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Upcoming events:

June 2014
Diaspora Event with Amb. Dan Mozena, U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh

May 7, 2014
One Year After the Rana Plaza Collapse
Hosted by Johns Hopkins University, SAIS
Featuring Shamarukh Mohiuddin, USBAC and Kyle Burgess, Article 23

February 20, 2014

Promoting Education in Bangladesh
Event with Teach for Bangladesh featuring CEO of TFB Maimuna Ahmad

October 4, 2013

The Blood Telegram: Nixon, Kissinger And a Forgotten Genocide
A conversation with Professor Gary J. Bass
Author of The Blood Telegram: Nixon, Kissinger And a Forgotten Genocide

Author will be pleased to sign books, which may be purchased ahead of time at:
Barnes and Noble: 555 12th Street NW, Washington DC and other B&N locations
Politics and Prose: 5015 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC

Event venue: Martin Luther King Library, 901 G Street NW, Washington, D.C.
Room: A-5 (Please take elevator down to room A-5)
Time: Friday, October 4, 2:00PM—3:30PM
RSVP: by Thursday October 3 (RSVP is required)

"[A] gripping and well-researched book . . . Sheds fresh light on a shameful moment in American
foreign policy.. Admirable clarity." – The Economist

Princeton University Professor Gary J. Bass’s new book is  “a riveting history—the first full account—of
the involvement of Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger in the 1971 atrocities in Bangladesh that led to
war between India and Pakistan, shaped the fate of Asia, and left in their wake a host of major
strategic consequences for the world today- Knopf


December 2, 2013

Innovators in Public Health in Bangladesh: The Case Study of Amader Gram

Featuring: Reza Selim, Amader Gram

Stay tuned for updates!


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October 1 2013

Bangladesh at a Crossroads: Political and Security Outlook

USBAC spoke at an all day event sponsored by American Security Project
1100 New York Avenue NW, West Tower, 7th floor, Washington, DC

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July 10 2013

Bangladesh Worker Safety Initiative

USBAC spoke at Press Conference on Bangladesh Worker Safety Initiative at the Bipartisan Policy
Center along with:
Senator Olympia Snowe
Senator George Mitchell
Ambassador Akramul Qader, Ambassador of Bangladesh to the US
Jason Grumet, President, Bipartisan Policy Center
Senior Officials from Gap, Wal Mart, Target, VF

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July 10 2013

USBAC spoke at Heritage Foundation conference:

"Moving Bangladesh Toward a Better Future"

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May 19 2013

USBAC and BEI Meet with Congressman Jim McDermott with discuss market access for

Shamarukh Mohiuddin of USBAC and Fariiq Sobhan of the Bangladesh enterprise Institute held a
meeting with Congressman McDermott to discuss Bangladesh's GSP privileges and the roadmap for
improving labor standards in Bangladesh.


January 4 & 5  2013:

Diaspora Event

U.S. Bangladesh Advisory Council in conjunction with the US Department of State and the US
Embassy in Bangladesh held  two major events in Dhaka as part of their Bangladeshi American
Diaspora Engagement Initiative.  Bangladeshi Americans who are successful in their careers in
the United States and between the ages of 25-45, attended a reception hosted by US Ambassador
to Bangladesh, the Honorable Daniel W. Mozena, at his home on Friday, January 4th.

The group then met with their Bangladeshi professional counterparts on Saturday, January 5th at
the American Club and discussed forging collaboration with Bangladeshi private sector, think
tanks, NGOs, and academia.

The objectives of USBAC's program included:

1.  Connecting the U.S. based Bangladeshi diaspora to their professional counterparts in
Bangladesh in the hope of forging working relationships.

2.  Engaging the American Bangladeshi diaspora in US policies and programs focused in  

USBAC hopes that the American Bangladeshi diaspora can use this new initiative as a platform to
engage in investment, trade, philanthropy, knowledge-sharing, joint ventures and volunteerism as
well as stimulate the economic and cultural relationship between the United States and

The initiative aims to explore the full potential of the American Bangladeshi diaspora in diplomacy
and development, since diaspora members are natural ambassadors by identity.

