March 2018

After managing a stressful big deal at office or the responsibilities at home, our mind always crave for some refreshment. The soul wants to come close to the nature, breathe in the fresh air and the eyes want to experience some exotic scenarios and the body wants to relax. A place, so refreshing and alluring is needed to be chosen to confiscate all these tiredness and stress. Thailand has always been one of the greatest options to be chosen to go for a vacation.

Thailand is known as one of the wonderful countries on Earth. The gorgeous beaches, amazing scenarios, their quality hospitality service etc always make people preferring Thailand as one of the first choice to choose for a vacation spot. Their high quality living standard at a low cost has made it more desirable country to go for travelling. Nowadays, while people go there for travelling, many people from the affluent community have tended to start choosing it as a place to live for good.

Another important factor that has made Thailand as one of the most preferable country to live in is, there are some most striking tax benefits which it offers to any nation of its well heeled inhabitants, as they are only taxed on income sourced in the country. Foreign-sourced income is totally tax free right after the year it is earned. The Thai government has started offering elite residency visas for wealthy foreign citizens, allowing them to live in the country for around $3,000 (£2,403) a year, aimed at capitalizing on increased global uncertainty over borders and immigration.

There are seven different packages, with the most expensive being the “Elite Ultimate Privilege” scheme. It costs $60,000 for 20 years residency, along with a $600 a year membership fee. Included in the price is a state-sponsored concierge programme, entitling members to VIP access to government agencies dealing with immigration, driving licenses, and work permits. The government will also provide complimentary return airport transfers, an annual health checkup at a private hospital and 24 hours spa treatments and golfing trips a year. The special residence visa is issued by the Thailand Privilege Card Company Limited — a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Tourism Authority of Thailand.

Thailand Elite is one of the first programs which is offering all the amazing concierge services at a rational cost. Starting from exploring beautiful scenarios, concierge services to lower cost of living Thailand Elite will do all the work for you. Not only that, they are even helping to obtain a special residence visa, making arrangements so that you get permitted to stay in there for up to 20 years. In providing the level of seamless comprehensive care that we come to demand from our finest concierge service, the entire process is streamlined and hassle-free, and their “Thailand Elite Direct Application Portal” makes applying quick and painless, allowing you to apply without the hassle and easily track your progress online

Regency Hospitality Training Institute is taking a giant leap forward by Partnering with America Hotel and Lodging Education Institute AHELI as the only Global Academic Partner GAP Institute in Bangladesh with a grand opening ceremony at the Dhaka Regency Hotel & Resort.

Established in 1953, the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI) is the training and education arm of the American Hotel & Lodging Association AHLA, one of the finest nonprofit member benefits of AH&LA, is the premier source for delivering quality hospitality education, training and professional certification that serves the needs of hospitality schools and industries worldwide. 

Professional certification from the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute is the ultimate distinction of professional excellence for the hospitality industry. AHLEI certifies and validates competencies in conjunction with academia and industry experts for more than 20 positions in the hospitality industry; designations from front-line to general manager, including the prestigious CHA® – the Certified Hotel Administrator .

22 March 2018, Her Excellency Marcia Stephens Bloom Bernicat, Ambassador of  U.S.A to Bangladesh graced the ceremony as the chief guest and announced the formal launching of the partnership  at the celebration hall of Dhaka Regency Hotel & Resort. Mr. Akhtaruz Zaman Khan Kabir, Chairman Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation chaired the ceremony as the special guest for the evening. This event was hosted by Mr. Shahid Hamid FIH Chief Advisor RHTi and Executive Director Dhaka Regency Hotel & Resort along with Kabir Reza, Managing Director, Dhaka Regency Hotel & Resort.

Dignitaries from over the hospitality and tourism industry, Hotel brand owners; General Managers from the biggest hotel brand names and respected educators from around the country were present at the ceremony to appreciate the initiative and expressed their immense interest to work together in future professional and skill development project in the hospitality industry.

