Eleven Bangladeshi and six Turkish companies have come together and established the Bangladesh-Türkiye Business Forum (BTBF) to strengthen bilateral ties, expedite connections and optimise potential.
The newly established Bangladesh-Türkiye Business Forum aspires to be the leading business platform to bring Bangladesh and Türkiye closer through innovative branding and building partnerships.
The BTBF was formed at a meeting hosted by the Turkish Embassy in Dhaka recently, read a press statement.
BTBF will solidify support for bilateral trade, investments, and cultural encounters and act as an advocacy platform promoting bilateral relations between Bangladesh and Türkiye, said the embassy officials on Friday.
The BTBF founding members are - BTBF Chairperson Rubana Huq, managing director of Mohammadi Group and vice Chancellor of Asian University for Women (AUW); BTBF Co-Chairperson Salahuddin Kasem Khan, chairman, EC of Board, AK Khan & Co Ltd; BTBF Deputy Chairperson Kazi Zahedul Hasan, founder and managing director, Kazi Farms Group; BTBF Secretary General Ercüment Polat, CEO, United Aygaz LPG Ltd.
Other BTBF founding members are Alihussain Akberali, chairman, BSRM; Anjan Chowdhury, key stakeholder, Square Group; Abul Khair Litu, chairman of Bengal Group Ltd and founder of Bengal Foundation; Enayetullah Khan, founder and managing director, Cosmos Group; Mohamed Haniffa Mohamed Fairoz, CEO and managing director, Singer Bangladesh Ltd; Moinuddin Hasan Rashid, chairman and managing director, United Group; Mirza Salman Ispahani, chairman and managing director, MM Ispahani Ltd; Sk Nasir Uddin, chairman, Akij Group; Emrah Karaca, country manager, Turkish Airlines in Bangladesh; Hakan Altınışık, director, Technology and Innovation, Arçelik; Mehmet Yıldız, administrative and financial specialist, NKY Architects & Engineers; Muhammed Çağrı Ünal, construction coordinator, EPİK Holding; and Özgür Türk, country director, LCWaikiki.
A BTBF delegation is planning to visit Türkiye in September 2022 to meet the Turkish government and business representatives and explore opportunities for collaboration.