The Non Resident Bangladeshis can play a very important role in developing the tourism industry in Bangladesh. There are many noteworthy sightseeing in Bangladesh, especially in Cox’s Bazar, Sundarban, Sylhet, and Moynanmoti in Commilla. British Bangaldesh Chambers of Commerce (BBCC) can play a major role to attract this tourism sector to foreigners. The Government is giving incentives to the NRB investors. Civil Aviation and tourism Minister Rashed Khan Menon MP told this in a meeting organised by British Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce at venue in East London on 6 November. The Minister commented this in a meeting organised to inaugurate nine newly elected directors of BBCC. The meeting also focused on the prospective facilities for investing in Bangladesh. He also invited the BBCC representatives to visit Bangladesh.
The Aviation Minister also said that at present there are four daily flights per week in London-Sylhet-Dhaka route. The Civil Aviation Authority is planning to operate extra flights from Manchester and Birmingham. He also said that the in-flight and ground services have improved a lot and there will be hardly any difficulties in future.
The event was conducted by BBCC staff and TV news reader Rujmila Haque. In his welcoming speech, BBCC President Matab Chowdhury mentioned that as part of networking programme, BBCC has established working partnerships with 15 chambers internationally. Sylhet Special Economic Zone work in progress and BBCC has signed a Memorandum with Infrastructure Development International. This company will take part in bidding in Bangladesh on behalf of BBCC.
The Special Guest in the meeting were Chief Executive Officer of Bangladesh Tourism Board Akhtaruzzaman Kabir, Civial Avialtion and Tourism Secretary Khurshid Alam Chowdhury and Rushanara Ali MP. BBCC Director General Mohib Chowdhury introduced the newly elected directors.
Guests who also addressed the audience were BBCC Director and Advisor Nur Miah, Managing Director of Eurofood Salim Hossain MBE and former BBCC President and Director Mukim Ahmed. The newly elected directors and successful businessmen were given certificates from BBCC. The newly elected directors are Ataur Rahman Kuti, Director, Cinnamon Tree Berkshire Ltd; Ahmed Hasan, Director, Auto Service and restaurant owner; Hafeez Alam Baksh, CEO ATN Bangla UK; Alhaj Mohammod Moin Uddin Ahmed, Managing Director, Roseview Hotel and Galord Rose Group of Restaurents; Mohammod Abdul Mukith, Managing Director, Euro Cross Frozen Food; Helal Uddin Khan, Director, Hillside Travel Ltd; S M Khaled Ahmod, Director BK Restaurant and BK Accessories Ltd; Sufi Miah, Managing Director ATN Bangla UK; and Shakur Ali, owner of Jaflong Restaurant. The meeting was ended by the thank giving speech by BBCC Finance Director Sayeedur Rahman Renu JP.
There were hundreds of guests who joined this event from different parts of the UK.
A pre-event press conference was held to update with the current activities of BBCC. At the press conference, in a written statement, Director General Muhib Chowdhury said that, in 2011, when organisation’s President Iqbal Chowdury resigned suddenly from the organisation, the organisation was passing through a difficult time. Since prominent businessman Mukim Chowdhury , Matab Chowdhury as DG and Muhib Chowdhury joined as DG the company got back on the trail. The activities of the organisation speeded up when Matab Chowdhury was elected as President; Muhib Chowdhury was elected as Director General and Sayeedur Rahman Renu JP as Finance Director. President Matab Chowdhury also gave speech in the press conference. Along with nine new directors, other guests who were also present in the press conference were FinanceDirector Sayeedur Rahman JP, Director M Mohaimeen, Director and introducer of British Curry Award Eanm Ali MBE, Membership Director and Managing Director of JMG Cargo Monir Ahmed, Press and Publicity Direcotor journalist Shafiqul Islam, Direcotr Rafique Haidar and Director Momtaj Khan.