Awami League’s general secretary Obaidul quader confirmed that Salman F Rahman, the vice chairman of Beximco Groupand one of the most experienced businessman in Bangladesh, has been re-appointed as the advisor to the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Salman F Rahman served as the chairman of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) from 1994 to 1996. After emerging as one of the most successful businessmen in Bangladesh, he entered into politics in the mid-1990s. Initially he founded his own political party Samriddya Bangladesh Andolan but later merged it into Awami League.
Salman F Rahman was appointed by the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina as her private sector development adviser soon after the Awami League came into power in 2009. Her decision was welcomed by the experts as Salman is known to be a one of the most experienced businessmen in Bangladesh who proved his capabilities by establishing Beximco as one of the leading corporates in Bangladesh.
Rahman brothers – Sohail F Rahman and Salman F Rahman entered in business in 1966 with their family owned jute mill. Soon after Bangladesh’s independence, in 1972 the government nationalised the Jute Mills and the Rahman brothers laid the foundation of the Bangladesh Export Import Company– Beximco.
Under the leadership of Salman F Rahman, Beximco began trading in medicines. The company enjoys a formidable presence across diverse industries – pharmaceuticals, ceramics, textiles, real estate, energy, trading, media and ICT, financial services, construction and engineering.
At present, Beximco is the largest business group in Bangladesh that employees more than 55,000 people. The company exports its products to 43 countries. Salman F Rahman also owns English daily, The independent and the Bangla News Channel ‘Independent Television’.
Apart from being the vice chairman of the Beximco, Salman F Rahman also serves as the chairman of IFIC Bank. He also presided over a number of other organizations including SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Bangladesh Textile Mills Association, Bangladesh Association of Pharmaceutical Industries and the leading sports organization Abahani Limited. He was also the member of the board of directors at Dhaka Stock Exchange.