Junior Chamber International is a Global Organization of young active citizens who are committed to create impact in their communities and thus engaged in activities to build a better tomorrow all around the world.  The organization gathers active citizens from all sectors of the society. JCI mission is “To provide development opportunities that empower young people to create positive change”.

Adhering its mission, JCI Bangladesh is going to organize “Youth Leadership Conclave: The Role of Youth in Nation Building” on 24th March, 2018, at La Vita Hall, Hotel Lakeshore, Gulshan-2, Dhaka.

Mustafa Jabbar, Honorable Minister, Ministry of Posts, Telecommunications & ICT of the Government of Bangladesh and Nasrul Hamid Bipu, MP, Honorable state minister, Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources of the Government of Bangladesh will be present at the program and share their inspiring speeches on in front of the audience.

Bangladesh is a land of opportunities and a country powered by people. Its young emerging population is the most potential resource that the country owns. The Youth Leadership Conclave was a daylong seminar, which aims at developing leadership skills in youth:  how they should lead themselves now and become effective leaders in the future to become active citizens and build a better Bangladesh.  More than 250 young individuals, mostly JCI members, emerging young professionals, young entrepreneurs, and university students from diverse background are expected to participate at the Youth Leadership Conclave from different parts of Bangladesh.

Distinguished and renowned experts from different fields, corporate icons, industry role models, front-runners of different associations and successful thought leaders of Bangladesh will share their knowledge, ideas and guidelines to the participants on technological advancement: opportunity and prospect in Bangladesh, future of entrepreneurship, the progress and future of Bangladesh as a nation and role of youth etc. through different sessions. The four major themes for this conclave are, ‘Next Generation Technology’, ‘Bangladesh-The Next Asian Tiger’, ‘Future of Entrepreneurship’ and ‘Change Begins with Me’. The sessions will inspire the youth to be action-oriented and future-focused in the role of nation-building.

At the program, Syed Almas Kabir, President of BASIS; Sonia Bashir Khan, MD of Microsoft Bangladesh; Ashish Chakraborty, Director of e-commerce Association of Bangladesh and Mostafizur Rahman Sohel, Director of BASIS will speak at the session called ‘Next Generation Technology’.

Similarly, Faisal Ahmed, Chief Economist of Bangladesh Bank; Shariful Islam Mohiuddin, President of FBCCI; Nihad Kabir, President of MCCI; Atiqul Islam, Former President of BGMEA will speak at the session titled ‘Bangladesh: the Next Asian Tiger’.

Ejaj Ahmed, President of BYLC; Sohana Rouf Chowdhury, Director of Rangs Group; Azeeza Khan, Director of Summit Group and Imran Karim, Vice Chairman of Confidence Group will speak at the session titled, ‘Future of Entrepreneurship’.

Marc Brian Lim, JCI President; Waqar A Choudhury, 2004 JCI VP; Nessar Maksud Khan, 2003 JCI VP; Data Magfur, 2006 JCI VP and Amzad Hussain, 2016 JCI VP will speak at the session, ‘Change begins with me’.

Fayaz Atiqul Islam, National President, JCI Bangladesh is going to host this inspiring program on behalf of National Governing Board and the members of JCI Bangladesh. The program’s convener will be Sarah Kamal, 2018 National Legal Counsel, JCI Bangladesh.

Do you want to be inspired by creative geniuses? Or, listen to the captivating stories of sorrows and success? Then, you are in luck as TEDxBaileyRoad is all set to roll out the carpet for different speakers on March 24, 2018.If you haven’t registered already, then there is nothing to worry about as on-spot registration will be available on the day of the event. TEDxBaileyRoad  is only the second standard licensed TEDx event in Bangladesh, and the first on ever to be based on TEDx to happen.

TED itself is a non-profit organization that operates worldwide and is dedicated towards celebrating the connecting aspects of disciplines from our lives that cross through and often get knotted in a creative way through powerful talks delivered by speakers who embody talent and genius.

