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Quick Chat With Leaders – Part 1

Quick Chat With Leaders - Part 1
Bangladesh Bank Led To Booming Macroeconomic Progress

Prof. Dr. Atiur Rahman

Prominent Economist
Bangabandhu Chair Professor at Dhaka University
Former Governor, Bangladesh

The InCAP: Mr. Atiur Rahman, what kind of measures should Bangladesh take to keep this development trend uninterrupted?

Dr. Atiur Rahman: This developmental marathon must continue unabated, and we should remain focused on the dynamic shifts of our economy that are already in motion. We got to continue our policy support for easing the rules and regulations for both the entrepreneurs and the people who take the services. In fact, easing of business and governance services is itself a better stimulus than just pouring in more money. For that matter, we must remain supportive of the changes that are already taking place and may have been accelerating in the changed context. We need to:

  1. Continue investing more in agriculture, which is now cereal plus including horticulture, fisheries, poultry, and livestock.
  2. Change the energy mix in favor of renewables, if possible, by making more public investment in green energies.
  3. Continue to support ICT infrastructures and encourage more related start-ups.
  4. Improve supply chains, both domestic, regional, and global, utilizing better inclusive diplomacy and digitization of customs and tax regulations.
  5. Improve revenue collection mechanisms by enhancing the capacities of human resources and further digitizations so that the tax-GDP ratio demonstrates a visible spike.
  6. Focus on infrastructures as the force-multiplier for growth. The government’s prioritization on mega infrastructures, particularly the Padma bridge, metro-rail, Matarbari energy hub, and special economic zones, will emerge as the game- changers in taking Bangladesh to a higher growth level by attracting more FDI and as well as domestic investment, which we may not have comprehended yet.
  7. Invest more in education, skilling, and reskilling of the human resources to prepare the country for the fourth industrial revolution, which is knocking at our doors.
  8. Keep the macro-economy highly liquid and stable, remaining bold but cautious without becoming extra sensitive about growing fiscal deficit at this stage of recovery.

The leadership certainly matters in taking a country forward despite all hurdles. We are lucky to have a leader who can look far ahead, act swiftly, care for the people, and remain inclusive. Our journey towards further prosperity continues to gain traction and add more milestones under such a passionate and compassionate leadership, which derives strength from Bangabandhu and 1971. Let’s all give our very best in making this turnaround of our economy.

Which three sectors will you prioritize in pushing the economic development of Bangladesh?

First, of course, the multi-faceted rural economy with cereal, fishing, poultry, livestock, and horticulture. Also, the non-farm sector, which provides more rural income than farm income, should continue to get the required finance and logistics support.

Second, export-led manufacturing, including RMGs, Leather, Jute, and agro-processing products, should continue to get the priority. This sector employs most of our younger labor force, including females.

Third, the remittances must be made further easier to flow without any hassle for the earners who make great strides in difficult circumstances. They must be treated well in the airports and given well-deserved consular plus travel-related services. The better-off remittances providers must be given better options for becoming new investors in Bangladesh under the FDI category.

In addition, they must have priority access to Special Economic Zones so that they can flourish as investors with all the services they need.

You are considered as a leader and mentor. You are the inspiration of thousands of hearts. Please say something to them.

Stay engaged. Never lose heart. Be entrepreneurs instead of always looking for jobs. Give jobs to others instead. Enhance better digital literacy and work for the digital economy. You are our future. Bangladesh has come a long way.

Don’t let it go down. Contribute your part in making Bangladesh more ethical and green. Skill yourselves to run a fast-moving Bangladesh. Hold high the moral values and let women participate in all economic and social activities without fear and favor. They can do their bit without any extra support if the governance and social environments are up to their expectations.

Let us all move in a caravan to fulfill the dream of achieving ‘Sonar Bangla’, which I think is within your reach.

