Dhaka, Bangladesh (BBN)– Bangladesh Bank (BB) Governor Dr Atiur Rahman has asked the chief executive officers (CEOs) of all the commercial banks to protect customers’ interests without any negligence.

“You (CEOs) have to protect your customers’ interest with a top priority,” BB Governor Dr Rahman said on Friday.

He was addressing a programme on “Bankers Meet Customers” at the Abdul Karim Sahitya Bisharad Hall in Bangla Academy of the capital Dhaka as part of the ongoing banking fair.

The central bank chief also advised the top bankers to be entrepreneur-friendly for ensuing sustainable development of the country.

The programme was moderated by Dr Biru Paksha Paul, chief economist of the BB and chief coordinator of the Banking Fair Bangladesh-2015, while 14 CEOs of different banks attended the event.

The CEOs are Ali Reza Iftekhar, Managing Director and CEO of Eastern Bank Limited and Chairman of the Association of Bankers, Bangladesh (ABB), Mohammad Nurul Amin, Managing Director and CEO of Meghna Bank Limited and Chairman of the Bangladesh Foreign Exchange Dealers’ Association (BAFEDA), M. Shah Alam Sarwar, Managing Director and CEO of IFIC Bank Limited, Abdus Salam, Managing Direct and CEO of Janata Bank Limited, Syed Abdul Hamid, Managing Directir and CEO of Agrani Bank Limted, Sohail R K Hossain, Managing Director and CEO of the City Bank Limited, Khondhker Fazle Rashid, Managing Director and CEO of the Premier Bank Limited, Golam Hafiz Ahmed, Managing Director and CEO of NCC Bank Limited, Shamim Ahmed Chaudhury, President and Managing Director of AB Bank Limited, Dr. Mohammed Haider Ali Miah, Managing Director and CEO of EXIM Bank Limited, Selim RF Hussain, Managing Director and CEO of BRAC Bank Limited, Dider Md. Abdur Rob, Deputy Managing Director of Sonali Bank Limited, Enamul Huque, Managing Director, Head of Commercial Banking of Standard Chartered Bank and Sabbir Ahmed, Head of Retail Banking of HSBC.

At the programme, the CEOs replied different queries relating to interest rates on both lending and deposits and foreign trade directly to their clients.

Among others, Deputy Governors of the BB Abul Quasem and Abu Hena Mohammed Razee Hassan also spoke at the programme.

The BB governor inaugurated the five-day long banking fair on Bangla Academy premises in Dhaka on Tuesday aiming to build a banking nation through boosting the ongoing financial inclusion campaign across the country.

BBN/ASI/ANS