TEDxBaileyRoad is a platform for different people to share their ideas, life experiences and to put it simply, their perspectives, in a wide plethora of topics, ranging from science, business, culture and many more. Millions of Bangladeshis possess immeasurable potential, but unfortunately, the stories of these extraordinary individuals don’t see the light of the day. That is why, TEDxBaileyRoad has made it its mission to discover these creative souls and ensure that the latter’s voices echo throughout the world.  This event is about celebrating creativity and encouraging everyone to be creative, as anyone can internalize it regardless of his or her background or financial capability.

The speakers scheduled to appear at the event have each created a niche position in their respective fields. Each individual offers a unique aspect on life. Every member of the audience will find something to relate to. Whether it’s art, culture, science or just a heartwarming success story, there will be something for every single person to resonate with. The line-up includes people from fields such as business, music, education and many others. Their creativity is second only to their electrifying energy:

  • Mustafizur R Khan is serial entrepreneur, investor, and filmmaker with SD Asia whose ventures include a co-sharing workspace and StartUp Dhaka (a local business site)
  • Rana Ghose is a curator, economist, writer, and filmmaker, and also leads a group of 12 musicians who perform in the context of electronic music production. He is also the founder of TEDxBaileyRoad.
  • Zubair Ahmed is a serial entrepreneur, investor, AI advocate at Zubair splits his time between Tokyo and Singapore has an enviable CV that boasts astounding credentials and makes him stand out of the crowd.
  • Jannati Hossain (entrepreneur/ Urbiruhu, traveler): Jannati is part of the Arts and Humanities company that is Urbiruhu; it’s an eco-friendly venture that strives to bring out the creativity and hard work of individuals, as well as helping the marginalized communities.
  • Salimullah Khan is a professor, historian, cultural studies, researcher at University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh who has written widely on politics, history, and culture, and has an extensive knowledge on a series of critical issues such as communalism, Westernization and colonialism.
  • Samir Obaid (music composer, sound designer / Adhkhana Muzik): Samir proudly describes himself as a spiritual individual, who believes in living a physically active life. He is profoundly knowledgeable in advertising, including in television and radio.
  • Radhika Tabrez is an Indian author, currently residing in Bangladesh. She describes herself as being a mother to a spirited five-year-old, writing coach, motivational speaker and a freelance training strategist.
  • Raeeda Ahmed (social commentator, voice artist): A humanitarian and activist, Raeeda is still a student and continues to voice her opinions. Her views on marriage equality are especially critical.
  • A developmental specialist, Adnan is driven by a desire to help people. He has been a pioneer in education by managing to provide 655 students with free primary education through his initiative, It’s Humanity Foundation (IHF).
  • A musical genius, Shoummo Saha is an exemplary individual who excels in various forms of music. He is thriving in the underground electronic music scene.
  • Armeen Musa is a singer and a songwriter, Armeen’s soulful music is the result of an incomparable genius. Her most famous hit is the rendition of Radha Raman’s “Bhromor Koio Giya’ with producer Fuad Almuqtadir, which amassed over 4 million views on YoutTube.
  • Rumi Khan is an individual with many feathers on his cap. Not only is he a founding member of a leading Australian financial technological accelerator but is also involved in various types of sports.
  • An epitome of grace and talent, the founder of Shadhona, Lubna Marium is a dancer, art director, researcher and cultural activist. A former banker, she delves into philosophy and Sufism to fuel her spirituality.
  • Navina Aziz Kabir’s parents are deaf and growing up, she witnessed the difficulties faced by people who are hearing-impaired, which inspired her to become a Sign Language Interpreter.

TEDxBaileyRoad is pulling out all stops to prepare a stellar event on March 24, 2018 at 3D Hall, Krishibid Institution Bangladesh, and tickets are available for public online. If you love to be inspired, nurture your creativity or simply like a good story, then TEDxBaileyRoad is where you should be.

CEMS Global – Conference & Exhibition Management Services Ltd is pleased to inaugurate the ‘3rd Food & Agro Bangladesh International Expo 2018′ along with two concurrent exhibitions titled ‘3rd Agro Chem Bangladesh Expo 2018’ & ‘3rd International Poultry & Livestock Expo 2018’ which is scheduled to be held from 21 to 24 March 2018 at International Convention City Bashundhara (ICCB) in Kuril, Dhaka, Bangladesh. 

