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September 23, 2017
Inauguration of Agent Banking Campaign Grow & Gain

Caption: Mr. Md. Arfan Ali, President & Managing Director of Bank Asia is inaugurating Agent Banking Customer Acquisition campaign ‘Grow & Gain’ by cutting a cake at a simple ceremony held at the Corporate Officer of the Bank at Purana Paltan in the capital city Dhaka today (Saturday, 23 Sept., 2017). Deputy Managing Directors of the Bank Mr. Mian Quamrul Hasan Chowdhury and Mr. Mohammed Borhanuddin, Senior Executive Vice President Mr. Md. Sazzad Hossain, Senior Vice President Mr. AKM Mizanur Rahman, Vice President & Head of Agent Banking Division Mr. Md. Ahsan Ul Alam and Chief Executive Office of ERA Info-tech Mr. Sirajul Islam are, among other, seen in the picture.

 

Bank Asia Agent Banking launched customer acquisition campaign ‘Grow and Gain’ aiming to reach faster and uninterrupted service to the doorstep of rural people amid increasing number of customer and expansion of its service network. Mr. Md. Arfan Ali, President & Managing Director of the Bank rolled out the campaign program by cutting a cake at a simple ceremony held at the corporate office of the Bank at Purana Paltan in the capital city Dhaka today (Saturday, 23 September, 2017).

Deputy Managing Directors Mr. Mian Quamrul Hasan Chowdhury and Mr. Mohammed Borhanuddin, Senior Executive Vice President Mr. Md. Sazzad Hossain, Senior Vice President Mr. AKM Mizanur Rahman, Vice President & Head of Agent Banking Division Mr. Md. Ahsan Ul Alam and Chief Executive Office of ERA Info-tech Mr. Sirajul Islam were, among other, present. Field level Supervisors and Team Leaders of Agent Banking Service attended the program.

At the function Mr. Md. Arfan Ali termed Agent Banking Service as an appropriate development initiative for the growth of rural economy rather than simple banking service. Under the current campaign program, he requested all to work hard and ensure acquisition of at least one lac new clients and maintain quality of service.

Later an orientation session on current campaign program was conducted.

September 14, 2017
Inauguration of Bhetkhali Bazar Agent Outlet, Shyamnagor, Satkhira.

In a move to ensure financial inclusion and reach financial services to the doorsteps of grassroots unbanked population Bank Asia opened an agent banking outlet at Bhetkhali Bazar of Shyamnagor Upazila in Satkhira district. Mr. Md. Ruhul Motin, First Assistant Vice President of the Bank and Mr. Skeik Al Mamun, Chairman of Ramjannagor Union Parishad inaugurated the newly established outlet at a simple ceremony held at the outlet premises on 14 September, 2017. Local distinguished personalities, businessmen and customers attended the program.

August 19, 2017
Inauguration of Muragacha Bazar Agent Outlet, Jessore
August 17, 2017
A-CARD's 1st anniversary celebration in Ambika Memorial Hall, Faridpur

On behalf of Bank Asia, Rumana Akter Tulee (FAVP, Agent Banking Division) & Mr. Arjun Kumar Basu (HOB, Faridpur Branch) attended the celebration programme.

August 11, 2017
Lalitnagor Bazar Agent Outlet at Godagari, Rajshahi inaugurated
August 10, 2017
Chanchkoir Bazar Agent Outlet at Gurudaspur, Natore inaugurated
August 9, 2017
Inauguration of Baroghoriya Agent Outlet in Chapai Nawabgonj
August 7, 2017
Bank Asia inaugurated Baluchara Bazar agent outlet in Chittagong
August 6, 2017
Bank Asia and Western Union joins hands to reach International Remittance to grassroots people

Bank Asia, pioneering in agent banking services in Bangladesh and Western Union, an international money transfer company, has joined hands and launched an innovative service to reach international remittances to the grassroots people across the country through the Bank’s Agent Banking digital platform.

Mr. Md. Arfan Ali, President & Managing Director of Bank Asia and Ms. Sohini Rajola, Managing Director and RVP South Asia Western Union jointly lunched the service at a program held at a hotel in the capital city Dhaka today (Sunday, August 6, 2017).

Senior Counsel & Vice President (Middle East, Africa, South Asia& South East Asia) of Western Union Ms. Manju Rai, Senior Country Manager of Western Union(Bangladesh) Mr. Naved Ashraf, Senior Executive Vice Presidents of the Bank Mr. Junaid Masroor and Mr. Ziaul Hasan and other high officials of both the organizations were present.

Mr. Md. Arfan Ali, President & Managing Director of Bank Asia said, “Bank Asia has a strong digital banking platform and a nationwide well-connected network while Western Union has a rich global experience of transferring remittance anywhere in the world. I strongly believe the partnership, cooperation and firm commitment of both the organizations will help reach foreign remittance to people in any corner of the country in a more affordable, convenient and faster manner. This move will also play a significant role in financial inclusion of grassroots people.”

It is mentioned that Bank Asia has more than 1250 agent network/outlets across the country which is growing very fast to reach digital financial services to unbanked and underserved population. It is expected that rural people using the Banking network will be able to receive remittances in more comfortable and faster manner.  

According to the World Bank, Bangladesh is the eighth largest international remittance receiver in the world. In 2015 alone, the country received US$15.8 billion foreign remittancessent by Bangladeshis working abroad. Researchers argue that nearly the same amount of international remittances is being delivered through various informal channels. It is expected that partnership of Bank Asia and Western Union will play a pivotal role in diminishing such practice of remitting hard-earned money through informal channels. It will ultimately be contributing to sustainable economic growth of the country.

August 6, 2017
Inauguration of Khajura Bazar Agent Outlet (DFED Project) in Jessore

In the same program, Kayemkhola Bazar Agent Outlet (DFED Project) also unveiled. Deputy Managing Director of Bank Asia, Mr. Zahirul Alam and Mr. Md. Ahsan Ul Alam (VP, Agent Banking) attended in the program.

July 29, 2017
Inaugural program of Chunarughat Bazar agent outlet in Hobiganj

Mr. Md. Ahsan Ul Alam (VP, Agent Banking division) was the chief guest of the program, local businessmen and respective persons given their valuable opinion in order to provide better banking service from Bank Asia agent banking.

July 24, 2017
UNDP, Bank Asia innovate together for social safety net payments

Caption: UNDP Bangladesh Country Director Mr. Sudipto Mukerjee and President and Managing Director, Bank Asia Mr. Md. Arfan Ali is exchanging an MoU on easier access to social safety net payment inked at the Corporate Office of Bank Asia at Purana Paltan, Dhaka on Sunday (23 July, 2017). Vice Chairman of the Bank Mr. AM Nurul Islam, Assistant Country Director of UNDP Ms. Shaila Khan, Deputy Managing Directors of Bank Asia Ms. Humaira Azam, Mr. Md. Zahirul Alam, Mr. Mian Quamrul Hasan Chowdhury and Mr. Mohammad Borhanuddin and Vice President & Head of Agent Banking Division Mr. Ahsan Ul Alam are, among others, seen in the picture.

 

Bank Asia Limited and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on Sunday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to jointly support easier access to social safety net payments through digital financial inclusion.This new partnership is a ‘groundbreaking’ initiative aiming to bring financial safety payments and services at the doorstep, including providing financial literacy, which will specifically benefit the rural population, said both the UNDP and Bank Asia.

 “In the continuous efforts to reach Bangladesh’s development goals within the Agenda 2030 and the 7th Five-Year Plan, involvement of all sectors, especially the private sector is essential,” said UNDP Bangladesh Country Director Mr. Sudipto Mukerjee at the signing ceremony held at the Corporate Office of Bank Asia at Purana Paltan in the capital city Dhaka.   

President and Managing Director, Bank Asia Mr. Md. Arfan Ali said this is a prime example of the private sector designing inclusive business models and services moving beyond corporate banking business. “The partnership will expand bank account adoption, consequently accelerating the pathway out of poverty for approximately 10,000 people in the first two years.”

Vice Chairman of Bank Asia Mr. AM Nurul Islam said poverty reduction is the core mission of the Bank Asia. “In line with this our bank has been working all over the country for financial inclusion of unbanked population using its digital banking platform and thus trying to make a tangible turn in the development of national economy.” 

