Dhaka, Sep 7 : With South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation remaining inactive at the moment, prominent Bangladeshi politician Mahmudul Islam Chowdhury thinks that India can play an important role to strengthen the regional body.
, MI Chowdhury, founder president of International Business Forum of Bangladesh, a leading business trade body of Asia, said due to its influence and importance India can contribute a lot in this regard. Hailing from Chittagong, MI Chowdhury feels that other SAARC members, including Pakistan, should also come forward in this regard. People of South Asian region can be benefitted if the body can be effective.
Chittagong, surrounded by the sea and hills, is the best sea port of Bangladesh. US, China and India held talks with Bangladesh authorities may times for using the port. At last, India has got the permission for using the port. Bangladesh government has built an economic zone in greater Chittagong region. Development works are now going on to make Cox’s Bazaar an attractive tourist spot.
MI Chowdhury served as the mayor of Chittagong City Corporation for several terms. He was also a lawmaker from the area during the tenure of HM Ershad-led Jatiya Party. His father, Aminul Haque Khan Bahadur Bodi Ahmed Chowdhury, was MLC and MLA during the period of undivided India. At present, Khan Bahadur Group has many business establishments.
There are several educational institutions, old age and orphanage centres, madrasah run by the Group. About 100 tube-wells have been set up by the Foundation. There are about 700 bighas of his ancestral land in the area.(UNI)