Click here for details

Press release


June 20, 2012:

Policy event with US Ambassador to Bangladesh, Ambassador Dan Mozena

The US Bangladesh Advisory Council hosted Ambassador Dan W. Mozena, US Ambassador to
Bangladesh, for a reception and dinner on June 20, 2012. The event was organized to assist the U.
S. Department of State’s Diaspora Initiative announced by Secretary Hillary Clinton in 2011. This
was the first ever event organized with the Bangladeshi-American diaspora under the Obama

USBAC's Shabbir Ahmed Chowdhury and Shamarukh Mohiuddin provided opening remarks.
Numerous Bangladeshi-American professionals, leaders and activists mainly from Washington
DC metro area and some from out of state attended the event and provided views on shaping US-
Bangladesh policy. Ambassador Mozena said: “Bangladesh genuinely matters to the United
States of America. It is a country of growing strategic importance. Bangladesh is the seventh
largest country in the world and a moderate tolerant, secular, democratic nation in a very troubled
part of the world, and therefore a key element of stability in the region. It is also a major force for
global peace, Bangladeshi peacekeepers in 11 different operations around the world are
promoting global peace.”  He also said: “Bangladeshi political parties must reach agreement on
how to hold the next elections. Political instability will send investors away. Bangladesh also
needs to get ahead of the labor curve. Workers, management and unions need to work together.  I
hope Bangladesh will realize our shared vision of becoming the next Asian tiger.”

Among the attendees were Bangladeshi American leaders of all demographics and diverse
backgrounds, including academics, economists, engineers, scientists, entrepreneurs, high
school and college students.  The Department of State termed it an “extremely successful event”
and expressed its desire to continue to work with USBAC on future events with the Bangladeshi
American diaspora.


April 5, 2012

40 years of US Diplomatic Relations with Bangladesh- Trade and Investment

USBAC Executive Director Shamarukh Mohiuddin was a featured speaker along with other
distinguished panelists at an event organized by the Embassy of Bangladesh on Trade and
Investment between the US and Bangladesh. This event marked 40 years of US diplomatic
relations with Bangladesh. The event was titled “Bangladesh –U.S. Economic Relations and
Investment Prospects”  The opening remarks were made by Brigadier General Md. Abdul Moeen,
Defense Attaché at the Embassy. The keynote presenter was Linda Droker, the Director of the
South Asia Division at the International Trade Administration of the US Department of Commerce.
The Ambassador of Bangladesh to the United States, H.E. Mr. Akramul Qader also made
preliminary remarks at the program. Other featured discussants at the program included Edward
Gresser, Director of the think tank Progressive Economy, Matt Stumpf, Director, Asia Society,
Stanley Serfling, Consumer Safety Officer at the US FDA, Carolyn L. Brehm, Vice President of
International Trade at Procter & Gamble, Prof Paul Mazzochi, Joint Institute of Food Safety and
Applied Nutrition (JIFSAN), University of Maryland, College Park and Laura Hudson, Manager,
International Government Affairs at Chevron Corporation, who moderated the program.

Shamarukh Mohiuddin of USBAC noted the improvements in U.S. - Bangladesh trade ties, but also
pointed out some areas where U.S. trade preference programs should be reformed. “Bangladesh
has been quite competitive in apparel exports, but if discriminatory U.S. tariffs were reduced or
eliminated, the sector would be able to reach its full potential. Bangladesh now receives GSP (duty
free) treatment on only $23 million of the $4.7 billion it exports to the United States.” She noted:
“Bangladesh currently faces an average tariff penalty of 14% while OECD countries face only 1.7%.
Large parts of the developed world, including the EU, Canada, Japan, Norway, Australia and others
already provide duty free, quota free market access for Bangladesh; the United States is the only
outlier. Furthermore, the expiration of the Generalized System of Preferences program every two
years creates uncertainty among investors.” She suggested taking into account some of the
advances that Bangladesh has made in improving labor standards and incremental reductions of
apparel tariffs. She also highlighted areas that are ripe for U.S. investments in Bangladesh
including in IT and computer-related services as well as industries related to innovation in food
production, pointing out several ways in which Bangladesh has improved its business climate
including simplifying its tax code and property registration and strengthening investor
protections. She also pointed to some opportunities for U.S. exports in areas such as consumer
electronics and industrial equipment.

Edward Gresser of Progressive Economy also eloquently highlighted the need for reform of U.S.
trade policies towards the Least Developed Countries including Bangladesh, speaking of the role
that apparel trade in Bangladesh has played in the empowerment of women. He noted the
significance of U.S. policies which could help Bangladesh graduate from LDC status to Middle
Income Country status. Other remarks at the program focused on infrastructure barriers to
investment, necessary regulatory reforms in Bangladesh, regional trade opportunities,
opportunities in the area of food and aquaculture, trade capacity building, and the status of the U.
S. – Bangladesh Trade and Investment Cooperation Framework Agreement (TICFA) which is
currently being discussed by the Bangladeshi cabinet.