The MoU signing ceremony was attended, among others, by Assistant Country Director of UNDP Ms. Shaila Khan, Deputy Managing Directors of Bank Asia Ms. Humaira Azam, Mr. Md. Zahirul Alam, Mr. Mian Quamrul Hasan Chowdhury and Mr. Mohammad Borhanuddin and Vice President & Head of Agent Banking Division Mr. Ahsan Ul Alam.

The pilot district will be selected by Bank Asia and UNDP, during the research phase.

The UNDP said the signing of this agreement is yet another example of stretching partnerships between UNDP and private sector under the umbrella of the “Innovation Hub” - an alternative partnership model for Private Sector engagement launched in 2017 by UNDP and the United Nations Volunteer (UNV) Programme.

The Innovation Hub is a platform for collaborating with private sector towards achievement Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Agenda 2030.

July 10, 2017
Inauguration of Ranigonj Agent Outlet, Dinajpur
May 27, 2017
Inauguration of Sonakanda Bazaar Agent Outlet at Sonakanda Bibi road, Narayanganj
May 25, 2017
Inauguration of Joymontop Bazar Agent Outlet in Singair, Manikgonj

Mrs. Momtaj Begum, honorable MP (Manikganj - 2) was the chief guest of the event. Mr. Md. Zahirul Alam, DMD of Bank Asia & Mr. Md. Ahsan Ul Alam, VP of Agent Banking were presented in the program.

May 23, 2017
Sinabah Bazar Agent Outlet, Mouchak, kaliakoir under Gazipur district inauguration

Sinabah Bazar Agent Outlet, Mouchak, kaliakoir under Gazipur district inaugurated successfully with the presence of honorable HOB Konabari Branch & Head of PRD, Bank Asia Ltd. The event was headed by honorable HOB of Bank Asia Moghbazar Branch.

May 21, 2017
Inaugural moment of Amla Bazzar Agent Outlet, Mirpur, Kushtiah

Local Municipality Upazila Chairman was present as the chief guest, Mr. Ruhul Motin (Head of PRD, Bank Asia Ltd.), HOB Kushtiah Branch , local businessmen and other people were present in the program.

May 20, 2017
Inauguration program of Bankra Bazar agent outlet, Jhikorgasa, Jessore

In this ceremony local elite person and Md. Ruhul Matin, (FAVP, Bank Asia), Mr. Md. Rabiul Islam (AVP & HOB, Jessore Branch) were present and expressed their expectation to provide the banking services at the door step of rural people.

May 19, 2017
Inaugural moment of Sirajganj Prodhan Dakghor Mor, Sirajganj Sadar, Sirajganj

Local Municipality Meyor was present as the chief guest. Mr. Mahbubul Hasan, Head of Business, Mr. Muhammad Akram Hossain, Business Development Manager, local businessmen and other people were present in the program.

May 18, 2017
Inauguration of Chapapur Bazar Agent Outlet, Adamdighi, Bogra

Chapapur Bazar, Adamdighi, Bogra is a locally prominent market and a great Business hub of Adamdighi Upazila under Bogra District. Bank Asia Agent Banking has inaugurated an individual Agent Outlet in this Market to spread Banking service. Mr. Bonde Ali Mia, Head of Bogra branch, Md. Mahbubul Haque Bhuiyan, Deputy Regional Manager, Mr. Mahbubul Hasan, Head of Business (Agent Banking Division), Mr. Muhammad Akram Hossain Business Development Manager (Agent Banking Division), local UP Chairman, Teachers and Businessmen was presented in the program.

May 17, 2017
Bank Asia Institute for Training Development launched a course on Agent Banking Activities & Operational Products

President & managing director of Bank Asia, Mr. Md. Arfan Ali inaugurate the course at the training institute at Lalmatiya, Dhaka.

May 17, 2017
Bank Asia Agent Banking has Inaugured Molamgarihat Bazar Agent Outlet, Joypurhat
May 17, 2017
Inauguration of Goyhata Bazar Agent Outlet, Nagorpur, Tangail
May 11, 2017
Inauguration of Chaitnya Bazar agent outlet, Narsingdi

Chaitnya Bazar is the 3rd individual agent outlet of Narsingdi, started its journey to ensure doorstep Banking Service at Shibganj, Narsingdi. Honorable MP of Narsingdi -3 was the chief guest of the program. Mr. Md. Ahsan Ul Alam, Vice President & Head of Agent Banking, Muhammad Akram Hossain, Business Development Manager (Agent Banking Division), HOB of Bhairab Branch, Chairman of three different Union Parishads, Teachers of local Educational Institutions, local Businessmen and other local individuals were present in the inauguration program. The local people are happy getting Banking Service closer to them.

May 8, 2017
Inauguration program of Dapunia Bazar Agent Outlet, MymensinghSadar, Mymensingh
April 13, 2017
Bank Asia and BRAC sign MoU on financial literacy to students

Caption: In presence of Mr. Md. Arfan Ali, President & Managing Director of Bank Asia and Mr. KAM Morshed, Director, Advocacy for Social Change, ICT & Partnership Strengthening Unit of BRAC, a MoU on running school banking activities through BRAC Gonokendro singed between the two organizations at BRAC Center, Mohakhali in the capital city Dhaka on Thursday (13 April, 2017) is being exchanged by Mr. Mohammad Borhanuddin, Deputy Managing Director & CEO of Bank Asia and Mr. Profulla Chandra Barman, Program Head of BRAC Education Program. Mr. Safiqul Islam, Director-Education of BRAC and Mr. Md. Ahsan Ul Alam, Vice President & Head of Agent Banking Division of the Bank are, among others, seen in the picture.

 

Bank Asia and BRAC has signed an agreement on running school banking activities through BRAC Gonokendro with an aim to provide financial literacy to students and develop savings attitude among them.

An agreement to this effect has been signed between the two organizations at a function held at BRAC Center, Mohakhali in the capital city Dhaka on Thursday (13 April, 2017). The agreement was inked by Mr. Mohammad Borhanuddin, Deputy Managing Director & Chief Operating Officer of Bank Asia and Mr. Profulla Chandra Barman, Program Head of BRAC Education Program in presence of Mr. Md. Arfan Ali, President & Managing Director of Bank Asia and Mr. KAM Morshed, Director, Advocacy for Social Change, ICT & Partnership Strengthening Unit of BRAC. Mr. Safiqul Islam, Director-Education of BRAC and Mr. Md. Ahsan Ul Alam, Vice President & Head of Agent Banking Division and other high officials from both the organizations were present.

Under the agreement, Bank Asia will provide different financial services to students and teachers of schools through BRAC Gonokendro which has been set up inside school compound to facilitate library and ICT support to students. The agreed financial service include opening of individual account, collection of fee for students and management of payroll for teachers.

April 11, 2017
Inauguration ceremony of Dhapari Bazar Outlet, Nawabgonj

Inauguration ceremony of Dhapari Bazar Outlet, Nawabgonj, Dhaka with the chief guest Mr. Mahbubul Hasan, FAVP & Head of Business, Mr. Jahangir Hossain, SEO & HOB Agla Bazar Brance, Mr. Asrafuzzaman, Officer, Corporate office, Akter Hossain, Supervisor Dhaka Zone and the other local personalities were present there.

April 9, 2017
inauguration of Uchakhila Bazar Agent Outlet, Ishwargonj, Mymensingh.
April 7, 2017
Inauguration of Bank Asia Daily Shopping Agent Outlet at Lake City Concord in collaboration with Pran-RFL group

Mr. Md. Arfan Ali, President & Managing Director of Bank Asia and Ms. Uzma Chowdhury, Director of Pran-RFL Group are inaugurating a Bank Asia Agent Outlet set up inside the Daily Shopping outlet of PRAN Group at Lake City Concord at Khilkhet Namapara in the capital city Dhaka on Friday (7 April, 2017). Deputy Managing Director & Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Bank Mr. Mohammad Borhanuddin, Vice President & Head of Agent Banking Mr. Md. Ahsan Ul Alam and General Manager (Admin) of Concord Captain Mohammad Firoz Iftekhar (Retd) are, among others, seen in the picture.

