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Celebrating 29 Years of Unwavering Progress

From Fakirapool Footpath to Breathtaking Baily Road
FARUK AHMED, Editor, THE BANGLADESH EXPRESS
  08 Oct 2023, 00:00

With an illustrious history of 29 years, The Bangladesh Express joyously steps up to a remarkable 30-year milestone on Sunday, July 30, 2023, tracing its humble beginnings from a footpath at Fokirapool to its present location on the enchanting Baily Road in the capital city.

Initially launched as a bi-weekly magazine in 1994, The Bangladesh Express successfully transitioned into a national daily in 2021, largely due to unwavering support and a media-friendly approach of its readers and patrons who believe that good journalism can make our world a better place.

Throughout its history, The Bangladesh Express has set commendable benchmarks in financial and public journalism through in-depth professional reporting, independent market analyses and fair conversations between policymakers and market players, industry leaders and regulators with some special publications- an innovation in the country's financial journalism.

While fake news thrives amid turmoil and social media delivers a disconcerting mix of information, some news media owned by big corporations manipulate or distort the news, prioritizing corporate interests over the public's right to know. In this challenging media landscape, The Bangladesh Express stands out as a beacon, filling the gap as a true people's daily.

With a team of highly skilled and innovative journalists, who possess a deep understanding of both the market and society, The Bangladesh Express remains committed to delivering reliable and unbiased news to its readers.

Our core mission is to serve as a platform for transparent and unbiased journalism to foster an informed and engaged society by delivering accurate, reliable, and impartial news on a wide range of topics, including politics, economy, sports, entertainment, culture, and more. We are committed to fairness while arguments about objectivity are endless.

Amidst the ongoing battle between social media and print media, where a clear majority winner may not emerge, The Bangladesh Express shines ahead with its unique business model based on the principle of "Mighty things from small beginnings grow." Our news platforms continue to be sought after by the public, and together, they have arguably ushered in a new golden era of journalism.

At The Bangladesh Express, we take pride in our team of highly skilled and innovative journalists who possess an in-depth understanding of both the market and society. They are dedicated to bringing insightful and relevant news to our readers, ensuring that we stay ahead in delivering valuable content that resonates with our audience.

At The Bangladesh Express, we remain unyielding to corporate interests, ensuring that we report the news without any bias or manipulation. Our commitment lies in presenting the truth to our readers, free from fear or favouritism, as we prioritize stories that genuinely interest the public, rather than those serving vested interests.

Our mission goes beyond reporting; we raise our voices against injustice, oppression, and corrupt politics, with the aim of fostering a fair and just society. It is this unwavering dedication to truth and freedom that makes The Bangladesh Express a strong Voice for Freedom.

Our editorial team comprises experienced journalists and subject matter experts who prioritize credible reporting. Transparency is honest and fair, two values we cherish. That is why, each page of The Bangladesh Express is a bastion of freedom of speech and free-market conservatism, using the motto, "free markets, free people".

We believe that the relationship between social responsibility and news editors must have a very delicate balance. So, we design news "based on what interests the public rather than what is in the best interests of the public.

We see news from a different perspective and provide the right amount of details. Our readers appreciate the informed opinions and perspectives shared by these experts. That is why The Bangladesh Express is more than a newspaper and its news never get old. We go beyond the news and negativity.

What makes The Bangladesh Express unique are investigations to curb corruption, industry focus through dialogue, focus on underrepresented workforces and fight against thefts and threats. With Eagle Spirit, we go beyond the news to unfold the truth.

We uphold the highest ethical standards in journalism and are committed to presenting well-researched, fact-checked, and accurate information to our readers. Our features contributions from renowned financial experts, analysts, and industry leaders, offering valuable insights and commentary. We are committed to fairness while arguments about objectivity are endless.

Our readers love to read The Bangladesh Express due to its credibility, in-depth financial coverage, expert analysis, global perspective, and engaging content as we are spreading knowledge to guide investors. We promote innovations, digital transformation and consumer rights protection through media intervention and financial literacy programmes.

The Modest Beginning

As the ancient proverb says, 'The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step,' and that one step was taken by none other than The Bangladesh Express.

Back in 1994, when I was working as a Sub-editor for The Financial Express, the country's pioneering financial daily, we faced a major challenge with no internet or multimedia channels available for local businesses to attract foreign buyers. Bangladesh was unfairly branded as a 'Bottomless Basket' case by Western politicians, and our businesses struggled to showcase their products on the global stage.

