Year’s Best Entrepreneur in Social and Human Services.
In private sector banking of Bangladesh, in combination of service and humanity, Dutch-Bangla Bank Limited, the only and first Bank established in joint venture in between Bangladesh and a country of Europe set an example by adding a different dimension. Even by combining banking service with the stream of service of humanity, behind transforming the same into the symbol of mercantile success, a multi-dimensional talented man’s highest talent and creativity is working every moment in Banking sector, the men’s name is Mohd. Sahabuddin Ahmed, a solitary wanderer, Chairman of Dutch Bangla Bank. Right from the founding, every moment this Bank is adding new dimensions to the service sector. Alongside market demand, considering social responsibility, in the field of providing highest and most modern Banking service, Dutch Bangla Bank, by mixture of most modern technology and skilled work- services, upgraded Bangladeshi Banking service into international standard. Dutch Bangla Bank is the only bank, which set a unique example by introducing interest in current account.
By commencing journey in the year 1996, DBBL set marks of bright presence not only in the Banking sector, but in all sectors such as society, education, culture, sports. In a little time Dutch Bangla Bank attained the reputation of top ranking Bank of the country, for corporate culture with the service of highest qualitative standard, including introduction of amazing and multi-dimensional banking products and alongside was able to create recognition amongst the common man countrywide. And it has been possible for the reasons of mentionable contributions in social activities of the country especially sports, education, culture thus dedicated to the service of humanity. DBBL is now the name of a Bank very well known country-wide. Fine professionalism in customer service, close sincerity in banker-customer relationship, fastness in decision making, sound fund management and skilled loan management let Dutch Bangla Bank receive recognition of ‘A’ class banking from Bangladesh Bank. In case of deposits highest and in case of loan low interest rates is another specialty of Dutch Bangla Bank. And for this distinguished achievement, the man who is dedicated he is Mr. Sahabuddin Ahmed the Chairman of the Bank. Extraordinarily caring to the society, progressive man Mr. Ahmed. Trade excluding the society or mere business for the sake of business, he indulges nothing of the either. Endowed with sharp personality, social awareness, multi-dimensional talent,
this man, himself staying behind, remaining active to place the institution on the top of reputation, this is a rare instance.
In true sense Mr. Sahabuddin Ahmed is a humanist, trade and industrial entrepreneur. Chairman and Managing Director of country’s very big synthetic spinning industry, Kader Synthetic Fibers Ltd. Even in this case he is also a successful industrial entrepreneur. Even personally he is known as a very religious and generous person. Behind the founding of the Bank, his and his Directors’ development thoughts for the society and the country rather than the commercial thoughts were more active. Other Directors of Dutch Bangla Bank are established and well known in their respective fields. In all-inclusive manner, all look at the interest of country and the society above the persons. And for that reason, despite of being a commercial Bank, Dutch-Bangla achieved extensive popularity participating in different development activities of the Society till now.
The way, Dutch-Bangla Bank involved them in social activities, that is also an instance. With the objective of spending in the service of the people, Bank is providing 2.5% of the profit into Dutch-Bangla Foundation. From this Foundation, in addition to providing Tk.2000 a month to the students of remote areas of the country including Dhaka University and lump sum Tk.5000 one time per annum to purchase Books etc.; different creative and benevolent activities are encouraged and patronized. In the year 2003, Dutch-Bangla Bank made a most modern computer lab for the Department of Economics of Dhaka University, at a cost of Tk.15 lac. Apart from donating 25 wheel chairs for luminous sons of the country, the freedom fighters injured in liberation war, significant amount of money into the relief fund of Prime Minister and Jakat Fund, Bank extends the hands of aid at the time of any national calamity. These activities are run from deep sense of humanity. In this case Chairman of the Bank, Mr. Sahabuddin personally takes special initiatives.
Mr. Sahabuddin Ahmed supposes there is no alternative to industrialization for national advancement. Keeping this objective ahead, to provide assistance regarding capital to the real entrepreneurs, Dutch-Bangla Bank floated Industrial Development Bond of Tk.50 Cr. in the year 2003. This is the first initiative of any private sector Bank. This can be considered as an instance to be imitated. The contribution, deep humanist, patriot, self-confident entrepreneur personality Mr. Mohd. Sahabuddin, is having in country’s socio-economic development, keeping commercial bank not only limited within commercial activities, is unique example in country’ Banking sector. Personally honest, skilled and dynamic Chairman to have reflection of his thoughts, awareness, is giving extra-importance to the needed training to raise the entire workforce as suitable for the time in skill, diligence and professionalism. For Aurthokatha’s wise Board of Juries, nominating this entrepreneur, caring to the humans, skilled and far-sighted, as year’s one of the top personalities, we have sincere wishes and greetings to him.