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Best domestic bank
|Selim R F Hussain, Brac Bank|
Best corporate and investment bank
|Ali Reza Iftekhar, Eastern Bank|
Best international bank
|Naser Ezaz Bijoy, Standard Chartered Bank|
Best digital bank
|Rahel Ahmed, Prime Bank|
Few economic peers are going digital as rapidly as Bangladesh. Even in this disruptive context, 25-year-old Prime Bank is a stand out. A bank that is, in the words of chief executive Rahel Ahmed, “moving faster than technology.”
Best bank for SMEs
|Arif Khan, IDLC Finance|
Best bank for CSR
The City Bank
|Mashrur Arefin, The City Bank|
Best for microfinance
The Association for Social Advancement has come a long, long way since its humble beginnings in the remote village of Tapra 42 years ago.
The mission, as Choudhury puts it, is to “improve the life quality of the people living at the bottom of the socioeconomic pyramid and establish a society free from poverty and economic disparity.”
Along with financing, ASA runs a growing roster of non-financial technical assistance programmes as varied as agriculture, education, healthcare, hygiene, physiotherapy and sanitation. Naturally, micro loans related to these and other areas are readily available.
Women entrepreneurs are a particular focus in lending programmes, of course. So are, increasingly, small companies in one of the developing world’s most promising but liquidity-starved economies.