BIC’S FIRST EVER SESSION IN SYLHET HELD

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Bangladesh Innovation Conclave (BIC) has initiated the first-ever “ABS Cables Present Sylhet Innovation Dialogue 2020 Powered by LafargeHolcim Bangladesh Ltd.” on 11th January 2020 in the division of Sylhet. The initiative was organized by Bangladesh Brand Forum. In the soaring state of the economy, innovation will be the key to transcend from the present economy (around 300 Billion USD) to a Developed Nation (3 Trillion USD) for Bangladesh in 2041. And this journey will only be possible with the collective growth of every corner of the country, not just the capital. And in this day and age, only technology and Innovation revolution can provide unprecedented opportunities for Bangladesh – both economically and socially.

The vision behind the initiative was to drive the core essence of innovation across key stakeholders – Business, policymakers, academics, professionals, and youth – so the future economy of Sylhet can be reshaped through collective effort. The session was conducted with the objectives of the initiative with the definition of innovations in Sylhet’s context, discuss the importance of contextual innovation, identify the disruptions due to technology now and in future, areas of transformation and finally launch Sylhet Innovation Hub.

The event started with the welcome speech of Mr. Ariful Haque Choudhury, Hon’ble Mayor, Sylhet City Corporation.

The session was comprised of 1 Keynote Session and 2 Panel Discussions with the international and local industry leaders. The keynote session was taken by Professor Dr. Syed Ferhat Anwar, Director, Institute of Business Administration, the University of Dhaka on the digital age of disputed information. Some the eminent panel members of the summit were: Yasir Azman, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Grameen Phone; Jalal Ahmed, Additional Secretary, Executive Project Director, Skills for Employment Investment Program (SEIP), Finance Division, Ministry of Finance, Govt. of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh; Md. Mustafizur Rahman PAA, Divisional Commissioner, Sylhet Division, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh; M. Asif Bhuiyan, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer; LafargeHolcim Bangladesh Limited; Manik Mahmud, Head of Social Innovation & Operation Cluster, a2i; Shafiul Alam Chowdhury Nadel, 1ST VICE-PRESIDENT, Sylhet Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce & Industry & Director, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB); Nazim Farhan Choudhury, Managing Director, Adcomm Limited; Dr. A. K. Enamul Haque, Professor of Economics, East West University; Dr. Foysol Chowdhury, Business Development and Technology Transfer, University of Cambridge; Abu Taher Md. Shoeb, President, The Sylhet Chamber of Commerce & Industry; Swarnalata Roy, President, Sylhet Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Alimul Ahsan Chowdhury, Managing Director- Alim Industries Limited; Dr. Naseem Ahmed, Managing Director, Noorjahan Hospital Ltd. and Prof. Dr. Kamal Ahmed Chowdhury, Former Dean, School of Management & Business Administration, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology.

An initiative by Bangladesh Innovation Conclave (BIC), Sylhet Innovation Dialogue 2020 was organized by Bangladesh Brand Forum (BBF) with title partner- ABS Cables Limited and Powered by – LafargeHolcim Bangladesh Ltd.

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