Eleven Bangladeshi and six Turkish companies have come together and established the new Bangladesh-Türkiye Business Forum (BTBF) to strengthen bilateral ties, expedite connections and optimise potential, reports UNB.
The newly established Bangladesh-Türkiye Business Forum aspires to be the leading business platform to bring Bangladesh and Türkiye closer through innovative branding and building partnerships.
The BTBF was formed at a meeting hosted by the Turkish Embassy in Dhaka recently.
BTBF will solidify support for bilateral trade, investments, and cultural encounters and act as an advocacy platform promoting bilateral relations between Bangladesh and Türkiye, said the embassy on Friday.
Rubana Huq, Managing Director of Mohammadi Group and Vice Chancellor of the Asian University for Women (AUW) has been elected Chairperson of the BTBF while Salahuddin Kasem Khan, Chairman, EC of Board, AK Khan & Co Ltd elected co-Chairperson.
Kazi Zahedul Hasan, founder & MD, Kazi Farms Group has been made BTBF Deputy Chairperson while Ercument Polat, CEO, United Aygaz LPG Ltd will act as BTBF Secretary General.
Other BTBF founding members are Alihussain Akberali, Chairman, BSRM, Anjan Chowdhury, key stakeholder, Square Group, Abul Khair Litu, Chairman, Bengal Group Ltd. & founder, Bengal Foundation, Enayetullah Khan, founder & MD, Cosmos Group, Mohamed Haniffa Mohamed Fairoz. CEO & MD, Singer Bangladesh Ltd, Moinuddin Hasan Rashid, Chairman & MD, United Group, Mirza Salman Ispahani, Chairman & MD, MM Ispahani Ltd, Sk. Nasir Uddin, Chairman, Akij Group, Emrah Karaca, Country Manager, Turkish Airlines in Bangladesh, Hakan Altinisik, Director of Technology & Innovation, Arçelik, Mehmet Yildiz, Administrative & Financial Specialist, NKY Architects & Engineers, Muhammed Çagri Ünal, Construction Coordinator, EPIK Holding and Özgür Türk, Country Director, LCWaikiki.
Dr. Rubana Huq, following her election as the BTBF Chairperson said, "May this forum strengthen bilateral ties, expedite connections and optimise potential. The business to business and people to people connect will surely offer more opportunities to explore at both our ends."
BTBF will soon be legally constituted to perform its activities through its working groups on trade, investment and cultural activities.
A Research and Data Cell will also be created within its Secretariat to develop collaboration with experts and relevant institutions.
Gender balance will be encouraged in the membership and leadership structure of BTBF.
Salahuddin Kasem Khan, as the BTBF Co-chairperson and Honorary Consul General of Türkiye in Chattogram, said the Forum is significant as some of the oldest and largest corporates of Bangladesh and Türkiye are represented.
The Turkish Ambassador in Dhaka will be patrons of BTBF while Honorary Consul Generals of Turkiye in Bangladesh will be honorary members of the Executive Board.
Mustafa Osman Turan, Ambassador of the Republic of Türkiye to Bangladesh, has expressed his pleasure about the decision of the seventeen Bangladeshi and Turkish companies to unite their forces for the mutual benefit of both of their countries.
A BTBF delegation is planning to visit Türkiye in September 2022 to meet with the Turkish government and business representatives and to explore opportunities for collaboration.