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December 11, 2015
February 23, 2016
Business Heroes Honoured

It was a special nigh to honour the country's five business heroes -- institutions and individuals -- for taking their ventures to a greater height of achievement in their own areas. Each award is a success story and a signpost for ideas and innovations in the world of business.

On a night of triumph for business, M Matiul Islam, Chairman of Industrial and Infrastructure Development Finance Company (IIDFC), was crowned with Lifetime Achievement Award for a career that spanned six decades. He is best recognised as a doyen of banking for building a financial system to jive up the war-ravaged economy soon after the Liberation war. Matiul Islam, as the country's first finance secretary, nationalised six banks and set up Arab Bangladesh Bank, a first step in the private sector.

Commerce Minister Faruk Khan, who graced awards ceremony as the chief

guest. The minister,who gave away the awards to the winners, said it would not have been possible without the hard work of the entrepreneurs and assured the business community that all obstacles to economic development would be removed.

The ceremony was attended by 300 businesspeople, diplomats, bureaucrats, politicians, entrepreneurs, celebrities, civil society members and academics. The  award aims to acknowledge the contributions of companies and individuals in business, create an environment for entreneurship and improve the standards of corporate management.

M. Matiul Islam said his philosophy is to never look back. "I alwase look forward. That is my guiding principle. Life is nothing without productivity."

December 11, 2015
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