April 4, 2017
Launching of Agent Banking Insurance "Surokkha" and "Projonmo" for Bank Asia Agent Banking Customer

Bank Asia has shacked hands with MicroEnsure and Pragati Life Insurance Limited today (Tuesday, April 4, 2017) to safeguard health facilities of its agent banking and guarantee education for school banking account holders.
A tripartite agreement to this effect has been signed between the organizations at a function held at the Corporate Office of Bank Asia at Rangs Tower, Purana Paltan in the capital city Dhaka. Mr. Md. Arfan Ali, President & Managing Director of Bank Asia, Mr. Mir Rashedul Hossain, Country Manager, Bangladesh of MicroEnsure and Mr. Md. Jalalul .Azim, Managing Director & CEO of Pragati Life Insurance Limited signed the agreement on behalf of respective organizations. Deputy Managing Directors of Bank Asia Ms. Humaira Azam, Mr. Muhammed Zahirul Alam, Mr. Mian Quamrul Hasan Chowdhury, Mr. Mohammad Borhanuddin and Mr. Md. Ahsan Ul Alam, Vice President & Head of Agent Banking and Mr. Ziaul Haque, General Manager of Pragati Life Insurance Limited were, among others, present.
As per the agreement MicroEnsure along with Pragati Life Insurance Limited will facilitate health support to the bank’s agent banking account holders under the “Surakkkha” scheme and education support to school banking account holders who lost earning parents under the scheme “Projonmo”.

March 28, 2017
Bank Asia signs MoU with German Red Cross to support people facing threats of imminent extreme natural events

Caption: Mr. Md. Arfan Ali, President & Managing Director of Bank Asia and Mr. Olaf Nuessner, Project Delegate of International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is seen exchanging an MoU at a function held at the Corporate Office of the Bank at Purana Paltan in the capital city Dhaka today (Tuesday, March 28, 2017). Deputy Managing Directors of Bank Asia Mrs. Humaira Azam, Mr. Mohammed Zahirul Alam and Mr. Mian Quamrul Hasan Chowdhury and Technical Advisor of Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Center Mr Ahmadul Hassan are, among others, seen in the picture.

Bank Asia has shacked hands with German Red Cross Bangladesh today (Tuesday, March 28, 2017) with a view to reach emergency fund to people living in the remote char during the imminent extreme natural events.

An agreement to this effect has been signed between the two organizations at a function held at the Corporate Office of Bank Asia at Purana Paltan in the capital city Dhaka. Mr. Md. Arfan Ali, President & Managing Director of the Bank and Mr. Olaf Nuessner, Project Delegate of International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies handed over the agreement on behalf of respective organizations. Deputy Managing Directors of Bank Asia Mrs. Humaira Azam, Mr. Mohammed Zahirul Alam and Mr. Mian Quamrul Hasan Chowdhury and Technical Advisor of Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Center Mr Ahmadul Hassan were, among others, present on the occasion.

At the initial phase the beneficiaries of Bangladesh Red Crescent Society and German Red Crescent residing at Hatia Island of Noakhali which is known as high risk zone of natural disaster like cyclone and flood will be extended pre-disaster fund support through the bank’s Agent Outlets and branches a few hour before the extreme event hit.

March 23, 2017
Inaugural program of Guzia Bazar agent outlet, Shibgonj, Bogra
March 8, 2017
Signing of Agreement with Rural Electrification Board and a2i

এটুআই, পল্লী বিদ্যুৎ, ব্যাংক এশিয়া ও এনআরবি ব্যাংকের সমঝোতা স্মারক সই
অনলাইন ডেস্ক০৮ মার্চ, ২০১৭ ইং ২০:০১ মিঃ
এটুআই, পল্লী বিদ্যুৎ, ব্যাংক এশিয়া ও এনআরবি ব্যাংকের সমঝোতা স্মারক সই
ডিজিটাল সেন্টার থেকে ইলেক্ট্রনিক উপায়ে বাংলাদেশ পল্লী বিদ্যুতায়ন বোর্ডের বিল প্রদান সেবা চালু করার লক্ষ্যে বুধবার প্রধানমন্ত্রীর কার্যালয়ের এসএসএফ ব্রিফিং রুমে একসেস টু ইনফরমেশন (এটুআই) প্রোগ্রাম এবং বাংলাদেশ পল্লী বিদ্যুতায়ন বোর্ড, ব্যাংক এশিয়া লিমিটেড, এনআরবি কমার্শিয়াল ব্যাংক লিমিটেড-এর মধ্যে একটি সমঝোতা স্মারক স্বাক্ষরিত হয়েছে।

প্রধানমন্ত্রীর কার্যালয়ের মহাপরিচালক (প্রশাসন) ও এটুআই প্রোগ্রামের প্রকল্প পরিচালক কবির বিন আনোয়ার এবং বাংলাদেশ পল্লী বিদ্যুতায়ন বোর্ডের সচিব খালেদা পারভীন, ব্যাংক এশিয়ার ব্যবস্থাপনা পরিচালক আরফান আলী, এনআরবি কমার্শিয়াল ব্যাংকের ব্যবস্থাপনা পরিচালক দেওয়ান মুজিবুর রহমান নিজ নিজ প্রতিষ্ঠানের পক্ষে সমঝোতা স্মারক স্বাক্ষর করেন।
সমঝোতা স্মারকের আওতায় দেশব্যাপী ইউনিয়ন, উপজেলা, পৌরসভা ও সিটি কর্পোরেশন পর্যায়ে স্থাপিত ডিজিটাল সেন্টারের এজেন্ট ব্যাংকিং এর মাধ্যমে বাংলাদেশ পল্লী বিদ্যুতায়ন বোর্ডের বিল প্রদানসহ অন্যান্য ই-সেবা ইলেক্ট্রনিক উপায়ে প্রদান করা সম্ভব হবে। ডিজিটাল সেন্টারে যুক্তকৃত এজেন্ট ব্যাংকিং কার্যক্রমের মাধ্যমে বাংলাদেশ পল্লী বিদ্যুতায়ন বোর্ডের বিল আরও দ্রুত, নিরাপদ উপায়ে সংগ্রহ করা সম্ভব হবে, যা জনগণের সময়, অর্থ ও যাতায়াত হ্রাস করার মাধ্যমে ডিজিটাল সেন্টারকে জনবান্ধব প্রতিষ্ঠানে রূপ দিতে সহায়তা করবে। একই সঙ্গে বর্তমান সরকারের রূপকল্প ২০২১ বাস্তবায়নে অগ্রণী ভূমিকা পালন করবে।

এই সমঝোতা স্মারক স্বাক্ষর অনুষ্ঠানে বাংলাদেশ পল্লী বিদ্যুতায়ন বোর্ডের সদস্য মো: ইমদাদুল ইসলাম, এটু্আই প্রোগ্রাম-এর জনপ্রেক্ষিত বিশেষজ্ঞ নাঈমুজ্জামান মুক্তাসহ বাংলাদেশ পল্লী বিদ্যুতায়ন বোর্ড, ব্যাংক এশিয়া লিমিটেড এবং এনআরবি কমার্শিয়াল ব্যাংক লিমিটেড-এর কর্মকর্তাবৃন্দ ও বিভিন্ন মিডিয়ার সাংবাদিকরা উপস্থিত ছিলেন।

February 23, 2017
Bank Asia signs a tri-partite credit agreement for Agricultural Value Chain

Caption: Mr. Mohammed Zahirul Alam, Deputy Managing Director of Bank Asia, Mr. Zunaed Rabbani, CEO of Agro-Input Retailers Network (AIRN) and Mr. Md. Saiful Huda, Director, NAAFCO Group is exchanging a tri-partite agreement at a function held at the Corporate Office of Bank Asia at Purana Paltan, Dhaka on Wednesday (February 22, 2017) in presence of Mr. Md. Arfan Ali, President & Managing Director of Bank Asia. Mr. Alexis Ellicott, Chief of Party, USAID’s Agro-Inputs Project (AIP) implemented by CNFA, Mr. Josh Woodard, Regional ICT & Digital Finance Advisor of FHI 360 of USAID, Mr. Md. Serajul Islam, CEO of ERA Info Tech Ltd and Mr. Ahsan Ul Alam, Vice President and Head of Agent Banking Division of Bank Asia are, among others, seen in the picture.

