07 Dec 2023, 18:25

FICCI gets new committee

DHAKA, Dec 7, 2023 (BSS) - Chairman and Managing Director of Unilever Bangladesh Limited Zaved Akhtar has been elected as the President of Foreign Investors' Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) for the tenure of 2024-2025.

 At the same time, Eric. M. Walker, Managing Director of Chevron Bangladesh, and Yasir Azman, Chief Executive Officer of Grameenphone Limited were elected as the Senior Vice President and Vice President respectively.

 FICCI held its 60th Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Wednesday at a city hotel and declared about the new Board of Directors of the chamber, said a press release today.

 Zaved Akhtar will succeed Naser Ezaz Bijoy, Chief Executive Officer of Standard Chartered Bank, who served FICCI as the President for the period of 2022-2023.

 The newly elected 15 members of Board of Directors will take charge on January 01, 2024, after the expiration of the tenure of the incumbent board on 31st December 2023.

In his speech, Zaved Akhtar said, "It is with great honour and a sense of profound responsibility that I accept the role of the President of FICCI, a chamber that has been fundamental in sculpting the economic fabric of our nation. Since its inception, FICCI has been a driving force in transforming Bangladesh into a beacon of investment-bringing in 90% of the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and fostering a business-friendly ecosystem that has been instrumental in the growth journey of the country."

 Chamber's current President Naser Ezaz Bijoy expressed his gratitude to FICCI Board of Directors for their enormous support throughout his journey with FICCI as the President.

Congratulating the newly elected President, Senior Vice-president, Vice President, and the Board of Directors, Bijoy said he was confident that the new Board will continue the advocacy to build more strong partnerships and collaborations with the government and other stakeholders to align with the Vision 2041 to build a "Smart Bangladesh."

 Members of FICCI outgoing and newly elected Board of Directors, representatives of FICCI member companies were present at the AGM.