M A Mannan in Daily Industry Bank Award program
Staff Correspondent: The Planning Minister MA Mannan yesterday said that the capacity of Bangladesh in various fields has increased a lot over the years as the country is now implementing many mega projects alongside different development schemes.
“We’ve now many things to be proud of. We’re now implementing mega projects like Padma Bridge, Karnaphuli Tunnel, Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant…this proves that our capacity has increased a lot,” he said while speaking as chief guest at a seminar titled “The Banking Policy of Bangabandhu and Daily Industry Best Rated Bank Award-2020”. The seminar was jointly organized by Daily Industry and Global Economist Forum at Daily Industry’s conference room in city’s Purana Paltan area.
Mr. Mannan also mentioned that all the countrywide rail tracks would be converted into dual gauge in phases while the work on Dhaka-Chattogram dual gauge rail track has so far witnessed 80 percent progress. Besides, the Bangabandhu Satellite is now making round in the orbit, he added.
Referring to the ongoing work of the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant, Mannan said as more advanced technology would be used in this plant, the local youths could explore their job opportunities here.
He said it is the duty of the government to implement the budget when it is passed in parliament. He said, adding the Prime Minister always wanted to know about the possible outcome of the real beneficiaries before giving approval to a project at the ECNEC meeting.
Turning to the scenario of different sectors before the country’s independence, the Planning Minister said the condition of various sectors including the banking and financial sector was not very good during that time. But, after the country’s independence, the war-ravaged economy of Bangladesh started to rebound gradually under the dynamic and farsighted initiatives taken by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Mannan also noted that after the country’s independence, the country’s GDP growth reached to a healthy number within the next two years.
He also urged all irrespective of their class and creed, to work together for nation building and also to save the country from the clutch of the evil forces.
The Planning Minister said there could be differences in opinion and there is nothing objectionable in it. “But, it’s not fair to exercise power to establish any opinion. None can make any kind of extremist statement.” he added. The CEO of Public Private Partnership (PPP) Authority and Secretary to the government, Sultana Afroz and eminent banker Helal Ahmed Chowdhruy attended the programme as special guests with President of Global Economist Forum and editor of Daily Industry Dr Enayet Karim in the chair.
Executive Editor of Daily Industry Ibrahim Khalil Jewel presented the keynote paper on the Banking policy of Bangabandhu.
Managing Directors and CEO’s of different banks and concerned officials of Daily Industry and Global Economist Forum, were present, among others, at the programme.
In the programme, some 10 commercial banks got the best performing awards given by the Daily Industry.
The representatives of the respective banks received the crest of honour. Planning Minister M A Mannan, MP handed over the crests as the chief guest in the program while Sultana Afroz, CEO of the Public Private Partnership (PPP) Authority and Secretary of the government, Prof Dr Anwarul Karim, Advisor Editor of the Daily Industry, and Helal Ahmed Chowdhury, former Managing Director and CEO of Pubali Bank, spoke in the event as special guests.
The award winning banks are: Shahjalal Islami Bank, Exim Bank, Social Islami Bank, First Security Islami Bank, Al-Arafah Islami Bank, Mercantile Bank, Pubali Bank, Community Bank, Standard Bank, and South Bangla Agriculture and Commerce (SBAC) Bank.
The Planning Minister M A Mannan said, the country’s banking policy was formed by the prudent leadership of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman after the Independence.
The government is trying to implement the all-out development policies to ensure the proper utilization of the resources of the public, he added.
“Who leave Bangladesh for permanent residency in a foreign country should pay the proper taxes and pay bank loans before leaving the country”, he urged.
“Nobody could create bar to the development of the country by hatching conspiracy. Some external and internal groups hatched conspiracy against the construction of Padma Bridge and the World Bank back tracked to funding the project following baseless information that was proved fake by a court of Canada.
The CEO of the PPP Authority Sultana Afroz said the country already experienced huge development works of the infrastructure, transportation and industrialization by the leadership of the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Bangabandhu took all challenging initiatives including the formation of Planning Commission and Central Bank in 1972 as reconstruct the broken economy after the Independence in 1971, she informed.
The country’s picture of the development will be changed after the completion of some ongoing 79 big projects under the PPP, she added.
Prof Dr Anwarul Karim said that the overall development of the country was launched by the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Pakistan confessed that it was wrong to take the attempt to kill Bangabandhu as per the court verdict during the Liberation War, Professor Karim said.
“The young generation should read the history to know the enormous plan for making a self-development country,” he added.
Helal Ahmed Chowdhury, former Managing Director and CEO of Pubali Bank, said, “The country is thriving even in the Covid-19 pandemic period with the help of modern technology-based services. Bangabadhu took all necessary initiatives to make a developed county challenging the obstacles from insiders and outsiders of the government.”
“The countrymen praise the government for turning it to a digital country,” the noted banker said.