Bank Asia signed a tri-partite agreement with Agro-Input Retailers Network (AIRN) and NAAFCO, an agricultural input marketing company to offer credit facilities to their agri beneficiaries in southern regions of Bangladesh. The facilities include business to business (B2B) transfer and payment services to the prospective input retailers of AIRN, managed by USAID’s Agro-Inputs Project, and distributors of NAAFCO.

Mr. Mohammed Zahirul Alam, Deputy Managing Director of the Bank, Mr. Zunaed Rabbani, CEO of AIRN and Mr. Md. Saiful Huda, Director, NAAFCO Group signed the agreement on behalf of respective organizations at a function held at the Corporate Office of Bank Asia at Purana Paltan, Dhaka on Wednesday (February 22, 2017) in presence of Mr. Md. Arfan Ali, President & Managing Director of Bank Asia.

Mr. Alexis Ellicott, Chief of Party, USAID’s Agro-Inputs Project (AIP) implemented by CNFA, Mr. Josh Woodard, Regional ICT & Digital Finance Advisor of FHI 360 of USAID, Mr. Md. Serajul Islam, CEO of ERA Info Tech Ltd and Mr. Ahsan Ul Alam, Vice President and Head of Agent Banking Division of Bank Asia were, among others, present.

It is mentionable that Bank Asia’s credit facilities for AIRN and NAAFCO is considered as a strong move towards financial inclusion for agricultural value chain actors and an impetus to their business promotion and expansion. The `mSTAR’ program of `FHI 360 Project helps modalities of the credit facilities.

February 22, 2017
Handing over A-Card to a female farmer at a function held at Khulna Club in Khulna town

Caption:  State Minister for Fisheries and Livestock Mr. Narayon Chandra Chanda and Deputy Managing Director of Bank Asia Mr. Mohammed Zahirul Alam are handing over A-Card to a female farmer at a function held at Khulna Club in Khulna town on 22 February, 2017. Mr. Nitya Ranjan Biswas of Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE), Ms. Janina Jaruzelski, Director of USAID Bangladesh Mission and Mr. Ahsan Ul Alam, Vice President and Head of Agent Banking Division of Bank Asia are, among others, seen in the picture.

February 19, 2017
Commerce Minister Mr. Tofail Ahmed, MP is inaugurating distribution of A-Card among the farmers of Bhola district

Caption: Commerce Minister Mr. Tofail Ahmed, MP is inaugurating distribution of A-Card among the farmers of Bhola district at a function held at Nabarun Center of Sadar Road in Bhola town on 19 February, 2017 in presence of Bank Asia Chairman Mr. A Rouf Chowdhury. Vice Chairmen of the Bank Mr. Mohd. Safwan Choudhury and Mr. AM Nurul Islam and President & Managing Director Mr. Md. Arfan Ali are, among others, seen in the picture.

January 31, 2017
Bank Asia and Pran-RFL Group join hands to reach banking service to customers

Caption: Mr. A Rouf Chowdhury, Chairman of Bank Asia, Mr. Ahsan Khan Chowdhury, Chairman & Chief Executive of Pran-RFL Group, Ms. Uzma Chowdhury, CPA, Director of Pran-RFL Group, Vice Chairmen of Bank Asia Mr. Mohd. Safwan Choudhury and Mr. AM Nurul Islam, Chairman of Board Executive Committee Mr. Rumee A Hossain, Chairman of Board Audit Committee Mr. Mashiur Rahman, Director Mr. M. Shahajahan Bhuiyan, President & Managing Director Mr. Md. Arfan Ali, Deputy Managing Director Mr. Mohammed Zahirul Alam, Senior Executive Vice President Mr. Mohammed Borhanuddin, Senior Vice President & Head of Scotia Branch Mr. Abdul Latif, and Vice President & Head of Agent Banking Division Mr. Ahsan Ul Alam are seen in an agreement signing ceremony held at Rangs Bhaban of Tekgaon Old Airport Road in the capital Dhaka today (Tuesday, January 31, 2017).

Bank Asia and Pran-RFL Group has joined hands to reach banking services to people by setting up agent banking outlet inside Pran-RFL’s Daily Shopping and Best Buy outlets through the country and facilitate financial services to Pran-RFL’s workers. Three separate agreements to this effect have been signed between the two organizations at a simple ceremony held at Rangs Bhaban at Tejgaon Old Airport Road in the capital city Dhaka today (Tuesday, January 31, 2017).

In presence Mr. A Rouf Chowdhury, Chairman of Bank Asia and Mr. Ahsan Khan Chowdhury, Chairman & Chief Executive of Pran-RFL Group the agreements were inked respectively by Ms. Uzma Chowdhury, CPA, Director of Pran-RFL Group, Mr. Mohammed Borhanuddin, Senior Executive Vice President of Bank Asia, Mr. Abdul Latif, Senior Vice President & Head of Scotia Branch and Mr. Ahsan Ul Alam, Vice President & Head of Agent Banking Division of the Bank. Vice Chairmen of Bank Asia Mr. Mohd. Safwan Choudhury and Mr. AM Nurul Islam, Chairman of Board Executive Committee Mr. Rumee A Hossain, Chairman of Board Audit Committee Mr. Mashiur Rahman, Director Mr. M. Shahajahan Bhuiyan, President & Managing Director Mr. Md. Arfan Ali and Deputy Managing Director Mr. Mohammed Zahirul Alam were, among other, present.

As per the agreements, Bank Asia Agent Banking will set service delivery points inside PRAN-RFL group’s Daily Shopping and Best Buy, establish ATM booth in a factory premise in Iswardi and open collection account for SUN BASIC CHEMICALS LTD., a concern of PRAN RFL group

January 28, 2017
Bank Asia opens Agent Banking outlet for farmers in Kafrikhal, Mithapukur in collaboration with VSO international

Caption: Mr. Simon Brown, Country Director of VSO Bangladesh is inaugurating an agent banking outlet of Bank Asia at a farmers’ center at Kafrikhal of Mithapukur Upazila in Dinajpur on 26 January 2017 as a part of financial inclusion of marginalized farmers. Mr. Mohammed Zahirul Alam, Deputy Managing Director of Bank Asia, Mr. Philip Goodwin, Chief Executive of VSO International, Ms. Jane Edmonson, Head of DFID Bangladesh, Md. Sazzadul Hasan, Managing Director of Syngenta Bangladesh and Mr. Ahsan Ul Alam, Vice President & Head of Agent Banking Division of Bank Asia are, among others, seen in the picture.

Bank Asia opened its agent banking outlet at a farmers’ center in Mithapukur upazila of Dinajpur district on 26 January, 2017 in a move to financial inclusion of marginal farmers and facilitate their access to quality input and get better price of agri outputs.

Mr. Simon Brown, Country Director of VSO Bangladesh inaugurated the agent outlet at a farmers’ center at Kafrikhal in presence of Mr. Mohammed Zahirul Alam, Deputy Managing Director of Bank Asia. Mr. Philip Goodwin, Chief Executive of VSO International, Ms. Jane Edmonson, Head of DFID Bangladesh, Ms. Monjusree Saha, Director of Development Program, RDRS Bangladesh, Md. Sazzadul Hasan, Managing Director of Syngenta Bangladesh and Mr. Ahsan Ul Alam, Vice President & Head of Agent Banking Division of Bank Asia were, among others, present.

VSO International has been supporting the start-up costs of youth agents for establishing their agent outlet at farmers’ center. The farmers’ center is the physical space where farmers can enjoy access to quality inputs, simple mechanization and aggregate crops for better pricing. In pilot phase, VSO will create employment for six bank agents and first of this has been established at Kafrikhal of Mithapukur Upazila.

At the program Mr. Mohammed Zahirul Alam, Deputy Managing Director of Bank Asia handed over 2 agricultural loan of 50,000 each to two farmers which was processed by a day. He promised to extend financial services to marginalized people for improvement their economic condition.  

January 17, 2017
Bank Asia celebrates its Agent Banking Day on 17 January 2016 (Tuesday), marking the 3rd anniversary Agent Banking services in Bangladesh.