‘3rd Food & Agro Bangladesh International Expo 2018’ will be a perfect platform for Manufacturers & Suppliers to showcase their food & agro products/ services / hospitality Sector and the Expo will assemble agents, distributors, importers, trading companies, wholesalers, retailers, business representatives restaurants, consumers and other bulk purchasers from home & abroad.

On this occasion, CEMS & BSAFE Foundation jointly hosted seminar titled ‘FoodCon Bangladesh 2018’ (powered by ACI) to discuss various issues related to food and agriculture, such as how sustainable farming can combat environmental hazards and secure safe food supplies from “plot to plate”.

The seminar will address following food and   agricultural issues

  • Food safety through consumer’s lens
  • Food safety governance
  • Production, processing and marketing
  • Financing for promotion of safe food supply chain
  • Investment in Research and Development
  • Safe food and environment

Mr. Mohammad Ismail, Chairman, Bangladesh Krishi Bank has kindly consented to be the chief guest of the Seminar and moderator of the seminar will be Mr. Anwar Faruque, Member, BSAFE Foundation (Former Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture).

The distinguished speakers in the forum were be Mr. Ataur Rahman Miton, Secretary General, BSAFE Foundation; Dr. F H Ansarey, Managing Director & CEO, ACI Agribusinesses; Dr. Monowar Hossain, Executive Director, BSAFE Foundation; Mr. Md. Imrul, Hasan, National Consultant Food Safety System Specialist, FAO; Mr. Nazrul Islam Khan, Director, RDA, Bogra; Mr. Sakiul Millat Morshed, Executive Director, SHISUK and Mr. A. N. M. Rezaul Karim, Former Director, Bangladesh Rice Research Institute, Vice President, BSAFE.

On behalf of CEMS & BSAFE Foundation, it was our privilege to cordially invite you and your colleagues to take part in this highly informative discussion by renowned business and knowledge leaders from public & private sectors.

Venue  : Seminar Hall, International Convention City Bashundhara (ICCB), Dhaka

Date     : Thursday, 22 March 2018

Time    : 10:30 AM – 12.30 PM

I confess, like many others, I harboured every prejudice in the book. Priyanka Chopra at the Global Skills and Education Forum* – seriously?!? I appreciate that glamour is important. You cannot get a message across if you do not have an audience to begin with. But celebrity is not content; it provides the visual, not vision. What would a ‘beauty queen-turned-Bollywood actress’ know about preparing kids for the future?

As it turns out, our 45-minute dialogue with her was the most impactful display of power, passion and purpose. She was on point and in tune throughout, turning the staunchest of cynics around. Preparedness for the future is about skills and education broadly defined. That includes outlook, ambition, attitude, grit, resilience, empathy, cross-cultural sensitivity and much more. Priyanka’s personal story displays dollops of these.

But her story is also in the telling.

She was at once articulate, playful, combative and engaging in a wide range of issues. Her answers were not superficial tweetables replayed from some briefing notes. We came at her in an improv setting from a variety of angles – from the role of talent, hard work and destiny to what defines a global citizen, and what it truly means to be a feminist. There were no platitudes. Every answer was grounded in personal experience and extrapolated from observations. During an extended Q&A with the audience, she stayed on the front foot, connecting and sparring with the questioner.

Once you remove the veil of prejudice, none of this is really a surprise.


If you look at her portfolio in totality, Priyanka Chopra is the most accomplished acting professional from the Indian film industry. No-one else, male or female, has simultaneously ruled the roost domestically and appeared as a protagonist or lead antagonist on mainstream screens in the west. While she has earned international acclaim for her role in Quantico, followers of her filmography at home point to the wide spectrum of roles in Aitraaz, Fashion, Mary Kom and Barfi.    

