and investment obstacles as well. He recommended on different issues which BIDA needs to address to attract foreign investors and Chartered Secretary can contribute to fulfill the BIDA’s objectives.

Chief guest in his address stated that he is happy to be associated with such important Program. He appreciated that the initiative of Institute of Chartered Secretaries of Bangladesh in holding such important Continuing Professional Development Program for its members which is very informative. He also stated that BIDA will consider the suggestions of the Keynote speaker with importance so that Chartered Secretaries can work in collaboration with BIDA for the interest of the investment promotion.

In taking part discussion Mr. Md. Ariful Hoque opined that being government investment development agency BIDA works for particularly for the development investment friendly environment and it good to hear that ICSB expressed their interest to be a part of investment development activities of BIDA. ICSB’s contribution towards establishing good governance in the corporate sector will certainly increase confidence of investors as stated by him.      

President of the Institute chaired the secession. In his welcome and sum up speech he mentioned that building confidence of the investors not less important than the issues of ease of doing business.  He also mentioned that BIDA is right agency to do so but BIDA alone may face difficulty without the help of professional like Chartered Secretary

The lively program ended with an interactive question & answer session where the Chief Guest, Chairman, Keynote speaker and discussants answered different questions of the participants.

The Program was attended by a large number of Members of the Institute who are working in different listed companies of the country, Corporate Leaders and Govt. Officials.

Md. Shamibur Rahman ACS

Secretary in Charge