Historic Success in The Regime of Ataur Rahman Prodhan

Md. Ataur Rahman Prodhan

CEO & Managing Director 
Sonali Bank Limited

The greatest achievement of your life as of now

My current position – CEO & Managing Director of Sonali Bank Limited

How do you define patriotism?   

Working honestly

The greatest philosopher in your view

Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman

Meaning of “Success” to you

Work, work, and work

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Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman

Name the most influential books you have read

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

What did you want to be when you were a child?


Which is the best gift you’ve ever received?    

My daughter and son

Your greatest fear 

Scratch on reputation

Favorite Poet and Litterateur

Rabindranath Tagore

What motivates you?  

To live with a significant contribution


Reading books, traveling, and swimming

Best piece of advice you’ve received 

Be honest at work

You in only three words    

Work, Love, Advancement

Interview with The Legend: Abdus Salam Murshedy

Abdus Salam Murshedy

Member of Parliament
Managing Director of Envoy Group

The InCAP: Mr. Murshedy, you handed over 20 takas to your mother in 1973, which you earned by playing football – we want to know how you were feeling at that time!

Abdus Salam Murshedy: My father was a teacher, and I was the youngest amongst 6 children. It was a measured life, and everything was pretty calculative. In the initial stages of me playing football in the area-based matches, in Khulna, I got paid tk. 20 only. It was my first earning and was huge for me at that time. I handed that over to my mother it was an extremely emotional moment in my life which I shall cherish for the rest of my existence.

Envoy Group, which started in 1984, now represents 40 business enterprises. So how did this magic happen?

I had a wonderful team working with me. Since 1984 when we started, the journey allowed me to meet and work with many wonderful souls that greatly contributed to this growth. Our combined relentless efforts, dedication, strong determination, and leadership played a vital role in our success. Our dream to grow more inspired us, and we left none of the opportunities we are learning for.

What’s your plan for your beloved motherland Bangladesh?

I believe that at this point in time, Bangladesh is a successful role model for developing nations, a model for nations showcasing immense potential. I attribute the full credit of this to none other than our Honorable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s visionary leadership. As an entrepreneur and an organizer, I have always ensured to brand Bangladesh in the best way possible to the world, now is my chapter as a member of parliament where I intend to do more for my country’s people in a more intrinsic manner.

I am greatly dedicated to Football development, as the Senior Vice President of BFF, so that Bangladesh football regains the same glory of its days back in the 1980s, within Asia initially. As an entrepreneur, I see our PM’s futuristic visions as the goals we all need to pursue, i.e., the 2041 vision. 

An honest and most dedicated leader, and the best head of state, since 1975 onwards, who contributed the most in the reversal of BD from a bottomless basket to an icon of a developing nation, I salute HPM Sheikh Hasina for allowing us the opportunity to showcase Bangladesh so successfully on the world platform. As an MP, I am a public property – the opportunity that I have as MP, I and my wife are working together to ensure that we live up to the expectation of the people in my constituency – I get ample peace in working for the people.

How do you explain your life so far? What is your life philosophy?

I am a workaholic, and anyone knowing Salam Murshedy will know that too. Any industry starting and growing is easier but hard to retain the same success and standards at all times. When I started work, there was immense risk, but the standard I have set now, to maintain that, it takes continued effort. I still work a minimum of 12 hours each day. Hard work has no alternative, and I always believed this.


Masud Khan

Unilever Consumer Care Ltd
Independent Director
Berger Paints Bangladesh Ltd
Singer Bangladesh Ltd
Community Bank Ltd
Viyellatex Ltd
Chief Adviser
Crown Cement Group

The greatest achievement of your life as of now

Become Chairman of GSK Bangladesh and thereafter Unilever Consumer Care, both of which are giant MNCs

How do you define patriotism?

Doing your bit in developing the nation to be self-reliant, be it imparting education, training, or socio-economic upliftment.

The greatest philosopher in your view


Meaning of “Success” to you

Raising children as fine human beings having compassion for fellow human beings

Name the most influential books you have read

George Orwell – Animal Farm

What did you want to be when you were a child?

