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Internationally acclaimed banker Anwarul Amin passes away

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Published: 19:19, 29 November 2022  
Internationally acclaimed banker Anwarul Amin passes away

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Anwarul Amin, a renowned banker, passed away at his Gulshan residence in Dhaka on Tuesday. He was 88.

Amin, also chairman of Impact Foundation Bangladesh, breathed his last around 4:00am, family members said.

He left behind a son, a daughter, grandchildren and a host of friends and relatives to mourn his death.

His namaz-e-janaza was at the Gulshan Azad mosque after Zuhr prayers and he was buried at the Banani graveyard.

After completing graduation from Westminster Bank Institute of Banking, Oakenholt, Oxfordshire, UK in 1955, Amin started his banking career with Muslim Commercial Bank.

He received specialised banking training with Deutsche Bank, Hamburg, KfW, Frankfurt and Westminster Bank in London.

After the independence of Bangladesh, Amin, while in charge of the then branch of the Eastern Banking Corporation of Pakistan in London, claimed it as a Bangladesh-owned bank to the British authorities.

Later, he also successfully managed to protect all the foreign currencies of the branch as the Bangladesh’s wealth.

He also renamed it as Uttara Bank overnight and inaugurated it as the first foreign branch of a Bangladeshi bank on March 30, 1972.

This is a historical milestone in the country’s banking sector and foreign exchange reserves.