Caption: Bank Asia celebrates its Agent Banking Day on 17 January 2016 (Tuesday), marking the 3rd anniversary Agent Banking services in Bangladesh. Mr. Mohiuddin Ahmed, Chairman of Sirajdikhan Upazila, Mr. Adil Raihan, Senior Executive Vice President & Head of Channel Banking, Mr. Ahsan Ul Alam, Vice President & Head of Agent Banking and Mr. Md. Moniruzzaman, AVP & Head of Alternative Delivery Channel of Bank Asia are, among others, seen cutting a celebration cake at a function held at at Bhabanipur Bazaar in Sirajdikhan Upazila of Munshigonj district where it introduced the country’s first agent booth.

October 17, 2016
Agent Banking Workshop at Chittagong

ব্যাংক এশিয়া এজেন্ট ব্যাংকিং এখন বন্দর নগরী চট্টগ্রামে, ১৭ ই অক্টোবর ২০০১৬ চট্টগ্রাম জেলা প্রশাসকের কার্যালয়ে এজেন্ট ব্যাংকিং বিষয়ক এক কর্মশালা অনুষ্ঠিত হয় যেখানে উপস্থিত ছিলেন সম্মানিত জেলা প্রশাসক ও অতিরিক্ত জেলা প্রশাসক শিক্ষা ও আইসিটি চট্টগ্রাম, জনাব আহসানুল আলম ভাইস প্রেসিডেন্ট এজেন্ট ব্যাংকিং ডিভিশন ব্যাংক এশিয়া, জনাব সাহবুল্লাহ EVP & HOB আগ্রাবাদ শাখা, এ কে এম সাইফুল ইসলাম চৌধুরী SVP & HOB ব্যাংক এশিয়া ভবন চট্টগ্রাম, জনাব সামসুল আলম AVP & HOB আন্দারকিল্লা শাখা, জনাব বোরহান উদ্দিন FVP & HOB ষ্টেশন ড়োড শাখা, মামুনুর রশিদ FVP জোনাল অফিস চট্টগ্রাম। প্রায় ২০০ এর অধিক UDC উদ্যোগক্তাদের সাথেনিয়ে এই কর্মশালা অনুষ্ঠিত হয়। সভায় উপস্থিত বক্তারা বলেন বানিজ্যিক রাজধানি খেত চেট্টগ্রাম এজেন্ট ব্যাংকিং এ অন্তর্ভুক্ত হওয়ায় দেশের প্রান্তিক জনগোষ্টিকে অর্থনতৈক সেবা দেওয়ার আরো একটি ধাপ ব্যাংক এশিয়া এজেন্ট ব্যাংকিং সম্পন্ন করেছে তারা সততা ও আন্তরিকতার সাথে গ্রাহকদের ব্যাংকিং সেবা দেওয়ার জন্য উদ্যোগক্তাদের প্রতি আহ্ববান জানিয়েছেন।

October 14, 2016
Bank Asia Agent Banking booth opens in Munshigonj

Bank Asia opened an agent banking booth in Sreenagor Upazila of Munshigonj district on Friday (14 October, 2016) aiming to financial inclusion of un-banked rural people. Mr. Sukumar Ranjan Ghosh, MP of Munshigonj-1 constituency inaugurated the booth at Teen Dokan Bazaar of Rareekhal in presence of Mr. Arfan Ali, President & Managing Director of Bank Asia. Mr. Md. Serajul Islam, CEO of ERA Info Tech and Mr. Ahsan-Ul Alam, Vice President & Head of Agent Banking Division were, among others, present.

Bank Asia, being a pioneer in Agent Banking in Bangladesh, introduced pilot phase in Munshigonj district in 2013. Now total number of agent outlets in the district is 63 (sixty three). At present Bank Asia is operating Agent Banking service in 47 districts.

October 3, 2016
Jessore UDC Agent Outlet Inauguration and UDC entrepreneur Training

The inauguration of Jessore UDC Agent Outlet and Training for UDC entrepreneurs was held on 3rd October 2016 at Jessore Circuit House. Mr. Dr. Md. Humayan Kabir,DC of Jessore district was present there as the chief guest.

September 26, 2016
Bank Asia hosted the 7th meeting of the Mobile Money Consultative Group
Bank Asia hosted the 7th meeting of the Mobile Money Consultative Group held at the Lakeshore Hotel in Dhaka organized by USAID’s Mobile Solutions Technical Assistance and Research (mSTAR) project, implemented by FHI 360, this flagship event brought over 30 representatives from development organizations and digital financial services (DFS) providers together for a discussion on “Improving Digital Financial Literacy in Bangladesh”.
 
The meeting explored how development projects and digital financial service (DFS) providers can improve digital financial literacy to drive greater adoption of DFS in Bangladesh. Despite the promise of digital financial services in Bangladesh, limited digital financial literacy remains a key barrier; furthermore, increasing financial inclusion has been a key priority of Bangladesh Bank. Therefore, the key objective of this meeting was to learn about different initiatives that the development projects and DFS providers have adopted to increase the financial literacy of marginalized populations to increase their access to formal financial systems delivered by DFS. Members shared different difficulties that they face in their work as an aftereffect of limited financial literacy, particularly among underserved populations in both rural and urban areas. They likewise discussed additional actions that were needed to increase digital financial literacy in rural areas, with participating organizations outlining what role they can play in supporting these actions moving forward.
 
Speaking at the event, representatives from various development and financial organizations collectively said that they believe that a collaborative approach is required in order to improve the state of financial literacy in Bangladesh. Participants joined from Action for Enterprise Bangladesh, MicroSave, Bank Asia Limited, Dutch-Bangla Bank Limited (DBBL), The City Bank Limited, IFIC Bank Limited, bKash Ltd, GrameenPhone, Airtel, ACDI/VOCA, SwissContact, Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), IFPRI, UNCDF, Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM), MicroEnsure, WorldFish, USAID’s Agro-Input Project (AIP), HelpAge International, ShasthoNet, BIID and participated at the event.
September 26, 2016
Mastercard organized Digital Payment & Technology Innovation Workshop for Bank Asia Limited

Mastercard has recently organized the Mastercard Digital Payment & Technology Innovation Workshop for Bank Asia Limited on 26th of September 2016.

The company showcased its Technology Innovations from across the globe to a large audience of senior officials of Bank Asia.

Syed Mohammad Kamal, Country Manager, Mastercard, Bangladesh inaugurated the session while the workshop was conducted by Monica Jasuja, Head of Emerging Payments, South Asia, Varun Sakhuja, Director – Acceptance Development, South Asia, and Premanand Prithvirajan, Chip and NFC, South Asia from Mastercard.

August 31, 2016
Introduction of MasterCard Smart Card by Bank Asia for the beneficiaries of ICVGD

Caption: State Minister for Women and Children Affairs (MoWCA) Ms. Meher Afroze Chumki, MP is handing over MasterCard Smart Card to an ICVGD beneficiary of Kaligonj Upazila in Gazipur district on 31 August, 2016. Secretary of MoWCA Ms. Nasima Begum, ndc, Deputy Commissioner of Gazipur Mr. S.M. Alam, Director General (Additional Secretary) of Women Affairs Ms. Shahin Ahmed Chowdhury, Project Director of ICVGD and Additional Secretary (MoWCA) Ms. Mahmuda Shameem Benu, President Managing Director of Bank Asia Mr. Md. Arfan Ali, Country Manager of MasterCard Mr. Syed Mohammed Kamal, UN World Food Program Representative Ms. Christa Rader, Upazila Chairman of Kaligonj Mr. Moazzem Hossain Palash and Kaligonj UNO Mr. Md. Moniruzzaman were, among others, present.

August 17, 2016
Launching of A-Card to Smallholders at Faridpur District

The USAID Agricultural Extension Support Activity works within the 12 FtF (Feed the Future) program districts in southwest and central Bangladesh in order to sustainably improve the food security and nutrition situation for vulnerable smallholder farmers, with an emphasis on women. The project targets approximately 110,000 farmers and organizes them into 3,854 value chain based farmer producer groups (FPGs). These groups are trained on improved agronomic practices for better yields and also are linked with public and private extension service providers, input retailers and output market actors. The project is being implemented by Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM) with technical partners: CARE Bangladesh and mPower.

The project also facilitates FPGs’ linkages with different MFIs to start saving process and have access to finances. At this context, the project takes lead and signed a tripartite MoU with mutually agreed terms and conditions initially with an MFI, Society Development Committee (SDC), Faridpur and Bank Asia Ltd. in piloting the ‘A-card’, a new initiative to support smallholder farmers’ access microfinance through bank.

