UK Bangladesh Catalyst of Commerce and Industries has celebrated the New Year in a festive mood
along with a network meeting. A number of business organisations across the UK, community
leaders and journalists took part in the New Year celebration and networking meeting and wished a
successful and active future for the organisation.
The celebration and networking meeting took place in Amana Centre in East London on 15 January.
President of newly formed UK BCCI Bajloor Rashid MBE presided over the meeting. The programme
was started with the welcoming speech of Chairman and founder of the NRB Bank Bangladesh Iqbal
Ahmed OBE. UKBCCI Director Anwar Babul Miah conducted the meeting. Bangladesh High
Commissioner to the UK Abdul Hannan attended the event as Chief Guest.
Among other guests who addressed the audience included UKBCCI Finance Director Najmul Islam
Nuru, London Region President Jamal Uddin Mokoddus, Director Saiful Alom, Oli Khan, Farzana Nila,
Rohima Miah, UK Council of Sign Business Association Leader Peter Wang Moore, BCA President
Pasha Khandokar, Secretary M A Munim, Editor of Curry Life and Weekly Jonomot Syed Nahash
Pasha, Editor of Bangla Mirror Abdul Karim Goni and other community leaders.
On his Chief Guest’s speech Abdul Hannan said that the UK residing businessmen are playing an
important role in the development of Bangladesh. Now businessmen of Bangladesh enjoy a strong
bond with their UK counterparts. He urged all the UK residing business community to invest more in
Bangladesh and to contribute more in the economy of Bangladesh. He assured that Bangladesh
Government will provide all types of possible help to encourage the businessmen to invest more in
Chairman Iqbal Ahmed MBE said that his organisation would not limit its activities in meetings and
dinners. They would rather provide training and counselling so that the new businesses can flourish
and success rapidly and can also establish links with Bangladesh.
President Bajloor Rashid MBE said that his organisation has formed on a commitment to build bridge
between the businesses of Bangladesh and UK. He urged all UK business organisations to get their
On their speech, the leaders emphasised that business people from the Bangladesh and the UK are
working hard to accelerate the growth of economy. To be on par with the modernized backdrop of
world economics, they need a prompt cooperation and a prolific connection. Bangladesh needs
more of Direct Foreign Investment and a business friendly environment that could ensure long-term
sustainability and growth. This can only be attained through effective participation of all sects
The newly formed UKBCCI aimed at to set up a consultant network connecting leading and
experienced business persons along with key Government personnel from the UK and Bangladesh to
help the existing and upcoming entrepreneurs. The networking meetings are part of this project and
soon they will be able to meet the top leaders and policy making bodies to achieve the maximum
benefit for the business people as well as the countries.