Annisul Huq

How does the recent success of being elected as the FBCCI president feel? How has your life changed since then?
Winning elections can be euphoric and a humbling experience at the same time. It feels great to have won the support of the business community, but there’s also a huge sense of responsibility that pushes me 24/7. My life, today, is all about less hours of sleep, more hours of seminar, more sessions of brain storming and whirlwind meetings.

As the former BGMEA chief, what were some of the challenges that you faced?
The biggest challenge was the issue of minimum wage. In a world where we are plagued by inflation and price hikes, it’s incredibly difficult to set limits on wages. Yet, since the garments sector depends hugely on price competitiveness, there were multiple factors which had to be considered and appropriate checks and balances had to be put in place.

How do you see the worker’s unrest, clashes and the on going criticisms concerning the garment owners and the overall system?
If you closely follow the developments of workers’ unrest, you will very often realise that more stories are done on a negative incident. There is more hype on negatives and nearly zero or nothing on the positives. The unrests are at times is justified, yet there are also times when a bus tragedy has been enough to have the workers resorting to a frenzy resulting in damaging any and every factory that’s situated close to the spot. Would I call it a reasonable outburst? No.
Hence as much as all the criticisms are not well founded, there are also incidents where the factory owner has actually defaulted. There are grey areas at both the ends.

Where do you feel the problem of this on-going clash lie?
The problem of this clash lies mostly on the workers’ resentment and their inability to cope well with what they take home, at the end of the day. At the same time, the owner too, is facing a competitive world that disallows him to be more generous. The export volume may be on the rise, but the margins are all gone anyway. In such a situation, where the Catch-22 parallel can be drawn, there must be an efficient bridge between the two parties. We need to address our workers directly and not allow any other intervention to take place.

What are your views concerning the BGMEA Bhaban that was constructed o n a protected wetland in the city and is subject to a debate over whether it should be demolished? How do you think the impact will be?
The impact will not be positive for sure. The Bhaban was endorsed by two former prime ministers; the BGMEA has already been penalised for the loopholes that it earlier had. Therefore, even after legalizing, if the question of demolishing persists, the business community will be demoralised.

Before the state of emergency was imposed, a number of businessmen had requested for the state of emergency to be announced so as to bring peace in the country and bring a stop to the damages done to businesses. Where you a part of it? How do you look at the impact of this imposition today?
No businessman wants his factory to be vandalized. No businessman wants to face road blocks when he/she is attempting to export an urgent shipment. No one wants a disaster that violates the calendar of commerce. With the imposition of the emergency, hartals and road blockades had ended. But any conscious citizen opts for democracy. I am no exception to this.

What are your views concerning the present political economy in Bangladesh?
We would want more investments to pour in and this has not happened. It is natural for business communities around the world not to invest in a transitional climate and therefore sufficient FDI’s have not blessed our economy yet. With the new budget around and with the hope for the elections in December, Bangladesh may just see a new dawn in terms of economic progress. Going forward, business community would want to see timelier and a more focused negotiations and interventions from the administration in case of a crisis.

Your life as a television anchor was indeed very successful- when you look back to those times, what are the best times and lessons that you learned?
Media has taught me how to cherish spotlight and how not to let any viewer or any audience down. This has left reflections on my professional path as well. I think of any transaction as a transparent and a commitment dialogue. One can’t cheat the camera and similarly, one can’t fool the common eye either. For me, the best is only what happens today.

How did you shift away to a different sector? Do you feel it was a good decision?
I did not shift to a different sector. I was a young man back in the 80’s and media was a passion. But along with age, during mid-80’s, there were responsibilities to be taken care of and I had to choose a career. I have, in reality never disassociated myself from television. I have always been a part of that virtual reality.

Throughout the time, you have played many roles- anchor, owner of Mohammadi group, BGMEA chief, president of FBCCI and many more. Which one made you feel the happiest and satisfied? How so?
I am happiest being ‘me’. None of my roles are conflicting. They all belong to the same package. I am all of them rolled into one.

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Annisul Huq, President, SAARC Chamber & Chairman, Mohammadi Group