This pilot is the only example to date in Bangladesh where a bank and MFIs have partnered to extend micro-credit agricultural loans to farmers. Smallholder farmers have traditionally had a difficult time securing loans from banks due to the rigorous due diligence process. Under this pilot, those barriers will be removed due to two factors. First, all of the farmers are already registered as clients with the participating MFI, and the MFI will ensure that all of the required ‘Know Your Customer’ forms and other validation requirements are collected in advance. Second, Bank Asia will use their automated lending platform to process credit requests quickly and efficiently.

The project also identifies the potential agriculture inputs retailers having Near Field Communication (NFC) enabled smart phone for mobile banking and proceed their business joining alliance. The project and MFI collaboratively select the smallholders and inputs retailers and facilitate them to open bank accounts to the private bank through MFI’s operated agent bank booth. The bank would provide NFC credit cards to the account holders and limit the credit ceiling as per MFI advice. The farmer then would start purchasing of inputs from the selected retailers using credit card and the account to account transfer of money would take place when retailers connect the bank database network through their NFC enabled smart phones.

The project inaugurated the ‘A-Card’ initiative at the Ambika Memorial Hall, Faridpur together with the Society Development Committee (SDC) and Bank Asia Ltd. of Faridpur on August 17, 2016.

Mr. Kingkar Chandra Das, Additional Director, Department of Agriculture Extension, Faridpur was the Chief Guest while Mr. Md. Arfan Ali, MD, Bank Asia Ltd. was the special guest of the event. Mr. Kazi Ashraful Hassan, ED, SDC, Mr. Syed Mohammad Kamal, Country Manager, MasterCard, Mr. Anowarul Haq, Director-ERPP, CARE Bangladesh and Mr. Mridul Chowdhury, CEO, mPower were present as Guests of Honor. Dr. Ehsanur Rahman, Executive Director, DAM chaired the inauguration session.

The operations of A-Card was demonstrated in front of the audiences at the event and finally A-Card were distributed among 30 project farmers.

Mr. Bidyuth K. Mahalder, COP, Ag Extension Project, Ms. Tania Sharmin, NTC, CARE Bangladesh and other concerned officials of the project, SDC and high officials of Bank Asia were present at the inauguration.

Emphasizing the needs of smallholders’ access to finance, all the guests appreciated the ‘A-Card’ initiative and hoped that with the help of the ‘A-Card’ and access to finance, the farmers will be more benefited in their agricultural productions.

July 21, 2016
Signing Agreement on Financial Inclusion of RMG Workers in Bangladesh

Bank Asia and Swisscontact- an International NGO, signed a Partnership Agreement at the Corporate Office of the Bank at Purana Paltan in the capital city Dhaka on Thursday, 21 July, 2016 to promote financial inclusion for Ready-Made Garments (RMG) workers of Bangladesh through Agent Banking channel of the Bank. Mr. Adil Raihan, Head of Channel Baking Division of the Bank and Mr. Jaheed Parvez, Team Leader, Sarathi project of Swisscontact signed the agreement in presence of Mr. Md. Arfan Ali, Additional Managing Director of the Bank. Mr. Mian Quamrul Hasan Chowdhury, Deputy Managing Director and Mr. Akhter Hamed, Head of MSME of the Bank, Mr. Md. Ahsan Ul Alam, Vice President of the Bank, Mr. Munirul Islam, Senior Assistant Manager of MetLife Bangladesh and Mr. Anirban Bhowmik, Head of Portfolio and Quality, South Asia of Swisscontact were also present.

July 7, 2016
Training program for facilitating Bank Asia Agent Banking Service though the Union Digital Center of Jessore
May 7, 2016
Inauguration of 74 Agent Outlet at Sirajgonj District
Bank Asia Agent Banking service has been inaugurated at 74 Union Digital Centers (UDCs) at Sirajgonj District on 7 May, 2016 as part of commitment to extend banking services at the Union level.
 
UNION DIGITAL CENTER is newly established one-stop service outlet operating at 4,547 Union Parishads of the country to bring various types of information and services related to Government, livelihood and private services to the doorstep of citizens in rural areas. This is an initiative of Access to Information (a2i) Program, an UNDP and USAID supported project, having its office at the Prime Minister’s Office with the sole objective of providing support in building a digital nation.
 
Mr. Kabir Bin Anwar, Director General (Administration), Prime Minister's Office & Project Director of a2i was present at the inauguration ceremony as chief guest and Mr. Md. Arfan Ali, Additional Managing Director, Bank Asia Limited as special guest. Mr. Md. Billal Hossain, Deputy Commissioner of Sirajgonj District also attended as the Chairperson of ceremony.
May 1, 2016
Visit of CGAP Officials at Bank Asia Agent Banking Booth

Honorable Chief Executive Officer of CGAP Ms Greta Bull with her team paid a visit to the Bank Asia Agent outlets at Munshigonj as a part of their inspection on financial inclusion of Bangladesh along with Mr Greg Chen, Senior Financial Sector Specialist, Mr Stephen Rasmussen, Manager, Technology & Business Model Innovation and other representative. Respected Additional Managing Director of Bank Asia Limited Mr Afran Ali, along with other officials also accompanied the group.

April 25, 2016
Workshop on Digital Financial inclusion

Bank Asia Limited participated in the seminar on Digital Financial Inclusion on 25 April 2016. To generate a dialogue around the current condition of digital financial services and their future; BRAC, a2i, FHI 360 and IFMR LEAD is organizing a seminar on Digital financial inclusion: Innovations from Bangladesh on 25 April, 2016.The event will engage regulators, policy makers, economists, leading providers of digital financial services, development practitioners, and researchers to ensure the most up-to-date information regarding the field and the emerging opportunities. Additional Managing Director of Bank Asia Limited Mr Arfan Ali joined the event as a panel discussant with Mr Shameran Abed, Director of BRAC Microfinance Program and Mr Md Ariful Hoque, Bangladesh Postal department. .  

April 20, 2016
The COMMUNITY CENTRE (SAEMAUL ZERO HUNGER COMMUNITY PROJECT) inauguration programme at KC Faridpur, Nalka, Raigonj, Sirajgonj.

Bank Asia limited was invited for this programme & the ambassador of south Korea, country director of Koica (BD), country director of Good Neighbor Bangladesh (GNB), chief of WFP in Bangladesh, additional chief engineer of LGRD, DC of Sirajgonj, ASP of Sirajgonj, UNO of Raigonj & honorable president & managing director (AMD in that time) of Bank Asia Limited, Mr. Md. Arfan Ali, were presented here. From this program- Bank Asia’s Ghurka agent outlet’s agent hub at KC Faridpur was started its journey.

April 19, 2016
Opening of Jharbari Hat Agent Banking Outlet of Birgonj, Dinajpur
April 17, 2016
Agent Banking Workshop at Joypurhat DC Office
April 8, 2016
Bank Asia Agent Banking Workshop, Moulvibazar DC Offoce
April 4, 2016
Green Hill VSL Project

Caption: In an effort to bring unbanked population under the banking service network Agent Banking of Bank Asia is relentlessly expanding financial service for remote rural people of Bangladesh. In the recent picture, members of ‘Green Hill VSL Project’ in the hill districts of Rangamati & Bandarban are seen opening Group Account under the Agent Services of Bank Asia.

April 2, 2016
Training for BURO Bangladesh training institute at Tangail
February 4, 2016
Inauguration of SAUNA UDC as Bank Asia Agent Outlet
January 19, 2016
Visit of Deputy Governor of Zimbabwe Dr Charity Dhliwayo to Bank Asia UDC Agent at Abdullahpur union

Deputy Governor of Zimbabwe Dr Charity Dhliwayo visited Abdullahpur union to Bank Asia UDC Agent outlet on 19th of January 2016. The honorable Additional Managing Director Md Arfan Ali also accompanied the guest along with other Bank Officials.

January 12, 2016
Inauguration of Durgahata Bazar Agent Outlet in Bogra

The agent outlet is inaugurated by honourable Mr. Md. Arfan Ali, AMD at Bank Asia Limited. Here honorable Mr. Mozaffor Hossain , Mr. Moniruzzaman khan & so on were presented in the program.