Inspired by the idea that a credible quality magazine could bridge this gap and present a positive image of Bangladesh to the world, I decided to take action. With the support of like-minded businessmen, The Bangladesh Express was born as a bi-lingual fortnightly, setting out to redefine the perception of our nation internationally.

Initially, our magazine's copies were distributed by the postal department, but as we gained momentum, we expanded our reach abroad through airlines and Bangladesh Embassies. Today, The Bangladesh Express has evolved into a government-accredited English daily with a remarkable circulation of over 10,000 print copies, and we thrive with a strong presence in the dynamic realms of the internet and global multimedia channels.

Back in 1994, the world wasn't as interconnected as it is today. Scholars and knowledge-seekers had to travel great distances to share knowledge physically. It was an era when newspapers were just beginning to embrace computers in their newsrooms. I vividly remember preparing the first copy of The Bangladesh Express magazine from a humble computer shop at Farikrapool roadside, right under the towering presence of Motijheel.

The turning point came in 1999 when Internet connectivity began to emerge, offering new possibilities for banks, businesses, and politicians. By the year 2000, The Bangladesh Express made waves in the banking landscape by conducting CAMEL RATING on 22 private commercial banks, showcased in a special publication, thanks to the collaboration with a group of Chartered Accountant firms. The then Governor of Bangladesh Bank, Dr. Mohammed Farashuddin, lauded the rating and applauded the publication's efforts.

The journey that started from a modest computer shop has now become a testament to our resilience and creativity in shaping a powerful voice for Bangladesh worldwide. The Bangladesh Express, with its vibrant multimedia platform, continues to lead the way in sharing the nation's stories with the world, proving that even from small beginnings, mighty things can indeed grow.

We Bring Good Things to Light

We have been dedicated to illuminating important issues through thorough investigations and engaging dialogues, and since 1996, we have achieved this through our high-quality Special Publications, particularly focusing on challenging topics within various industries.

A landmark moment for us was in 2000 when we released our very first Special Publication, centred around CAMEL ratings on 22 private commercial banks. This pioneering effort was the first of its kind in Bangladesh, and its excellence was acknowledged by none other than the then Governor of Bangladesh Bank, Dr Mohammed Farashuddin, who accredited the publication.

Since then, we have continued to strive for excellence, pushing the boundaries of journalistic integrity and knowledge-sharing, aiming to provide our readers with the most reliable and informative content. Our commitment to shining a light on vital matters through our Special Publications remains unwavering, and we look forward to sharing more insightful discussions in the future.

Our dialogues between policymakers and market players help close knowledge gaps, spur action, foster innovation and promote collaboration so as not to harm industry competitiveness. Our industry publications are strengthening financial literacy among digital consumers.

Our Special Publications have garnered significant attention, with esteemed individuals such as the Governor of Bangladesh Bank, Chairman of BSEC, heads of ABB, BAFEDA, and BLFCA, as well as CEOs of 40 leading banks, 20 NBFIs, and 03 MFS operators actively took part in these insightful discussions.

The Bangladesh Express also organises various industry dialogue events on crucial topics in collaboration with social organisations.

Forward with the Time

Amidst the challenges newspapers face in surviving the rapidly evolving digital age, The Bangladesh Express stands out for its innovative approach to journalism. We have embraced change and introduced fresh perspectives to our readers by shedding light on critical subjects such as the mobile banking revolution, advancements in healthcare, and exclusive insights from top executives, all presented through our special focus sections like MFS Express, Health Express, Executive Express, Facts & Figures, and more.

What truly sets The Bangladesh Express apart is our unwavering dedication to going beyond the surface and focusing on the stories behind the news. Our commitment to in-depth reporting ensures that our news remains relevant and never gets old, making us a trusted source of valuable and timeless information.

In this digital age, we continue to adapt and innovate, serving as a bridge between the ever-changing world and our readers, providing them with the most insightful and up-to-date coverage possible. The future of journalism may be uncertain, but at The Bangladesh Express, we embrace the challenges and are determined to carve a path that leads to excellence and relevance in the years to come.

We take immense pride in our specialized monthly magazine, DIGITAL FINANCE, which has been diligently spreading financial literacy and promoting digital banking since 2018. Through this publication, we aim to empower individuals with knowledge and understanding of the financial landscape, driving them towards better financial decisions and a secure digital banking experience.

MARKET FOCUS, another gem in our collection, serves as our financial intelligence magazine, where our team of experts sheds light on top-performing corporates and socially responsible organizations. This magazine provides valuable insights into the financial world, guiding investors and stakeholders towards well-informed choices that align with their values and goals.

