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Annual General Meeting

The Australia Bangladesh Business Council (ABBC)

The Australia Bangladesh Business Council (ABBC) held its 13th Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 20 March, 2021 at the ‘Rowers on Cooks River’ in Sydney’s Wolli Creek. Over 80% of the financial members of the organisation attended the AGM, discussed general course of business, presented financial and annual report and elected a new executive committee for a term of 2 years.

During the first part of the AGM, the outgoing Chairperson, Asif Kawnine highlighted the achievements of his committee since being elected in April 2018. It was applauded amongst all members and guests that ABBC has become a substantial organisation and a peak body for bilateral trade and investment between Australia and Bangladesh. A key achievement of the current committee being the co-host with the Government of Bangladesh through the High Commission in Canberra to deliver the historic first ever 3 day-long Australia Bangladesh Trade Conference (ABTC) at the Intercontinental Sydney in November 2019 was highly celebrated by the delegates.

The activities   of ABBC   during   this   term   catalised   opening of dialogue on the current trade and investment relationship between Australia and Bangladesh and to assess potential opportunities, risks and challenges between the two economies by way of robust dialogue and discussion among key stakeholders including the public and private sector of both Australia and Bangladesh. Asif Kawnine thanked all office bearers and executive members of the organisation for their relentless effort in making ABBC the substantial business association it is today.Abdul Hoque, the outgoing Treasurer, reported the financials of ABBC through which it was evident that the organisation has created a much healthier financial position over the term in   comparison to any earlier terms while carrying out events and activities of significant budget. Upon conclusion of general business,

The committee was dissolved by the Chairperson and an election for a new committee was conducted by Anthony Khouri OAM, Former Honorary Consul General of People’s Republic of Bangladesh, as election commissioner with Monirul Islam and Abu Reza Arefin assisting him in the conduction. The current Consul General for Bangladesh Khandker Masudul Alam was special guest at the AGM and applauded ABBC’s contribution to the greater purpose of economic ties between the two countries.

Members exercised their voting rights to elect the new executive committee and a robust election took place.

  •  Asif Kawnine was unanimously re-elected to be the Chairperson for the new term.
  •  Abdul Hoque and Md. Abu Shahdat Sarkar were elected as Vice-Chairperson.
  •  Md Ariful Haque Sarker was re-elected as Secretary;
  •  AHM Motasim Billah and Zahangir Alam were elected as Assistant Secretary
  •  Mohammed Hossain as Treasurer

Eight Executive Members were elected as follows:    

  • Sazeda Akter
  • Rahmat Ullah   
  • Liton Baul
  • Alexandar John Xenos    
  • Rashed Khan
  • Md Shahinul Islam    
  • Towha Mohammad    
  • Alasdair Dougall

The new office bearers and Executive Committee will select the Advisory Board of the Australia Bangladesh Business Council (ABBC) in the first Executive Committee (EC) meeting of this term.


Joining the Australia Bangladesh Business Council (ABBC) can be a small but powerful tool for your business. As the peak body of Bangladeshi Australian businesses and the businesses involved in trade and investments between Bangladesh and Australia, the impact it creates for its members are unparalleled. By joining the Australia Bangladesh Business Council, you give your business an opportunity to be heard at various levels and be a part of a great movement that promotes growth.


Gain a voice in government

The Australia Bangladesh Business Council takes on the tough issues and lobbies the government for betterment of the business environment. It also helps protect the principles of free enterprise and aids businesses in being treated fairly.

Increase your visibility in the community

As a member of ABBC, you may be listed in the Council's directory and open up the opportunity for your business to be featured in newsletters, social media and can have the opportunity to be highlighted in other Council publications. You also can grow your business by advertising with ABBC and sponsoring events.

Membership brings credibility to your business

You can increase positive perception among consumers and business associates when you’re identified as a member of the Australia Bangladesh Business Council. As an active member of the Australia Bangladesh Business Council (ABBC), you are not a follower but a leader and a game changer. ABBC is impactful and so are it's members. 

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Newsletters provide new member information, interesting information about operating a local business, articles about the local community, a community calendar and details about up-and-coming chamber events, among other things. But don't send more then 2-4 letters a week, it could be annoying.

ABBC events and programs

ABBC events and programs provide members with great opportunities to get to know new people and expand their prospect base. ABBC events are innovative and effective ways to help members meet potential customers, clients and vendors, policymakers.

Networking Opportunities

The ABBC's fundamental mission besides promoting and facilitating bilateral trade is to generate more business activity for it's members. The Council initiates more business-to-business commerce and more opportunities for networking and connecting to key players within various industries including government and policymakers.

Promotion and publicity

With ABBC's membership, you can reach potential clients through member exclusive advertising rates and opportunities for business-to-business advertising and publicity. Some feature sponsorship and marketing opportunities unique to ABBC are exclusive to members only and this space is growing rapidly. 

Get exposure to unique opportunities

With an increasing number of cooperation arrangements between ABBC and other chambers in Australia and Bangladesh, members of ABBC exclusively receive the benefits of first mover advantage when a chamber to chamber business opportunity is circulated. This is a space ABBC is strengthening by the day.

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