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Regional Banking Conference 2018 held in BIBM

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Bangladesh Institute of Bank Management (BIBM) organized a two day’s long ‘Regional Banking Conference-2018’ for the first time in the history on 4th & 5th March 2018. Two day-long Regional Banking Conference has been inaugurated at  BIBM on March 4, 2018 to bring together the bankers and the researchers of  Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and India to share knowledge, experience and research outputs on banking and related issues. Regional Banking Conference 2018 is the first event jointly organized by Bangladesh Institute of Bank Management (BIBM); Financial Institutions Training Institute (FITI) of Bhutan; National Institute of Bank Management (NIBM) of India; and National Banking Institute (NBI) of Nepal.

Two sessions, Inaugural Session and Business Session-1, were held in the first day of the Regional Banking Conference 2018. The Conference was inaugurated by Mr. Fazle Kabir Chairman, BIBM Governing Board and Governor, Bangladesh Bank. Inaugural Session was chaired by Dr. Toufic Ahmad Choudhury, Director General, BIBM. Inaugural welcome address  was given by Dr. Shah Md. Ahsan Habib, Professor and Director Training, BIBM. Inaugural session was also addressed by special guests from Bhutan, Nepal and India.

In Business Session-1, which was held in the second half of the Day One, four country papers were presented. Business Session-1 was chaired by Dr. Mohammed Farashuddin, Former Governor, Bangladesh Bank and Visiting Professor and Chairperson, Board of Trustees East West University. Professor Shibli Rubayat Ul Islam, Dean, Faculty of Business Studies, University of Dhaka, Dr. Faisal Ahmed, Chief Economist, Bangladesh Bank,  Mr. Md. Yasin Ali, Supernumerary Professor, BIBM and Mr. Syed Mahbubur Rahman, Managing Director & CEO, Dhaka Bank Limited and Chairman, Association of Bankers, Bangladesh were present  as the designated discussants of the session.

Four country papers were prepared to present the status of development in the banking sector of the countries in the region. Papers highlighted the banking environment, structure and regulation of the region.

In the second day, two sessions took place. In the first session of the day, delegates from South Asia presented papers on ‘Operational Issues of Banking’ which was chaired by Mr. Muhammad A. (Rumi) Ali, CEO of Bangladesh International Arbitration Centre. The delegates presented their paper on Credit Risk Management, Foreign Exchange, Market Risk Management, Financial Inclusion & Digital Financial Services, and Risk Governance & Capital Management of the Banking industry. In the second phase, a moderated business session titled “Human capital Development in the Banking Industry of the Region” was held. Mr. Shitangshu Kumar Sur Chowdhury, Banking Reform Advisor of Bangladesh Bank chaired the session. Dr. Toufic Ahmad Choudhury, Director General, BIBM; Dr. K.L. Dhingra, NIBM, India; Mr. Sanjib Subba, CEO, NBI, Nepal; Mr. Penjor Gyeltshen, Head of HR, Admin & Finance, FITI, Bhutan; Mr. Varuna Priyashantha Kolamunna, Country Manager, Commercial Bank of Ceylon PLC, participated as discussants in the session.

The discussants opined that the   importance   of   human   resources   to   any   business organization has long been realized and stressed. This realization of  the  value  of  human  resources  has  led  to  the  proposal  by  experts  that  they  should  be  classified  as  “assets”,  hence  the  term  “human  capital”    To get the best out of the human resources in an organization, there must be substantial and meaningful investment on them.

The discussants also emphasized that organizational  objectives  such  as  profit  maximization,  large market  share,  and  fulfilling  social  responsibility  cannot  be  achieved without    an    efficient    work-force.    Therefore,    human    capital development   is   essential   for   sustainability   and   growth   of   an organization.  It  is  thus  us,  being  realized  now  that  the  forces  that give  life  to  an  organization  are  the  human  energy  and  creativity operating  therein.  In concluding remark, the session chair stated that,  no  matter  how  good and sophisticated capital and technology may be, it is of little relevance  to  the  organization’s  goal  when  managed  and  operated by   underdeveloped   human   resources.   They   do   not   only   lack capacity but also the motivation to use other resources efficiently towards the organizational ends.


Written by Manager

Wednesday 7th March 2018