Our quarterly publication, EXPRESS REVIEW, delves into various critical aspects of our society, including crimes and criminalities, the endeavours of society leaders, and the dynamics of the market and its key players, all accompanied by compelling facts and figures. This comprehensive approach ensures our readers stay informed about the crucial issues shaping our society and economy.

Recognizing the significance of the digital age, we have developed a robust online presence, comprising a user-friendly website and a convenient mobile app. This online platform enables our readers to access the latest news and articles on the go, fostering a wider readership and encouraging active engagement with our content.

At The Bangladesh Express, we are committed to embracing technological advancements while staying true to our core mission of providing reliable and insightful journalism. Through our diverse publications and digital accessibility, we strive to be a source of knowledge, enlightenment, and inspiration for our valued readers, guiding them towards a brighter and informed future.

Understanding the importance of the digital age, we maintain a robust online presence with a user-friendly website and mobile app. This allows readers to access the latest news and articles on the go, fostering wider readership and engagement.

Forward with the People

The Bangladesh Express is not subject to any corporate interests, as it originated from a collaborative journalism project spearheaded by a dedicated group of professionals. This platform remains independent, with no investments or influence from corporate entities. Instead, it is driven by the principle of being "Of the people, by the people, for the people," reflecting our commitment to serving the interests of the public and providing unbiased and authentic news and information.

With a focus on quality journalism and a commitment to the nation's progress, it continues to play a pivotal role in shaping public discourse and keeping Bangladesh informed. Our reporters strive for a nimble, accurate and complete news report. Transparency is honest and fair, two values we cherish.

We focus on important national and international events and shed light on crucial economic and social issues through experts' write-ups and conversations with stakeholders.

We actively engage with our readers through social media platforms, organizing events, and promoting public discussions on critical issues. It takes pride in its role as a bridge between the people and the government, promoting accountability and transparency.

Our aim is to build a fair financial society where social justice, consumer rights protection and inclusive investment are indispensable for peaceful and prosperous coexistence. So, we strive for innovation and enhanced efficiency as business development models are being reshaped and economic and innovation cycles are shrinking.

We want our journalists to have a cosmopolitan and liberal worldview. We want to make THE BANGLADESH EXPRESS an "independent monitor of power" and a "voice to the voiceless".

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Celebrating 29 Years of Unwavering Progress

From Fakirapool Footpath to Breathtaking Baily Road
FARUK AHMED, Editor, THE BANGLADESH EXPRESS
  08 Oct 2023, 00:00

With an illustrious history of 29 years, The Bangladesh Express joyously steps up to a remarkable 30-year milestone on Sunday, July 30, 2023, tracing its humble beginnings from a footpath at Fokirapool to its present location on the enchanting Baily Road in the capital city.

Initially launched as a bi-weekly magazine in 1994, The Bangladesh Express successfully transitioned into a national daily in 2021, largely due to unwavering support and a media-friendly approach of its readers and patrons who believe that good journalism can make our world a better place.

Throughout its history, The Bangladesh Express has set commendable benchmarks in financial and public journalism through in-depth professional reporting, independent market analyses and fair conversations between policymakers and market players, industry leaders and regulators with some special publications- an innovation in the country's financial journalism.

While fake news thrives amid turmoil and social media delivers a disconcerting mix of information, some news media owned by big corporations manipulate or distort the news, prioritizing corporate interests over the public's right to know. In this challenging media landscape, The Bangladesh Express stands out as a beacon, filling the gap as a true people's daily.

With a team of highly skilled and innovative journalists, who possess a deep understanding of both the market and society, The Bangladesh Express remains committed to delivering reliable and unbiased news to its readers.

Our core mission is to serve as a platform for transparent and unbiased journalism to foster an informed and engaged society by delivering accurate, reliable, and impartial news on a wide range of topics, including politics, economy, sports, entertainment, culture, and more. We are committed to fairness while arguments about objectivity are endless.

Amidst the ongoing battle between social media and print media, where a clear majority winner may not emerge, The Bangladesh Express shines ahead with its unique business model based on the principle of "Mighty things from small beginnings grow." Our news platforms continue to be sought after by the public, and together, they have arguably ushered in a new golden era of journalism.

At The Bangladesh Express, we take pride in our team of highly skilled and innovative journalists who possess an in-depth understanding of both the market and society. They are dedicated to bringing insightful and relevant news to our readers, ensuring that we stay ahead in delivering valuable content that resonates with our audience.

At The Bangladesh Express, we remain unyielding to corporate interests, ensuring that we report the news without any bias or manipulation. Our commitment lies in presenting the truth to our readers, free from fear or favouritism, as we prioritize stories that genuinely interest the public, rather than those serving vested interests.