As one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2016 and a social media following of over 70 million, Priyanka uses her reach for good. We heard her relate how seriously she takes this responsibility – shining the spotlight that comes to her (in her diamond-encrusted gown at the Emmys) onto the plight of refugees and displaced people.

I challenged her on her advocacy for global citizenship. Is it not the case that if you are a citizen of the globe, you are a citizen of nowhere? Her response is a keeper:

“I’m a global citizen because the world matters to me. Just because I live here doesn’t mean that I shouldn’t be concerned with what is happening elsewhere. A global citizen is someone who is aware of his or her privilege. It is someone who understands that no matter where in the world you go, there will be someone who is worse off than you. That gives you responsibility”.  

She underscores the point once again when a teacher in the audience asked what message she would give to school children. Her message is this:

“If you are already going to school, if you have access to books, you should understand that you are already privileged. Do not take your education for granted. Go to school, graduate, make a future for yourself because you can make a future for this world. We depend on kids who go to school. There are millions of kids in this generation who will not have that. Compensate for those who don’t get it. Make opportunities for those who don’t have it. Understand your privilege and change the world!”. 

The centrepiece of our dialogue however, was her passionate defence of feminism and fair play between the genders. “Is feminism compatible with beauty paegants”?, I asked gingerly. “Isn’t feminism about giving women the ability to make their own choices without being judged”?, she shot back.

She went on to describe why #TimesUp is such an empowering movement. “It brought the globe together. It means that we’re not going to stay silent anymore – whatever, whichever whereever. You can’t tell anyone to not speak up against things. We’re not ok with that being normal. We stand up for our rights, we stand by each other and we have our brothers-in-arms who are standing with us”.

Women’s rights was a recurring theme during Q&A. Here is a sample: How do you deal with the presumption that the same activity makes a man ‘driven’ but a woman ‘bossy’? What do you have to say about the objectification of women in entertainment? What more can the government do to change attitudes to women? How should students mobilize against injustice? Would you call yourself an entrepeneur? How do you rate the education system in South Asia? How do we train students in the ‘skills’ of empathy, creativity and collaboration? How do you take isolated examples of positive stories and scale them elsewhere? 

On each occasion, she is quick on the ball and punchy with her response. However, what provided the greatest entertainment and through that, great elucidation, was her feisty response to a gentleman who effectively made a charge of ‘reverse sexism’. The relish with which she addresses it is worth watching without intermediation. Take a look – at the 43-minute mark.

Priyanka Chopra has that X-factor that makes her not only suited but essential to gatherings such as the Global Skills and Education Forum. Realising this was most educational for me. Kudos to the Varkey Foundation for an insightful program!

The Global Education and Skills Forum was held on 17-18 March 2018 alongside the ceremony for the annual Global Teacher Prize which this year was won by Andria Zafirakou from Alperton Community School in Brent, London.

Lutfey Siddiqi is a Visiting Professor-in-Practice at the LSE and member of the voting academy for the Global Teacher Prize.

With the wide variety of original products from world’s number 1 IT brand Apple, Executive Machines Limited has inaugurated its Gulshan showroom in presence of prominent journalists.

Apart from Apple’s laptop, desktop, iPhone, iPad, iPod and other accessories; products from other brands authorized by Apple will be available in the showroom with reasonable price and quality after sales service. All Apple products from this showroom will avail one year of after sales service. Apart from Executive Machines Limited and authorized service centers in Bangladesh, customers can receive after sales service from Apple stores and Apple authorized service centers all over the world. Executive Machines Limited is one of the Apple authorized after sales service provider in Bangladesh. There are two showrooms of Executive Machines Limited in Bangladesh including this new one. The company has plans of opening a few showrooms in this year.

In the inauguration ceremony, Mr. Joel Reifman, Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy, Dhaka was present as the Chief Guest. Mr. Abdul Matin, Director, and Dewan Muhammad Sajid Afzal, Director Operations, Executive Machines Limited were also present.

Ahead of the Independence Day on March 26, Executive Machines Limited will offer up to 26% special discounts on Apple authorized accessories, and up to 5% discount on original Apple CPU and Apple accessories starting from today in both the showrooms in Gulshan and IDB Bhaban.