Nothing definite as a child, but aspired to be a Chartered Accountant when I started learning about the world

Which is the best gift you’ve ever received?

My wife and two lovely sons

Your greatest fear

Something unfortunate happening to my family

Favorite Poet and Litterateur

Poet – Robert Frost, Literateur – Thomas Hardy

What motivates you?

Praise and recognition

The most admirable personalities from recent times

Greta Thunberg, Angela Merkel (Ex PM of Germany)


Reading, writing, and singing

How many countries have you traveled to?

24 countries

Apart from Bangladesh, which country is your favorite?

United Kingdom

Best piece of advice you’ve received

Have a better opinion of yourself

You in only three words

Simple person, positive nature, professional in work-life


Rupali Chowdhury

Managing Director, Berger Paints Bangladesh 
Trustee of the Board, Bangladesh Business & Disability Network 
Vice President, Bangladesh Economic Zone Investors Association (BEZIA)

The greatest philosopher in your view

All-time favorite Socrates!

Meaning of “Success” to you

To make every stakeholder happy and excited about the future.

Your Icon

There are too many icons, difficult to adore any single person for every trait of his/her personality.

The greatest achievement of your life as of now

To make my organization respected by the majority of the consumers.

Name the most influential books you have read

100 years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez & Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

What did you want to be when you were a child?

Doctor and Singer

Which is the best gift you’ve ever received?

Unconditional love of my parents

Your greatest fear

Being bedridden for a long time

Favorite Poet and Litterateur

Jibanananda Das, Rabindranath Tagore

What motivates you?

Life itself!!!

One hidden habit of yours that you want to let everyone know

Let it remain hidden!!!

The most admirable personalities from recent times

Barack Obama

How do you define patriotism?

To perform one’s responsibilities with honesty and dedication.

How do you want people to remember you after death?

When I am already dead, who cares???

Describe yourself in only three words

Honest, hardworking, and lack of patience


Md. Arfan Ali

President & Managing Director
Bank Asia Limited

The greatest achievement of your life as of now

Pioneering Agent Banking in Bangladesh

How do you define patriotism?

It is the best one can do for his country

The greatest philosopher in your view

Friedrich Nietzsche

Meaning of “success” to you

When you feel satisfied after doing something

Name the most influential book(s) you have read

Anna Karenina, Crime and Punishment, Hamlet

What did you want to be when you were a child?

An Engineer

Which is the best gift you’ve ever received?

My daughters

Your greatest fear


Favorite Poet and Litterateur

William Shakespeare and Rabindranath Tagore

What motivates you?

The wellbeing of others

The most admirable personality from recent times in your opinion

Abdullah Abu Sayeed

Your favorite color


Disclose one of your prayers

Good health for all

Describe yourself in three words

Committed, Truthful, Disciplined

Dr. Rubana Huq Director of BGMEA-theincap

Dr. Rubana Huq

Vice Chancellor, Asian University For Women
Managing Director, Mohammadi Group
Former President, Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association

The greatest achievement of your life as of now

Being a mother

How do you define patriotism?

Patriotism is a spirit of loyalty, love, service and sacrifice

The greatest philosopher in your view


Meaning of “Success” to you

Gratification upon contribution to community and society at large.

Your Icon

My mother

Name the most influential books you have read

Out of the many favourites, Abu Sayid Ayub’s Pantho Joner Sokha 


The Morning of the Magicians: Louis Pauwels and Louis Bergier 

What did you want to be when you were a child?


Which is the best gift you’ve ever received?


Your greatest fear


Favorite Poet and Author

Poet: Derek Walcott

Author: Toni Morrison

What motivates you?



Reading, Writing, Singing, Interior

Your favorite holiday destination


Best piece of advice you’ve received:

Love and be loved.

You in only three words

Courage, conviction and care.

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