Our mission goes beyond reporting; we raise our voices against injustice, oppression, and corrupt politics, with the aim of fostering a fair and just society. It is this unwavering dedication to truth and freedom that makes The Bangladesh Express a strong Voice for Freedom.

Our editorial team comprises experienced journalists and subject matter experts who prioritize credible reporting. Transparency is honest and fair, two values we cherish. That is why, each page of The Bangladesh Express is a bastion of freedom of speech and free-market conservatism, using the motto, "free markets, free people".

We believe that the relationship between social responsibility and news editors must have a very delicate balance. So, we design news "based on what interests the public rather than what is in the best interests of the public.

We see news from a different perspective and provide the right amount of details. Our readers appreciate the informed opinions and perspectives shared by these experts. That is why The Bangladesh Express is more than a newspaper and its news never get old. We go beyond the news and negativity.

What makes The Bangladesh Express unique are investigations to curb corruption, industry focus through dialogue, focus on underrepresented workforces and fight against thefts and threats. With Eagle Spirit, we go beyond the news to unfold the truth.

We uphold the highest ethical standards in journalism and are committed to presenting well-researched, fact-checked, and accurate information to our readers. Our features contributions from renowned financial experts, analysts, and industry leaders, offering valuable insights and commentary. We are committed to fairness while arguments about objectivity are endless.

Our readers love to read The Bangladesh Express due to its credibility, in-depth financial coverage, expert analysis, global perspective, and engaging content as we are spreading knowledge to guide investors. We promote innovations, digital transformation and consumer rights protection through media intervention and financial literacy programmes.

The Modest Beginning

As the ancient proverb says, 'The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step,' and that one step was taken by none other than The Bangladesh Express.

Back in 1994, when I was working as a Sub-editor for The Financial Express, the country's pioneering financial daily, we faced a major challenge with no internet or multimedia channels available for local businesses to attract foreign buyers. Bangladesh was unfairly branded as a 'Bottomless Basket' case by Western politicians, and our businesses struggled to showcase their products on the global stage.

Inspired by the idea that a credible quality magazine could bridge this gap and present a positive image of Bangladesh to the world, I decided to take action. With the support of like-minded businessmen, The Bangladesh Express was born as a bi-lingual fortnightly, setting out to redefine the perception of our nation internationally.

Initially, our magazine's copies were distributed by the postal department, but as we gained momentum, we expanded our reach abroad through airlines and Bangladesh Embassies. Today, The Bangladesh Express has evolved into a government-accredited English daily with a remarkable circulation of over 10,000 print copies, and we thrive with a strong presence in the dynamic realms of the internet and global multimedia channels.

Back in 1994, the world wasn't as interconnected as it is today. Scholars and knowledge-seekers had to travel great distances to share knowledge physically. It was an era when newspapers were just beginning to embrace computers in their newsrooms. I vividly remember preparing the first copy of The Bangladesh Express magazine from a humble computer shop at Farikrapool roadside, right under the towering presence of Motijheel.

The turning point came in 1999 when Internet connectivity began to emerge, offering new possibilities for banks, businesses, and politicians. By the year 2000, The Bangladesh Express made waves in the banking landscape by conducting CAMEL RATING on 22 private commercial banks, showcased in a special publication, thanks to the collaboration with a group of Chartered Accountant firms. The then Governor of Bangladesh Bank, Dr. Mohammed Farashuddin, lauded the rating and applauded the publication's efforts.

The journey that started from a modest computer shop has now become a testament to our resilience and creativity in shaping a powerful voice for Bangladesh worldwide. The Bangladesh Express, with its vibrant multimedia platform, continues to lead the way in sharing the nation's stories with the world, proving that even from small beginnings, mighty things can indeed grow.

We Bring Good Things to Light

We have been dedicated to illuminating important issues through thorough investigations and engaging dialogues, and since 1996, we have achieved this through our high-quality Special Publications, particularly focusing on challenging topics within various industries.

A landmark moment for us was in 2000 when we released our very first Special Publication, centred around CAMEL ratings on 22 private commercial banks. This pioneering effort was the first of its kind in Bangladesh, and its excellence was acknowledged by none other than the then Governor of Bangladesh Bank, Dr Mohammed Farashuddin, who accredited the publication.

Since then, we have continued to strive for excellence, pushing the boundaries of journalistic integrity and knowledge-sharing, aiming to provide our readers with the most reliable and informative content. Our commitment to shining a light on vital matters through our Special Publications remains unwavering, and we look forward to sharing more insightful discussions in the future.