Among the attendees were members of the press, a former US Congressman and Peace Corps
Officer in Bangladesh Jim Moody, representatives from Coca Cola, Boeing, Conoco Phillips, U.S.
Chamber of Commerce and other representatives from the private sector, the Bangladesh desk
officer at the U.S. Department of State and various other stakeholders concerned with U.S. -
Bangladesh trade relations. The program was part of a series of events that the Embassy of
Bangladesh has organized to commemorate the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the
United States and Bangladesh.


March 6, 2012

USBAC Briefing Session on Capitol Hill for Congressional Staff:

Enhancing Trade and Investment Between the United States and Bangladesh

Congressman Hansen Clarke
Jack Garrity, Executive Director, Asia Society
Edward Gresser, Director, Progressive Economy
Shabbir Ahmed, USBAC
Shamarukh Mohiuddin, USBAC

The briefing session was targeted to Congressional Ways and Means Committee and Senate
Finance Committee staff and discussed ways in which the U.S. and Bangladesh could strengthen
the ireconomic relationship through trade preference programs and capacity building assistance
in Bangladesh.


December 6, 2011

USBAC-SAIS event on ICT and Public Health in Bangladesh

Amader Gram
Dr. Richard Love, Ohio State University

USBAC co-hosted an event with Johns Hopkins SAIS, International Development Club on how
information and communications technology can assist development outcomes in Bangladesh.
The featured guest was a Bangladesh rural NGO Amader Gram. Its focus has been on increasing
computer literacy and IT services use, and on creating IT “solutions” (“Gandhian innovation”) to
improve important aspects of poor people’s lives. It is now developing a model IT-intense health
service for women in order to address cancer. The objective of this meeting was to brainstorm
ideas with development professionals about how to take Amader Gram's work to the next level.  
Members of the SAIS International Development Club as well as representatives from NGOs and
the private sector including Results for Development, MHealth Alliance, Pfizer and others attended
the session.


October 10-11,  2011

USBAC held several events in honor of the Bangladesh Brand Forum delegation

1. USBAC event on Capitol Hill with Key Members of the Congressional Bangladesh Caucus

The Honorable Robert O. Blake, Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia
Congressman Joseph Crowley
Congressman Brad Sherman
Congressman Ed Royce
Congressman Hansen Clarke
Congressman Michael Capuano
Ray Offenheiser, President, Oxfam America

2. USBAC- SAIS event: US - Bangladesh Foreign Policy Issues

Featuring: Foreign Minister Dipu Moni

3. USBAC- US Chamber of Commerce: Trade and Investment between the US and

Featuring: Leading U.S. businesses and Bangladeshi entrepreneurs


August 12, 2010:

"Garment Trade and Bangladesh: Domestic Coalitions and the Need for Policy Change In
Bangladesh’s Garments And Textiles Industry" with Dr. Sanchita Saxena, UC- Berkeley, Woodrow
Wilson Center for Scholars

Sanchita Saxena, South Asia Initiative, University of California, Berkeley

The discussion focused on a recently published report, where Ms. Saxena and co-authors
challenge the commonly held notions about Bangladesh’s success in garments and textiles, and
examine why Bangladesh has not drastically lost market share after the phase out of the
international quota system in 2005.  In 2007 and 2008, through semi-structured in-depth
interviews in Dhaka with international buyers, government officials, factory owners, and middle
managers, and focus groups with factory workers, the authors of the report found that increased
dialogue by various means among all these domestic stakeholders has been key in building a
consensus for creating an agenda for reform. This growing consensus has led to some crucial
changes at the factory and national levels which have made the sector more competitive and
increased confidence among the international buyers and garment retailers.

Venue: Woodrow Wilson Center, 6th Floor Board Room,


April 22, 2010:

"Trade Preferences and the Poor"

Ann Tutwiler, Coordinator, U.S. Food Security Initiative, USDA
Dr. Mustafizur Rahman, Executive Director, Centre for Policy Dialogue (Bangladesh)
Kimberly Elliott, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development.
Moderator: Shamarukh Mohiuddin, Executive Director of USBAC

The event hosted with Trade, Aid and Security Coalition featured Ann Tutwiler, Coordinator, U.S.
Food Security Initiative, USDA, Dr. Mustafizur Rahman, Executive Director, Centre for Policy
Dialogue (Bangladesh) and Kimberly Elliott, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development. The
event was moderated by Shamarukh Mohiuddin, Executive Director of USBAC. Speakers focused
on areas where U.S. trade policies could be reformed to provide more market access for the
poorest countries, including Bangladesh.

