Bangladesh Bank (BB) Governor Fazle Kabir on Thursday urged the officials of state-owned Sonali Bank to deal with customers with full professional attitude.
The governor was addressing as the special guest at Sonali Bank's 50th Anniversary and Golden Jubilee celebrations programme at Bangabandhu International Conference Center (BICC) in the capital on Thursday.
He said the bank has contributed a lot to the economy which it should uphold in future.
The journey of Sonali Bank started on March 24, 1972. Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had given the names for Sonali and other state-owned banks after the independence.
Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal, as chief guest, said the cooperation of banks is needed to alleviate hunger and poverty from the country by 2030.
“The country will be developed with the cooperation of all. Without the banking sector the country will not be developed,” Kamal said.
If the country does not develop, the banks will not be able to improve their financial condition, he said.
With Sonali Bank Chairman Ziaul Hasan Siddiqui in the chair, Matiul Islam, the first finance secretary of Bangladesh and Abdur Rauf Talukder, the current finance secretary also spoke in the function.
Md. Ataur Rahman Prodhan, CEO & Managing Director of Sonali Bank, delivered the welcome speech at the function.
Dr Atiur Rahman, former BB governor, and Sheikh Mohammad Salim Ullah, secretary, Department of Financial Institutions, Ministry of Finance were present as special guests.
The finance minister inaugurated the Golden Jubilee celebrations of Sonali Bank by cutting a cake.
Highlighting various criticisms, the governor said that it takes time for Sonali Bank to process a loan. These need to be done perfectly.
Recalling the Hall-Mark scandal, Fazle Kabir said, "After that, there was a bit of conservatism in lending."
This mentality will not work, he said urging bankers to change their attitude and lend money in proper cases to get business going.