‘Foreign direct investment is a powerful tool for economic growth’

Experts say at ICCB webinar

Published : 21 Mar 2023 09:23 PM

Experts at a virtual meeting on Tuesday said the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is a powerful tool for economic growth, especially for a developing country like Bangladesh. 

They said Bangladesh is currently the second largest economy in the region going to be graduated as a developing country in 2026 as per the recommendation made by the UN Economic and Social Council. 

The International Chamber of Commerce, Bangladesh (ICCB) organised the webinar on “Into the Centenary Year : ICC Court visits ICC Bangladesh” on Tuesday.

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Court of Arbitration with its HQ in Paris is having its Centenary Celebration. ICC Court was established 100 years ago on 19 January 1923 under the leadership of founding ICC Chairman and French Minister of Commerce Etienne Clementel and ICC founders known as the “Merchants of Peace” said ICC Bangladesh President Mahbubur Rahman while addressing.

ICC Court Secretary General Alexander Fessas was the keynote speaker at the webinar.

ICC Court President Claudia Salomon said ICC has played a seminal role in making arbitration the preferred method for resolving disputes between parties from different countries.Indeed, ICC played a pioneeringrole in the adoption of the 1958 York Convention. 

Claudia mentioned that through the scrutiny process, this is a unique feature of ICC arbitration, ensuring that ICC awards are the highest possible standard.  We are the only arbitral institution that is truly international – not linked to any geography or subject to political winds. 

ICCB Executive Board Member Mir Nasir Hossain in his address said limited availability of specialized judges and lawyers with expertise in international arbitration is a challenge for Bangladesh.

This has led to a shortage of competent professionals who can handle the complexities of enforcing foreign arbitral awards in Bangladesh. 

ICCB Executive Board Member Kutubuddin Ahmed in his speech said for Bangladesh, the primary challenge for enforcing foreign arbitral awards is the lack of a comprehensive legal framework.

The existing laws on arbitration are outdated and do not provide adequate guidance on the recognition and enforcement of foreign arbitral awards. The Act came into force over 21 years back in 2001. 

Other Panelists of the webinar were Md. Sameer Sattar, Bar-at-Law, President, DCCI; Margub Kabir, Bar-at-Law, Advocate Supreme court of Bangladesh; ABM Sertajur Rahman, Additional Project Director (Superintending Engineer), SASEC Dhaka Sylhet Corridor Road Investment Project and PPP Cell, Roads and Highways Department and Forrukh  Rahman, Bar-at-Law, Advocate Supreme Court of Bangladesh. ICC Bangladesh Secretary General Ataur Rahman also spoke at the webinar.