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The discussants focused on the overall scenario of Supply Chain Management in Bangladesh, challenges faced by the SME organizations working as suppliers and distributors in the supply chain system and the necessity of developing a supply chain ecosystem. Dr. Mashuir Rahman, Economic Affairs Advisor to the Honorable Prime Minister was present as the chief guest. Mr. Abdul Mannan, State Minister of Finance and Kazi M. Aminul Islam, Executive Chairman, Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (BIDA) attended the roundtable as a special guest.
Amongst the panelists included Mr. Mominul Islam, Managing Director and CEO, IPDC Finance Limited; Rezwan D Shams, DMD & Head of Business Finance, IPDC Finance Limited; Dr. Md. Liakat Hossain, DMD, Bangladesh Krishi Bank and Supply Chain leaders from local & multinational companies attended the round table discussion. Amongst them are, Raquibul Alam, Barger Paints Bangladesh Ltd.; Habibur Rahman, Marico Bangladesh Ltd.; Imtiaz Uddin Chowdhury, BSRM Steels; Asgar Ali, Linde Bangladesh Ltd.; Shahed Latif, Parfetti Van Melle; Md. Rashedul Alam, Bkash Ltd.; Md. Zia Uddin, Reckitt Benckiser Bangladesh Ltd. and Naquib Khan, Nestle also President, Bangladesh Supply Chain Management Society (BSCMS).
Amongst the academician discussants, Prashanta Kumar Banerjee, PhD, Director of Research, Development & Consultancy, BIBM and Professor Shibli Rubayat Ul Islam, Dean, Faculty of Business Studies, University of Dhaka & Chairman, Shadharon Bima Corporation were present. Besides, Jitan Chandanani, Blockchain Leader, International Business Machines Corporation (IBM); Rajish Rajan, Chief Solutions Officer, Cateina Technologies and Arafat Hossain, Challenge Fund Manager, Nathan Inc.; Ana Klincic Andrews, PhD, Financial Inclusion Evaluation & Impact Expert, UNCDF have attended the discussion.