Annisul Huq is one of the celebrated Personalities of our trade, commerce and industrial arena. He is the President of Federation of Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI). Very recently he has been elected as the President of SAARC Chamber of Commerce & Industry. A Former President of Bangladesh Garments Manufacturer and Exporters Association (BGMEA) Mr. Aminul Huq is the Chairman of Mohammadi Group. Born on, October 27,1952 at a village Goshbag of Sudharam Thana Under Noakhali district. His father’s name is Md. Shariful Huq. Annisul Huq did his Master in Economics from Chittagong University. His Mohammadi Group consists of 12 garments in which around five thousand people are working. The sister concerns of this group are; The Mohammadi Limited, Mohammad group Limited, Anirban Garments Limited, MG Shirtex Limited, MG Knit Fabrics Limited, Arrow Apparels Limited, Mohammadi Packages Limited, Techno-Vista Limited (one of the largest Software Development Company). He is Chairman, Boarding Vista Limited (A Joint Venture software Development Company with Denmark). Chairman MG Properties Limited, and chairman Desh Energy Limited, Mr. Annisul Huq served as President of Bangladesh Garments Manufacturer and Exporters Association (BGMEA) for two terms (2005 & 2006). He has also been on the Executive Committee board of BGMEA for 12 years. Mr. Huq played a significant role for the development of RMG sector when he was the President of BGMEA. He served as the only signatory & negotiator of the Minimum Wage. Board of Ready made Garments & Textile sector and negotiated for four months in 2006 to finalize minimum wage of garments & fully and enforced form October 22, 2006. He also initiated negotiation for duty free access of Bangladesh apparels and the formation of the 17 member Caucus of the members of the Senate and Congress of USA. Mr. Huq worked extensively for changing of European Union Rules of Origin favoring Bangladesh duty free access. Currently he has been serving as President of Sharif Rowshan Memorial Trust (Kabirhat Government College), Sharif Rawshan Welfare Foundation and also a Vice President of Rakeya Lutful Huq Memorial Trust and Maimuna Rashid Zohrul Huq Memorial Trust. He also carried out his responsibility as a Director of International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)

Alongside business Mr. Annisul is involed with extracurricular activities. He is very well-known to the mass people as a popular TV Presenter. Once he was a presenter of a popular program ‘Anandomela’. He also interviewed Prime Minister and other political leaders of the country in important national issues. He is a Commercially Important Person (CIP) of the government of Bangladeshsince 1992.

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Beyond a Family Business

Sewing Floor - Shirtex
Mohammadi Group’s customers include Zara, H&M, Esprit, Sears, Wal-Mart and Target

Mohammadi Group, one of the leading garment manufacturers in Bangladesh today, has broadened its base to include various other lines of business

If Bangladesh’s ready-made garment (RMG) sector ever had a cheap connotation tied to it, it is well on its way out, thanks to the efforts of high-quality manufacturers such as Mohammadi Group (MG).

“It’s time for Bangladesh to re-brand itself as a producer of higher value added items,” says the group’s Chairman, Annisul Huq, adding that the entrepreneurs of the RMG sector have risen above the challenges of natural disasters and labor issues to sustain growth in the sector. “Nothing deters our spirit. The resilience comes from our need to survive and compete in today’s world with excellence,” he says.

MG was initially established in 1986 by four friends who scraped together just enough capital, with 52 people working a two-line factory in the Lalbagh area of Dhaka. “We had no cash to invest, so I borrowed money from my father’s pension account, my friends pawned their wives’ jewelry and a cousin decided to fund a portion,” recalls Mr. Huq.

In the mid-90s, the four partners split the business, each setting up their own garment manufacturing companies. Mr. Huq went into business with his wife Rubana, who serves as MG’s Managing Director. Their son, Navid, runs the sweater division.

From these humble origins nearly 30 years ago, the group has expanded into a 26-line business that produces monthly 750,00 pieces of ready-made woven garments, 300,000 sweaters, and 250,000 pieces of lingerie. The group’s portfolio of international customers includes some of the most recognized names in Europe and the U.S.

Not only is Mr. Huq at the helm of a thriving company, he is also a prominent figure in the business community, having served as President of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers Exporters Association (BGMEA), President of the SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI), and President of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI).

“Leading all these organizations helped me gain a better vision of a global business scene and my roles enabled me to look beyond just my company,” he says.
Mr. Huq’s vision has led him to look beyond the RMG sector and to diversify into IT, power, media and real estate. He even plans to enter agriculture soon.

His firm Technovista is one of the largest software and IT services companies in Bangladesh, and has gone into partnership with a Danish company to open Boarding Vista Ltd, an IT and DTP service solution provider. In the energy sector, MG co-owns two 110MW power plants with Desh Energy. In other areas, MG Properties Ltd. focuses on providing one-stop services – all the way through to interior design.

Business aside, the group is also concerned with the human aspect. MG’s Sharaf’er Pathshala School provides free education to the factory workers’ children. “My goal is to replicate this initiative in all of our factories and to cajole a few of our colleagues to set up a similar school in their manufacturing units, as well,” says Mr. Huq.

