Australia-Bangladesh Business Forum 2016 (Monash Business School)

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Date(s) - 07/09/16 - 08/09/16
All Day


Park Hyatt Melbourne
1 Parliament Square off Parliament Place

Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Investment: Exploring Trade and Investment Opportunities

The Monash Business School’s Centre for Global Business is hosting a two-day symposium, the Australia-Bangladesh Business Forum 2016 on 7-8 September 2016. The event will focus on harnessing innovation, entrepreneurship and investment with a view to explore trade and investment opportunities between Australia and Bangladesh. A broad range of participants from Australia and Bangladesh will be invited including government policy makers, private-sector representatives, high- profile academics and distinguished delegates from Bangladesh including: Mr. Tofail Ahmed, MP, Hon Minister of Commerce; and Mr. Shahariar Alam, MP, Hon State Minister, Foreign Affairs.

Monash University and the Government of Bangladesh have a long-established relationship that has gone from strength to strength as a result of numerous engagements. Academic training, joint capacity-development projects and collaborative research programs have enabled closer cooperation between the University and stakeholders who support Bangladesh in achieving its development aspirations.

The symposium has two overarching objectives that address the interest of both the University and the two countries. The first objective is to strengthen bilateral business relations between Australia and Bangladesh by promoting the sharing of knowledge, technology and capital. This can be seen as benefitting both Australian businesses that have interests in expanding operations to Bangladesh to capitalise on the prospects of a burgeoning and emerging economy, and also for the Government of Bangladesh in attracting investments for its growing private sector. The second objective is to further the interest of the Monash Business School especially in highlighting and creating opportunities for research.

Day 1
The Australia-Bangladesh Business Forum 2016 is a two-day event. The program for Day 1 will keep to the format of opening remarks/keynote presentation followed by simultaneous panel-led discussions in thematic areas including Power & Energy, Pharmaceutical, Ready Made Garments, Agriculture, and Logistics and Transportation. The primary focus of the first day will be to promote engagement between industry and policy makers of the two countries in understanding the current trade and investment trends, challenges and opportunities between Australia and Bangladesh.

Day 2
The program for Day 2 will present research findings by Australian and Bangladesh academics. An important aspect of the second day will be to engage with 25 academics from the Business Faculty of Dhaka University, one of the most prestigious universities in Bangladesh, and to highlight their current research. This process of research dialogue is a major step in identifying the areas of future collaboration.

Date: Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th September, 2016

Time: All day event

Venue: The Park Hyatt – Melbourne

This event would be of interest to all professionals, academics, regulators, and government representatives in the financial services who have an interest in Bangladesh Industry and Trade.


Mimi Clarke
(03) 9903 1271

Monash Business School