AKM Salim Osman has been re-elected as the President of Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA) for the term of 2021-23. This is Salim Osman’s sixth consecutive term in the post. On Monday, BKMEA’s selection board, headed by former FBCCI vice-president Mohammad Ali, announced that Salim Osman had been re-elected.
The newly-elected 35-member board of directors has been announced at the Dhaka office of the city’s trade body, a statement said.
BKEMA, at its last annual general meeting, created the posts of Executive President and Senior Vice President, increasing its directorial position from 27 to 35. The company has included the extended posts in the memorandum to the Registrar of Joint Stock Companies through the Ministry of Commerce.
At the 10th Board Meeting on 14 August, BKMEA constituted an Electoral Board and Electoral Appeals Board for the biennial elections for the term 2021-23.
The Election Board announced the election schedule on 1 August. According to the election schedule, the date for submission of papers and October-October nomination papers was announced. The election was scheduled for November 12.
The ‘Knit Forum’ panel headed by Salim Osman submitted 35 nomination papers. Apart from this, no other member has submitted any nomination paper. As a result, the panel headed by Salim Osman was elected unopposed.
“There was no deviation from the rules in the election. There did not impede submitting nomination papers. But since no one submitted, our panel was elected unopposed,” Salim Osman told reporters at his office at Banglamotor.
Mohammad Hatem and Mansoor Ahmed have been elected Executive President and Senior Vice President respectively, the newly-created posts. Additionally, Fazle Shamim Ehsan, Alam Poddar, Gawhor Shiraz Jamil, Akhter Hossain Opurbo and Ashiqur Rahman were elected as Vice Presidents and Morshed Sarwar Shohel as the Vice President of Finance. Mohammad Ali, Vice-President of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry, was the Chairman of the BKMEA Election Board.