Our dialogues between policymakers and market players help close knowledge gaps, spur action, foster innovation and promote collaboration so as not to harm industry competitiveness. Our industry publications are strengthening financial literacy among digital consumers.

Our Special Publications have garnered significant attention, with esteemed individuals such as the Governor of Bangladesh Bank, Chairman of BSEC, heads of ABB, BAFEDA, and BLFCA, as well as CEOs of 40 leading banks, 20 NBFIs, and 03 MFS operators actively took part in these insightful discussions.

The Bangladesh Express also organises various industry dialogue events on crucial topics in collaboration with social organisations.

Forward with the Time

Amidst the challenges newspapers face in surviving the rapidly evolving digital age, The Bangladesh Express stands out for its innovative approach to journalism. We have embraced change and introduced fresh perspectives to our readers by shedding light on critical subjects such as the mobile banking revolution, advancements in healthcare, and exclusive insights from top executives, all presented through our special focus sections like MFS Express, Health Express, Executive Express, Facts & Figures, and more.

What truly sets The Bangladesh Express apart is our unwavering dedication to going beyond the surface and focusing on the stories behind the news. Our commitment to in-depth reporting ensures that our news remains relevant and never gets old, making us a trusted source of valuable and timeless information.

In this digital age, we continue to adapt and innovate, serving as a bridge between the ever-changing world and our readers, providing them with the most insightful and up-to-date coverage possible. The future of journalism may be uncertain, but at The Bangladesh Express, we embrace the challenges and are determined to carve a path that leads to excellence and relevance in the years to come.

We take immense pride in our specialized monthly magazine, DIGITAL FINANCE, which has been diligently spreading financial literacy and promoting digital banking since 2018. Through this publication, we aim to empower individuals with knowledge and understanding of the financial landscape, driving them towards better financial decisions and a secure digital banking experience.

MARKET FOCUS, another gem in our collection, serves as our financial intelligence magazine, where our team of experts sheds light on top-performing corporates and socially responsible organizations. This magazine provides valuable insights into the financial world, guiding investors and stakeholders towards well-informed choices that align with their values and goals.

Our quarterly publication, EXPRESS REVIEW, delves into various critical aspects of our society, including crimes and criminalities, the endeavours of society leaders, and the dynamics of the market and its key players, all accompanied by compelling facts and figures. This comprehensive approach ensures our readers stay informed about the crucial issues shaping our society and economy.

Recognizing the significance of the digital age, we have developed a robust online presence, comprising a user-friendly website and a convenient mobile app. This online platform enables our readers to access the latest news and articles on the go, fostering a wider readership and encouraging active engagement with our content.

At The Bangladesh Express, we are committed to embracing technological advancements while staying true to our core mission of providing reliable and insightful journalism. Through our diverse publications and digital accessibility, we strive to be a source of knowledge, enlightenment, and inspiration for our valued readers, guiding them towards a brighter and informed future.

Understanding the importance of the digital age, we maintain a robust online presence with a user-friendly website and mobile app. This allows readers to access the latest news and articles on the go, fostering wider readership and engagement.

Forward with the People

The Bangladesh Express is not subject to any corporate interests, as it originated from a collaborative journalism project spearheaded by a dedicated group of professionals. This platform remains independent, with no investments or influence from corporate entities. Instead, it is driven by the principle of being "Of the people, by the people, for the people," reflecting our commitment to serving the interests of the public and providing unbiased and authentic news and information.

With a focus on quality journalism and a commitment to the nation's progress, it continues to play a pivotal role in shaping public discourse and keeping Bangladesh informed. Our reporters strive for a nimble, accurate and complete news report. Transparency is honest and fair, two values we cherish.

We focus on important national and international events and shed light on crucial economic and social issues through experts' write-ups and conversations with stakeholders.

We actively engage with our readers through social media platforms, organizing events, and promoting public discussions on critical issues. It takes pride in its role as a bridge between the people and the government, promoting accountability and transparency.

Our aim is to build a fair financial society where social justice, consumer rights protection and inclusive investment are indispensable for peaceful and prosperous coexistence. So, we strive for innovation and enhanced efficiency as business development models are being reshaped and economic and innovation cycles are shrinking.

We want our journalists to have a cosmopolitan and liberal worldview. We want to make THE BANGLADESH EXPRESS an "independent monitor of power" and a "voice to the voiceless".

Comments

Reflecting on our accomplishments… / Shadow Banking At Crossroads: Where to go from here?
The Bangladesh Express is more than a newspaper brand but a movement
Reflecting on our accomplishments… / Money Market Development: Roles of treasury & technology