Atiur awarded “Central Banker of the Year”

Bangladesh Bank (BB) Governor Atiur Rahman has been awarded the “Central Banker of the Year 2015” for the Asia-Pacific. The Banker, a magazine of the London-based Financial Times, announced the award on Monday.

dr. atiurDr Atiur received the award for his extraordinary contribution to the country’s economy, with maintaining stability, endeavoring inclusive banking, green banking and corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities.

The magazine also named the governors of the year for America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa regions.

“The Banker’s Central Banker of the Year 2015 awards celebrate the officials that have best managed to stimulate growth and stabilise their economy,” the magazine said in a web posting.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina congratulated Dr Atiur on receiving the award and lauded his role in resorting discipline in the macro-economy and banking sector’s management.

While expressing reaction at a press conference at his office on Tuesday, Dr Atiur dedicated the award to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

“This is not an achievement of my own,” the governor said, attributing the success to the coordinated efforts in establishing stability in the financial sector.

He said the economy had been stabilised with the coordinated efforts of all concerned and driven by inclusive economic strategy, CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) activities and green banking.

In November last year, Dr Atiur received the “GUSI Peace Prize International 2014” award for his contribution to establishing peace by reducing poverty in Bangladesh. He also received the prestigious “Indira Gandhi Gold Plaque for 2011” for his contribution to international cooperation towards human progress.

Dr Atiur was appointed the 10th governor of Bangladesh Bank on May 1, 2009 for a four-year term, which was extended last year for four more years.