BFQ to empower Bangladesh entrepreneurs in Qatar

January 13, 2021

Doha: The Bangladesh Forum Qatar (BFQ), a Qatar Financial Centre (QFC) registered business forum formed by Bangladeshi professionals and business people from diverse fields in Qatar, has announced its plans for the next two years which includes empowering Bangladeshi entrepreneurs in Qatar.

The forum celebrated its Members’ Night to mark the beginning of the term for the new executive committee (2021-22) at the Sheraton Grand Doha Hotel recently. The event was attended by the Ambassador of Bangladesh to Qatar

H E Md. Jashim Uddin and other senior officials from the Bangladesh Embassy; Managing Director of Financial Sector Office at QFC, Henk Jan Hoogendorn, and other BFQ members.

During the event, which was inaugurated by BFQ Vice President, Captain Shah Alam with a welcome speech, the outgoing President Dr. Rashed Noman presented the significant mile stones achieved by the forum in 2020.

This includes the first ever Bangladeshi Trade Fair in Qatar titled ‘Made in Bangladesh’, which showcased products and services of various sectors from Bangladesh, and was attended by senior members of Bangladesh Government and prominent business icons in Qatar. A number of corporate social initiatives were taken by the forum during the pandemic. A webinar titled ‘Bilateral & Synergistic Opportunities between Qatar & Bangladesh’ was organised and participated by prominent business leaders in addition to the Ambassador of Bangladesh and CEO of Standard Chartered Bank in Bangladesh.

The new President for the term 2021-22, Mohammad Shafiqul Islam presented the new committee with four major functional units and gave a highlight of the new committee’s plans for the next two years. During the first half of 2021, BFQ plans to arrange a series of webinar discussions to focus and promote the Startups Ecosystem in Bangladesh, Webinars for COVID-19 vaccine awareness, Cultural week during March, and Online workshops focusing on investment opportunities in RMG sectors of Bangladesh as the second largest RMG exporter in the world.

During the second half of the year, BFQ plans to organise a workshop for SME entrepreneurs in Qatar, relaunch the BFQ website with more interactive and connecting features, hold a networking session with other Business forums and QFC members, organise awareness webinar/workshop on VAT mechanism targeting Bangladeshi businessman in Qatar, hold regular ideation sessions to identify investment opportunities, and initiate a mega event idea to host the BGMEA fair in Qatar to shore up the support of various state agencies in Qatar and Bangladesh.

In his speech, the Ambassador congratulated the new committee and appreciated the noble endeavor of BFQ. He expressed the renewed commitment of Bangladesh embassy to support all future BFQ initiatives that contribute to the upliftment of Bangladesh’s image in Qatar. He also reiterated the usual challenges that hinder the desired success, specially the lack of effective follow up to ensure continuity and fruitful execution of great ideas. He also emphasised to improve further economic relationship between two brotherly countries Qatar and Bangladesh.

Henk Jan Hoogendorn, Managing Director of Financial Sector Office at QFC also echoed the same appreciation and promised the full support of QFC to bring synergy in all BFQ efforts in the future. He also vowed to work with the new committee to develop new platforms for dialogues that will bring mutual economic benefits for Bangladesh and Qatar.

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