November 18, 2015
Queen Maxima visits Bank Asia Outlet

Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, the Special Envoy to UN Secretary General for Inclusive Finance for Development is being welcomed by Bank Asia Board Executive Committee Chairman Mr. Rumee A Hossain while she visits an Agent Banking outlet of Bank Asia at Rajabari Union Digital Center in Sreepur Upazila, Gazipur on Tuesday to see financial inclusion activities in Bangladesh.

November 15, 2015
Bank Asia Agent Banking outlet opens in Banderban

Caption: Mr. Bir Bahadur U Shwe Sing, M.P., State Minister for Chittagong Hill Tracts Affair, is inaugurating an agent outlet of Bank Asia at Balaghata Bazar of Sadar Upazila, Banderban district on Friday (13th November 2015). Mr. Md. Arfan Ali, Deputy Managing Director of Bank Asia, Mr. Md. Mizanul Huq Chowdhury, District Commissioner (DC) Banderban, Mr. Md Mizanur Rahman, Superintendent of Police and Mr. Abdul Quddus, Chairman, Banderban Sadar Upazila Parishad are also seen in the picture.

In a move to financial inclusion of remote rural people in hill district, Bank Asia opened an agent banking outlet at Balaghata of Banderban district on Friday (13th November 2015). State Minister for Chittagong Hill Tracts Affairs Bir Bahadur U Shwe Sing,M.P. inaugurated the new outlet in Balaghata Bazar in presence of Mr. Md. Arfan Ali, Deputy Managing Director of Bank Asia. Mr. Md. Mizanul Huq Chowdhury, District Commissioner (DC) Banderban, Mr. Md Mizanur Rahman, Superintendent of Police and Mr. Abdul Quddus, Chairman, Banderban Sadar Upazila Parishad were present.

Bank Asia, pioneer in agent banking in Bangladesh, has been expanding agent banking services all over Bangladesh as a part of financial inclusion of unbanked population.

November 9, 2015
Agent Banking workshop with UDC entrepreneurs at Sirajgonj DC office auditorium.

Meeting with the UDC Entrepreneurs of Sirajgonj district held at the DC office auditorium organized by the Bank Asia and district administration of Sirajgonj. The DC of Sirajgonj Mr. Billal Hossain was the chief guest and honorable DMD of Bank Asia Mr. Arfan Ali had a chair in the program. Meeting conducted by the a2i project of the Prime Minister’s office.

October 27, 2015
Bank Asia opens Agent Banking outlet for ex-enclave people in Panchagarh

Caption: Dr. Atiur Rahman, Governor of Bangladesh Bank is inaugurating an agent banking outlet of Bank Asia on Sunday (25th October, 2015) aiming to bring unbanked population of recently integrated enclave in Debiganj upazila of Panchagarh district under the banking network. Mr. Aminul Islam, Additional Managing Director and Mr. Md. Arfan Ali, Deputy Managing Director of Bank Asia, Mr. M Mahfuzur Rahman, Executive Director of Bangladesh Bank and Mr. Md Khurshid Alam, General Manager, Bangladesh Bank Rangpur Office are, among others, seen in the picture.

Dr. Atiur Rahman, Governor of Bangladesh Bank inaugurated an agent banking outlet of Bank Asia at Bangladesh Bank regional office in Rangpur on Sunday (25th October, 2015) aiming to bring unbanked population of recently integrated enclave in Debiganj upazila of Panchagarh district under the banking network. Being a pioneer in agent banking in Bangladesh, the number of agent outlets of Bank Asia rose to 94 with this inauguration.

Mr. Aminul Islam, Additional Managing Director and Mr. Md. Arfan Ali, Deputy Managing Director of Bank Asia, Mr. M Mahfuzur Rahman, Executive Director of Bangladesh Bank and Mr. Md. Khurshid Alam, General Manager, Bangladesh Bank Rangpur Office were, among others, present.

September 14, 2015
Rajapur UDC Agent outlet inaugurated by Honorable State Minister Meher Afroze Chumki at Rajapur, Sirajgonj
September 4, 2015
MoU signing ceremony between Bank Asia and National Development Program (an NGO)-Sirajgonj
August 17, 2015
Inauguration of Ghurka Agent Outlet (for GNB project) Ghurka, Raygonj, Sirajgonj
August 14, 2015
Inauguration of cash disbursement program for ICVGD beneficiaries

Inaugural Event: Investment Component of Vulnerable Group Development (ICVGD) Programme. Bank Asia was invited for the program as partnering of ICVGD project beneficiaries financial inclusion (cash disbursement) through Bank Asia Agent Banking booth at Rajapur, Sirajgonj.

August 3, 2015
MoU between Bank Asia and Good Neighbours Bangladesh, an international NGO

Caption: Mr. Md. Mehmood Husain, President & Managing Director of Bank Asia Limited and Mr. Jeoung Sek Kim, Country Director of Good Neighbors Bangladesh, an international NGO are seen exchanging Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on facilitating financial transection support to the NGO beneficiaries through the Banks Agent Banking channel. Deputy Managing Director of the Bank Ms. Humaira Azam, Senior Executive Vice President Mr. Barun Kanti Shaha and Head of Agent Banking Mr. Madan Mahan Karmokar are, among others, seen at the program held at the Corporate Office of the Bank at Purana Paltan, Dhaka today (Monday, 3rd August, 2015).

June 27, 2015
Countrys first School Banking Service through Agent Banking Outlet

Caption: Mr. Md. Nazrul Islam Khan, Honble Secretary, Ministry of Education, Government of Bangladesh and Mr. Md. Mehmood Husain, President & Managing Director of Bank Asia are launching the countrys first School Banking through Agent Banking by handing over an NFC (Near Field Communication) card to Fahima Akhter, a student of Rajdia Avoy Pilot High School in Sirajdikhan upazila of Munshigonj district today (Saturday, June 27, 2015). Mr. Md. Arfan Ali, Deputy Managing Director of the Bank, Mr. K.A.M. Morshed, Assistant Country Representative of UNDP Bangladesh and Mr. Md. Mohiuddin Chowdhury, Upazila Chairman of Sirajdikhan are, among others, seen in the picture.

December 23, 2014
Bank Asia Agent Banking booths open in Magura

Caption: Prof Dr. M. S. Akber, MP, Chairman of Bangladesh Red Crescent Society is inaugurating an agent banking booth at Bagerhat Bazar of Beroil in Magura Sadar on 19th December, 2014 in a move to financial inclusion of rural people. Mr. Md Arfan Ali, Deputy Managing Director (SMR) of Bank Asia and Quazi Mortuza Ali, VP & Head of ADC of the Bank are also seen in the picture.

Bank Asia opened an agent banking booth at Bagerhat Bazar of Beroil in Magura Sadar on 19th December, 2014 in a move to financial inclusion of rural people. Prof Dr. M. S. Akber, MP, Chairman of Bangladesh Red Crescent Society inaugurated the booth. Mr. Md Arfan Ali, Deputy Managing Director (SMR) of Bank Asia and Quazi Mortuza Ali, VP & Head of ADC of the Bank were, among others, present during opening of the booth.

Bank Asia, pioneer in agent banking in Bangladesh, has been expanding agent banking services all over Bangladesh as a part of financial inclusion of unbanked population.

December 9, 2014
Bank Asia Agent booth opens in Pashuram upozila of Feni

Caption: Mr. Rumee A Hossain, Chairman of Bank Asia Board Executive Committee is inaugurating the agent banking booths located at at Dhonikunda Banglabazar, Pashuram upozila of Feni district. Mr. Md. Arfan Ali, Deputy Managing Director, Mr. Quazi Mortuza Ali, Vice President and Head of Alternative Delivery Channel (ADC), among others, are also seen in the picture.

Bank Asia opened agent booths in Feni districts on Sunday (07 December, 2014) in a move to financial inclusion of rural people. Mr. Rumee A Hossain, Chairman of Bank Asia Board Executive Committee formally inaugurated the agent banking booth located at Dhonikunda Banglabazar, Pashuram, Feni.

Mr. Md. Arfan Ali, Deputy Managing Director, Mr. Quazi Mortuza Ali, Vice President and Head of Alternative Delivery Channel (ADC) and other officials of Agent Banking program and local elites were present during opening of the agent booths.