The new showroom is located at the following location: Executive Machines Limited, Apple authorized reseller, Concord Bilkis Tower (Ground Floor), 40/6 North Avenue (Madani Road), Gulshan-2, Dhaka-1212.

CEMS Global – Conference & Exhibition Management Services Ltd, is presenting the ‘13th Dhaka Motor Show’, ‘4th Dhaka Bike Show, ‘3rd Dhaka Auto Parts Show’ and ‘2nd Dhaka Commercial Automotive Show’ from 22-24 March 2018 at International Convention City Bashundhara (ICCB) in Kuril, Dhaka.
This is the biggest and only International Exhibition on Automotive, Commercial Vehicle, Bike & Auto Parts sector in Bangladesh. This will be a one-stop single platform to showcase the latest developments and emerging technology for the automobile industry. This event will promote the Bangladeshi & world automobile and auto-component industry which will reveal the country’s rapid developments in this industry and will also be a launching platform for many new vehicles as well as new technology components.
Renowned and leading Car/Motorcycle distributors & dealers along with Lubricant Companies, Battery & CNG Conversion Companies and Automotive Component Manufacturers & Importers from Japan, France, Korea, China, USA, Italy, Vietnam, UAE, India, Bangladesh & many more, will be showcasing their products in over 620 booths from 16 countries across five halls. CEMS Global has received a huge response from the exhibitors for the motor show and has seen a good increase in a number of participants compared to previous years, along with the addition of numerous offers & discounts from exhibitors.
CEMS Global has been proudly organizing exhibitions and is celebrating 25 years of inception in the year 2017. Since its inception in 1992, CEMS Global in this span of over 25 years has made a commendable presence in South & South-East Asia, South America as a Multinational Exhibition Organizer with operations in 7 countries & organizing over 40 exhibitions per annum on all important sectors of the trade and economy. Based in New York, which hosts the group’s headquarters; the branches of CEMS Global’s expanded offices are operated in the following countries: India, China, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, and Brazil.
SUZUKI Motors is the Platinum Sponsor of ‘4th Dhaka Bike Show 2018’, Energypac is the Platinum Sponsor of ‘2nd Dhaka Commercial Automotive Show’. Bike BD is the online media partner of ‘4th Dhaka Bike Show 2018’; BD Motor Cyclist is the community partner for ‘4th Dhaka Bike Show’; ‘Concord Entertainment Co. Ltd.’ is the entertainment partner, ‘’ is the online partner and ‘Ryans Archives Ltd’ is the media monitoring partner for all the exhibitions.
The Exhibition’s broadcast partner: Independent TV; Radio partner: Spice FM; Media partners are The Daily Star – Shift & The Daily Shomokal; Magazine partner is ICE Business Times; Automotive Blogging Partner is Auto Rebellion; Creative Partner is Market Edge Ltd.; IT Partner is Aamar Tech and Hospitality partner is At Earth Ltd.
The show will be open to trade & public visitors from 10:30 AM to 8:30 PM every day from 22-24 March 2018 at International Convention City Bashundhara in Kuril, Dhaka. For more information, please visit us at

JCI Dhaka West in partnership with IFMSA Bangladesh organized a day-long “Dental Camp” for the people of JCI Suburban Community in Kalatia, Keraniganj. The documentation partner was The Gallery. This was the first ever dental camp in that area and it served about 300 people. The local community leaders and members along with the Local Chairman of Kalatia, Taher Ali was present in the camp. The idea behind the camp received positive feedback and there are plans for monthly expansion. Borton Everill, the JCI Global Vice President Rochelle along with Erfan Haque, National Vice President, and Shahedul Azam, Project committee chair, also visited the camp and were happy to see such an initiative launched by JCI Dhaka West. The president of JCI Dhaka West Mehedi Hossain commented, “We have started our project “Healthy Living” in JCI Suburban Community with this Dental Camp. We have a plan of having six different camps focusing on six different health issues and therefore trying to ensure a healthy living for the community people.”