Bangladesh Forum Qatar (BFQ) recently celebrated ‘Members Night’ to mark the beginning of the term for the new executive committee for the next two years – 2021-2022 at Sheraton Grand Doha Hotel.
The event was attended by Md. Jashim Uddin, ambassador of Bangladesh to Qatar; senior officials of Bangladesh embassy, Henk Jan Hoogendorn, managing director of Financial Sector Office at QFC; BFQ members and members of the media.
The event was inaugurated by BFQ vice president Captain Shah Alam with a welcome speech. The outgoing president Dr Rashed Noman presented the significant milestones achieved by the forum in 2020 which included the first-ever Bangladeshi trade fair in Qatar – ‘Made in Bangladesh.’
A number of corporate social initiatives were taken by the forum during the pandemic. A webinar titled ‘Bilateral & Synergistic Opportunities between Qatar & Bangladesh’ was also organised. It was participated by prominent business leaders including the ambassador of Bangladesh and CEO of Standard Chartered Bank, Bangladesh.
New president Mohammed Shafiqul Islam presented the new committee with four major functional units and explained the new committee’s plans for the next two years.
During the first half of 2021, BFQ plans to arrange a series of webinar discussions to focus and promote the startups ecosystem in Bangladesh, webinars for Covid-19 vaccine awareness, cultural week during March, and online workshops to focus on investment opportunities in RMG (readymade garments) sectors of Bangladesh, the second largest RMG exporter in the world.
During the second half, BFQ plans to organise a workshop for SME entrepreneurs in Qatar, relaunching of BFQ website with more interactive and connecting features, networking session with other business forums and QFC members, awareness webinar and workshop on VAT mechanism targeting Bangladeshi businessman in Qatar, regular ideation sessions to identify investment opportunities and initiate a mega event idea to host the BGMEA (Bangladesh Garments Manufacturer and Exporter Association) fair in Qatar to shore up the support of various state agencies in Qatar and Bangladesh.
Henk Jan Hoogendorn also echoed the same appreciation and promised full support of QFC to bring synergy in all BFQ efforts in future. He also vowed to work with the new committee to develop new platforms for dialogues that will bring mutual economic benefits for Bangladesh and Qatar.
In his brief speech ambassador Md. Jashim Uddin, congratulated the new committee and appreciated the endeavour of BFQ. He expressed the renewed commitment of the Bangladesh embassy to support all future BFQ initiatives that contribute to the uplift of Bangladesh’s image in Qatar.
He also reminded of the usual challenges that hinder the desired success specially the lack of effective follow-up to ensure continuity and fruitful execution of great ideas. He has emphasised to improve further economic relationship between the two brotherly countries.
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