Eleven Bangladeshi and six Turkish companies have come together and decided to establish the new Bangladesh-Türkiye Business Forum (BTBF) at a meeting hosted by the Turkish embassy in Dhaka on 5th August.
According to a press release of Turkish embassy, BTBF will condense support for bilateral trade, investments, and cultural encounters, also act as an advocacy platform promoting bilateral relations between Bangladesh and Türkiye.
The list of BTBF founding members include Rubana Huq, MD of Mohammadi Group and VC of AUW; Salahuddin Kasem Khan, chairman, EC of Board, Ak Khan and Co Ltd; Kazi Zahedul Hasan, founder and MD of Kazi Farms Group and Ercüment Polat, CEO of United Aygaz LPG Ltd, among others.
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 connection will surely offer more opportunities to explore at both ends.”
Also, 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.
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.
“From now on, there is a new powerful business platform who will rebrand Türkiye in Bangladesh and Bangladesh in Türkiye so that our people can get to know each other better and tap into their full potential through partnerships and joint projects,” ambassador Turan said.
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.