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Annisul Huq

The name of a successful entrepreneur personality in Garments Industry sector is   Annisul Huq. For courageous role in national and people’s need this competent entrepreneur is known more outside the business community. He is a successful President of Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association. He represented the Garments Industry sector as Chairman of well-known Mohammadi Group in business domain for a long time. Under his successful leadership, the Garments Industry sector, could have gained dynamism overcoming various turmoil. He performed the role of a farsighted skilled helmsman during labor unrest, impasse over quota free market access and the moments of uncertainties due to political agitations. Under his direct supervision, the minimum wage structure for garments industry workers was devised and implemented. Mr.Annisul Huq was able to achieve enviable acceptability and maintain the same due to his etiquette and accomplishments amongst all quarters. He is widely known and praised in his own name. This successful entrepreneur of garments sector contested in FBCCI election in 2008 for the office of President. As a successful businessman entrepreneur, he thinks, if right leadership comes into with responsibilities FBCCI can play effective role in restoration of national economy. He thinks at this stage of globalization, time has come to take up completely new plans for economy and implement the same. In interview with news media, Annisul Huq told ‘Without infrastructure industrialization is not possible. FBCCI by right plan   can formulate policy

in Power, Road and Port etc., sector for private investment. Also in this case successful entrepreneurship can change the picture of the economy of this country. In a developing, populous country like Bangladesh, without increasing employment, development of small and medium enterprises and investment, economy can not grow effectively. For this needed right direction and effective dialogue with the government.’

Mr.Annisul Huq wants to lead the FBCCI, to face the challenge of national economy, like garments sector. Arthokatha is pleased being able to nominate this acclaimed entrepreneur personality of country’s garments industry sector as one of the best personalities of the year 2007.Sincere greetings and wishes to this personality who is progressive and patriotic, head to toe. Besides huge employment in Mohammadi Group, positive contributions in national economy will be expanded more and more under his leadership-this is the expectation of all.

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Annisul vows action against attackers

Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Mayor Annisul Huq
Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Mayor Mr. Annisul Huq

Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Mayor Annisul Huq yesterday said stern action will be taken against those who were involved in the attacks during Sunday’s eviction drive at Tejgaon truck stand in the capital. The mayor said he knew who misguided the workers and that he will not allow anybody to occupy roads and none will be allowed to park vehicles on roads. “An influential group erected illegal structures and shops on the truck stand premises and are involved in drug dealings. If illegal structures are removed from the truck stand, they will count losses. That’s why they pelted stones during the eviction drive. The attackers will face tough action. You (people) just co-operate with me,” the mayor told journalists at media briefing at a city hotel yesterday.  Huq also claimed that those, who had been grabbing the truck stand land, possess black money. “The grabbers played the card of politics with me. I did not say anything. There were police with me but they did not do anything. Many things could be done because there was force but they remained silent,” he added. Huq also said that he has requested the home ministry and police administration to nab the attackers. “None will be spared. Those who tried to show power are doing it by the power of drugs and extortion money. This power will not sustain,” he observed.  The mayor also said that a modern truck stand will be constructed and that the people will get the benefit soon as there will be no illegal parking on roads in the Tejgaon truck stand area.

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1 December, 2015

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Mr. Annisul Huq, Former President SAARC CCI & FBCCI, elected as first mayor of Dhaka North City Corporation

Mr Annisul Huq, Former President, SAARC CCI from Bangladesh became the first mayor of Dhaka North City Corporation. Mr. Huq with his ‘table clock’ electoral symbol bagged 460,117 votes against his nearest rival BNP-backed Tabith Mohammed Awal son of another former FBCCI president Mr. Abdul Awal Mintoo, received 325,080 votes for his ‘bus’ symbol.

The three mayors Mr. Annisul Huq of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC), Mr. Sayeed Khokon of Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) and Mr. AJM Nasir Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) have taken oath in a simple ceremony at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). Read more “Mr. Annisul Huq, Former President SAARC CCI & FBCCI, elected as first mayor of Dhaka North City Corporation” »

Thank you Mr. Mayor – A different scene on Gabtoli road – The Daily Star

Traffic moving freely on Shyamoli-Aminbazar road in front of the capital's Gabtoli Inter-District Bus Terminal on Sunday, much to the relief of commuters. Photo: Amran Hossain, Rashed Shumon
Traffic moving freely on Shyamoli-Aminbazar road in front of the capital’s Gabtoli Inter-District Bus Terminal on Sunday, much to the relief of commuters. Photo: Amran Hossain, Rashed Shumon

In a major step towards easing the city’s crippling traffic congestion, Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) has freed the Shyamoli-Aminbazar road in the capital from illegal parking.

With the DNCC initiative, the road, which remained crammed with buses and trucks parked haphazardly, has now got a refreshingly new look, much to the relief of city commuters.

There are hundreds of bus counters at Shyamoli, Kalyanpur and Gabtoli Bus Terminal from where buses set off for different districts across the country. And the road, more often than not, remained clogged with these buses, as the bus owners occupied two-thirds of the road by parking their vehicles there.

“Just a couple of days ago, it took me 30 to 45 minutes to go to Shyamoli from Gabtoli. That’s why I used to leave home early. But now it takes just a few minutes,” said Amir Hossain, an NGO worker.

On December 29, DNCC Mayor Annisul Huq officially declared the road from Shyamoli to Aminbazar free from illegal parking. Since then, the situation has improved drastically. Read more “Thank you Mr. Mayor – A different scene on Gabtoli road – The Daily Star” »