November 18, 2009

USBAC urges duty free quota free market access for Bangladesh at Capitol Hill Briefing on Trade
and Global Poverty

See press release here

Featured speakers:
Congressman Jim McDermott, D-WA
The Honorable Cham Prasigh, Cambodian Minister of Commerce
Shamarukh Mohiuddin, Executive Director, USBAC

Date: November 18, 2009
Venue: H-137, U.S. Capitol

Host: Oxfam America and Trade, Aid and Security Coalition


October 6, 2009
USBAC's Shamarukh Mohiuddin speaks at Global Hunger Summit on hunger in South Asia on
Capitol Hill

Date: October 6, 2009
Venue: Cannon House Office Building, Room 122

Host: Friends of the World Food Program


September 17, 2009
U.S. Bangladesh Advisory Council and John Hopkins University -SAIS host

The Honorable Foreign Minister of Bangladesh, Dr. Dipu Moni

Date: September 17, 2009
Venue: 1619 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC


August 19, 2009
U.S. Bangladesh Advisory Council and Bangladesh Public Affairs Front Host

Congressman Joseph Crowley for a THANK YOU reception and dinner

Date: August 19, 2009
Venue: Dhaka Club, Queens, NY


May 4, 2009
U.S. Bangladesh Advisory Council (USBAC)
Oxfam America

Host a briefing on

Climate Change: How Will Bangladesh Tackle the Crisis?

Date: May 4, 2009
Venue: 1301 K Street NW, Suite 500 East Tower , Washington , DC 20005

Saleemul Huq, Senior Fellow, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
Lisa Friedman, Deputy Editor, ClimateWire and author of the New York Times series on climate
change and Bangladesh
Special guest: H.E. Humayun Kabir, Ambassador of Bangladesh to the United States
With Opening Remarks by Oxfam America , Action Aid and USBAC

Bangladesh is one of the countries most vulnerable to climate change. Some studies warn that
about 33 million people could lose their land by midcentury. This poses a significant challenge to
this Least Developed Country of 152 million people, where about half the population lives below
the poverty line. Without programs to address the impact of climate change, Bangladesh is prone
to increasing hunger and conflict. Domestic and international assistance programs must focus on
adaptation efforts in Bangladesh . This program will bring experts from Bangladesh and the
United States together to discuss ways in which the Bangladeshi people can address this
significant challenge with the international community as a partner.           


February 25, 2009
The U.S. - BANGLADESH ADVISORY COUNCIL hosts a Congressional briefing on

The New U.S. “Smart Power”: Trade with the Muslim World

Hosted in conjunction with
Congressman Joseph Crowley,
Co-founder and Chair, Congressional Bangladesh Caucus

Featured remarks by:

Congressman Joseph Crowley (D-NY)
Edward Gresser, Director, Trade and Global Markets, Progressive Policy Institute
Kim Elliott, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development
Shamarukh Mohiuddin, Executive Director, U.S. Bangladesh Advisory Council

Date: February 25, 2009
Venue: 2200 Rayburn House Office Building


January 28, 2009
U.S. Bangladesh Advisory Council and
Johns Hopkins University, SAIS – South Asia Studies

"The Bangladesh Elections and Beyond: Democracy, Security and Development"

Date: January 28th, 2009
Venue: Nitze Building, Kenney Auditorium, 1740 Massachusetts Ave NW

Featured panelists:

Joshua T. White: 2009 election observer, PhD candidate, SAIS
Sajeeb Wazed: Advisor to Prime Minister and Awami League Chief, Sheikh Hasina
Dr. Imtiaz Habib: Board Member, U.S. Bangladesh Advisory Council (USBAC)
Peter M. Manikas: Senior Associate, Regional Director for Asia, National Democratic Institute (NDI)
Special Guest:  H.E. Humayun Kabir, Ambassador of Bangladesh to the United States

Following the recent, historic elections in Bangladesh , all eyes on South Asia now focus on the
future of its democratically elected regime led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. While the
elections, with a record seventy percent turnout, were the most free and fair in the nation’s
history, questions have been raised on future prospects of democracy, security, and development
in Bangladesh . We will be joined by leading experts as they discuss these questions and provide
their commentary on Bangladesh’s future.


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