October 8, 2018: A 2-day long International Conference-’18 was organized on Monday-Tuesday, October 08-09, 2018 at the International Conference Hall of Bangladesh University of Business and Technology (BUBT) Permanent Campus, Rupnagar, Mirpur-2, Dhaka. BUBT organized this conference and the theme of the conference was Sustainable Development through Cross-border Co-operation. A number of highly reputed researchers and professors from different countries attended the program. The conference Patron was Prof. Dr. Shafique Ahmed Siddique, Chairman, BUBT Trust who is the younger son-in-law of the Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh MujiburRahman. He thanked all to participate in the conference.
A series of 7 technical sessions on Business, Economics and Information Technology (IT) was organized during the Conference. The chairs of different sessions on October 9, 2018 include Professor Dr. A B MirzaAzizul Islam, Advisor, former Caretaker Govt. of Bangladesh; Professor Dr. MustafizurRahman, Distinguished Fellow, Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD); Prof. Dr. Ghaleb A El Refae, President, Al Ain University of Science and Technology, UAE; Prof. Dr. Paul Zeleza, Vice Chancellor, United States International University-Africa, Kenya and other dignitaries. Speakers in these sessions revealed that corporate governance in business can be effective, but researches find lack of transparency. Many of the companies are controlled by family members, and independent directors are not playing exact roles in the companies. That situation should be developed to save shareholders in stock exchange market. Banks need to separate its governing bodies and management team to keep operations transparent. Speakers also said thatinclusive finance is important for the economic growth. Currently, mid-level businesses cannot get loans but micro and big finances are available. This is a problem, according to researchers. They also said, Financial literacy is needed to sustain the market and the economy.
On October 8, Professor Dr. Lee Di Milia, Dean, School of Business and Law, Central Queensland University, Australia;Prof. Dr. Julian Teicher, Deputy Dean of Business School, Central Queensland University, Australia; and Prof. Dr Julie Wolfram Cox, Professor of Management, Monash University, Australia were the session chairs.
Before the technical sessions, Professor Abdul Mannan, Chairman, University Grants Commission of Bangladesh (UGC), was present as the Chief Guest of the inaugural session of the conference. He said that Bangladesh has changed a lot and now other nations want to try to learn from Bangladesh to find the key of our development secret. He also said that knowledge has no border, it is a political matter, and we can share knowledge or exchange it to develop ourselves together. But one thing, the purpose of the development and cooperation should be only for human being.
Professor Md. Abu Saleh, Vice Chancellor, BUBT was present as the Session Chair. He said that This International Conference can help policymakers from different countries make development plan and development process in a right path.
Professor Dr. Partha S. Ghosh, Senior Fellow, Institute of Social Sciences, New Delhi, delivered the keynote speech. He mentioned globalization as a challenge for our economy and he emphasized on cross border cooperation to face it. He said, Bangladesh will become a true Sonar Bangla, if it continues its growth. He also focused on more two things (1) Digitalization and (2) Innovation to make the challenges easy.
The daughter’s son of Bangabandhu Mr. RadwanMujibSiddiq Bobby, Councilor, Bangladesh Awami League, Consultant, UNDP and Secretary, Bangabandhu Memorial Trust also was present there. Professor Santi N. Ghosh, Director, BUBT Research Centre and Conference Chair delivered the welcome speech and Professor Dr. Syed Masud Husain, Dean, Faculty of Business, BUBT and Conference Co-chair gave a vote of thanks.