Bank Asia, pioneer in agent banking in Bangladesh, has been expanding agent banking services all over Bangladesh as a part of financial inclusion of unbanked population.

December 7, 2014
Bank Asia Agent booth opens in Hatia Upozila of Noakhali

Caption: Mr. Rumee A Hossain, Chairman of Bank Asia Board Executive Committee is inaugurating the agent banking booths located at Oachkhali, Hatia upozila of Noakhali district. Mr. Md. Arfan Ali, Deputy Managing Director, Mr. Quazi Mortuza Ali, Vice President and Head of Alternative Delivery Channel (ADC), among others, are also seen in the picture.

Bank Asia opened agent booths in Noakhali districts on Saturday (06 December, 2014) in a move to financial inclusion of rural people. Mr. Rumee A Hossain, Chairman of Bank Asia Board Executive Committee formally inaugurated the agent banking booth located at Oachkhali, Hatia, Noakhali

Mr. Md. Arfan Ali, Deputy Managing Director, Mr. Quazi Mortuza Ali, Vice President and Head of Alternative Delivery Channel (ADC) and other officials of Agent Banking program and local elites were present during opening of the agent booths.

Bank Asia, pioneer in agent banking in Bangladesh, has been expanding agent banking services all over Bangladesh as a part of financial inclusion of unbanked population.

September 30, 2014
Bank Asia Agent Banking booths open in Nababgonj

Caption: Mr. A. Rouf Chowdhury, Chairman of the Bank is inaugurating the booth Bank Asia Agent Banking at Sholla Bazar of Nababgonj Upazila, Dhaka on Sunday (28 September, 2014). Mr. Md. Arfan Ali, Deputy Managing Director of the Bank, Mr. Quazi Mortuza Ali, Vice President & Head of Alternative Delivery Channel (ADC), Mr. Sirajul Islam, ECO of REA Info Tech and Mr. Mahabubur Rahman (Tara Mia), Chairman of Governing Body, Sholla School & College are seen in the picture.

Bank Asia opened an agent banking booth in Nababgonj upazila of Dhaka district on Sunday (28 September, 2014) in a move to financial inclusion of rural people. Mr. A. Rouf Chowdhury, Chairman of the Bank inaugurated the booth at Sholla Bazar in presence huge people indiscriminate age and profession. Mr. Md. Arfan Ali, Deputy Managing Director of the Bank, Mr. Quazi Mortuza Ali, Vice President & Head of Alternative Delivery Channel (ADC), Mr. Sirajul Islam, CEO of REA Info Tech. and Mr. Mahabubur Rahman (Tara Mia), Chairman of Governing Body, Sholla School & College were, among others, present during opening of the booth.

Bank Asia, pioneer in agent banking in Bangladesh, has been expanding agent banking services all over Bangladesh as a part of financial inclusion of unbanked population.

September 16, 2014
Bank Asia Agent Banking booths open in Noakhali and Laxmipur

Caption: Mr. Rumee A Hossain, Chairman of Executive Committee of the Board of Bank Asia is seen inaugurating an agent banking booth of the Bank at Birahimpur Bazar of Senbag in Noakhali district on Monday(15 Sept. 2014). Mr. M. Irfan Syeed, Director of the Bank, Mr. Md Arfan Ali, Deputy Managing Director (SMR) and Mr. Quazi Mortuza Ali, Vice President & Head of Alternative Delivery Channel (ADC) are, among others, also seen in the picture.

Bank Asia opened five agent banking booths in Noakhali and Laxmipur districts on Monday and Tuesday (15-16 September, 2014) in a move to financial inclusion of rural people. Mr. Rumee A Hossain, Chairman of Executive Committee of the Board of Bank Asia inaugurated the booths at Birahimpur Bazar of Senbag, Kashipur Bazar of Sonaimuri, Deleai Bazar and Bansha Bazar of Chatkhil uapzila and Dolta Bazar of Ramgonj upazila. Mr. M. Irfan Syeed, Director of the Bank, Mr. Md Arfan Ali, Deputy Managing Director (SMR) and Mr. Quazi Mortuza Ali, Vice President & Head of Alternative Delivery Channel (ADC) were, among others, present during opening of the booths.

Bank Asia, pioneer in agent banking in Bangladesh, has been expanding agent banking services all over Bangladesh as a part of financial inclusion of unbanked population.

August 3, 2014
Bank Asia Agent Banking booths open in Munshigonj

Caption: Mr. A.M. Nurul Islam, Vice Chairman of Bank Asia is seen inaugurating an agent banking booth of the Bank at Dhalagaon Bazar of Munshigonj district on Saturday (3 August, 2014). Mr. Rumee A Hossain, Chairman of Executive Committee of the Board of Bank Asia and Mr. Md Arfan Ali, Deputy Managing Director (SMR) are, among others, also seen in the picture.

Bank Asia opened four agent banking booths in Sadar and Tongibari upazilas of Munshigonj district on Saturday (2 August, 2014) in a move to financial inclusion of rural people. Mr. A.M. Nurul Islam, Vice Chairman of the Bank inaugurated the booths at Dhalagaon Bazar, Char Dumuria and College Para of Sadar upazila and Aldi Bazar of Tongibari upazila. Mr. Rumee A Hossain, Chairman of Executive Committee of the Board of Bank Asia and Mr. Md Arfan Ali, Deputy Managing Director (SMR) were, among others, present during opening of the booths.

Bank Asia, pioneer in agent banking in Bangladesh, has been expanding agent banking services all over Bangladesh as a part of financial inclusion of unbanked population.

January 19, 2014
Bank Asia sets off Agent Banking pilot phase in Munshigonj

Caption: In presence of Mr. Dasgupta Asim Kumar, Executive Director of Bangladesh Bank, Mr. A. Rouf Chowdhury, Chairman of Bank Asia, is launching Agent Banking pilot phase at Bhabanipur Bazar of Sirajdikhan Upazila, Munshigonj on Friday (17 January, 2014). Chairman of the Board Audit Committee Mr. Rumee A Hossain, Director Mr. Shah Md. Nurul Alam, President & Managing Director Mr. Md. Mehmood Husain, Deputy Managing Directors Mr. Aminul Islam and Mr. Md. Arfan Ali, Sirajdikhan Upazila Chairman Mr. Mohiuddin Ahmed are, among others, seen in the picture.

In an effort to bring huge number of the countrys non-banking population under the banking network and ensure financial inclusion, Bank Asia, for the first time in Bangladesh, set off Agent Baking pilot phase in Sirajdikhan Upazila of Munshigonj district. In presence of Mr. Dasgupta Asim Kumar, Executive Director of Bangladesh Bank, Mr. A. Rouf Chowdhury, Chairman of Bank Asia formally launched the activities of Agent Banking at Bhabanipur Bazar on Friday (17 January, 2014). Vice Chairman of the Bank Mr. Mohammed Lakiotullah, Chairman of the Board Audit Committee Mr. Rumee A Hossain, Directors Mr. M. Irfan Syeed and Mr. Shah Md. Nurul Alam, President & Managing Director Mr. Md. Mehmood Husain, Deputy Managing Directors Mr. Aminul Islam and Mr. Md. Arfan Ali, Sirajdikhan Upazila Chairman Mr. Mohiuddin Ahmed were, among others, present on the occasion. A large number of customers and local elite attended the function.

Agent Banking means providing banking services to the bank customers through the engaged agents under a valid agency agreement, rather than a teller/ cashier. It is the owner of an outlet who conducts banking transactions on behalf of the concerned bank. Abiding all rules and regulations of the Bank, agent will help customers enjoy financial transaction, bill payment, remittance service, process loan, open DPS, transfer funds, inquiry balance alongside get retirement benefit and other allowances.

Upon approval from Bangladesh Bank, Bank Asia appointed agents in Bhabanipur, Joinser, Rajanagor, Nimtola of Sirajdikhan and Chowkbazar of Sreenagar while appointment of agents in Chitrokoat, Noagaon (Matborerhat), Lotobdi, Shekhernagar of Sirajdikhan, Boramukam Bazar of Lauhajang and Dewbhog of Sadar upazila in Munshiganj district is under process.

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