Alim Al Razi
Chamber of Commerce & Industry-ABCCI
President, SATEX Fashion
President, SATEX Technología
This established man from Bhuapur Upazila of Tangail now lives in Argentina. He is the Founding President of Argentina Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce & Industry. Highly meritorious since boyhood, Alim Al Razi passed his SSC & HSC from Fouzdarhat Cadet College of Chittagong. Later he obtained Bachelor of Commerce and Masters of Business Studies degree from National University. Dreamer Alim Al Razi had always been a dreamer of development. In order to materialize his dreams into realities, he started travelling the whole world. While traveling, he came to Argentina from United Kingdom. There he realized that Argentina beside a beautiful and comfortable living country had ample of opportunities for trade and business. So he decided to stay there.
He took some business initiatives to stay in Argentina. Now he is the President of Statex Fashion, Statex Technologies, Satex Agricola and TA Propiedades S.A. He lives in the capital of Argentina, Buenos Aires.
Talukder Alim Al Razi was born in a respected Talukder Family of Village Ruper Boira of Ghatail Upazila of Tangail District. His grandfather was highly honored Jahabox Talukder was a renowned businessman. His father Dr. Samsul Haque Talukder was a reputed veterinary surgeon and a high official of Livestock Department of Bangladesh and his mother Rahima Khatun was a government official. Alim Al Razi studied at Bhuapur Primary School, Pilot High School and Fouzdarhat Cadet College. His wife Shamima is a successful woman entrepreneur. This successful entrepreneur businessman even living abroad gave an extensive interview to Business America which has been presented as follows.
Though he lives abroad but his heart lies with Bangladesh. He came to Argentine in 2009 with some business purposes. He realized that golden opportunities are here in Argentina. There is no diplomatic tie in between Argentina and Bangladesh. It is being done through other countries. Businessmen of the both countries realized that if we could build a trade organization then our both economy would be benefitted. So on this common concept, on January 18, 2018 during the visit of ex commerce minister of Bangladesh Mr. Tofail Ahmed in the 11th Ministerial summit of world trade organization (WTO) was first shouted about the necessity of the bilateral chamber of commerce and then during the visit of Mr. Kazi Enayet Ullah (president of World Bangladesh Organization) in a meeting formed an executive committee comprising 9 persons of both countries a total of 10 member’s entrepreneurs businessmen and formed ABCCI. The committee has a President, a vice president, a member secretary and director’s body. The committee´s general members are about 200, most of them are Argentine.
Alim Al Razi says, we cannot expect an instant result of any attempt. In this short time we are recognized by both the government authorities. We are being honored by Argentine National Congress and with our request a 20 member parliamentary friendship group is formed to strengthen the ties and trade between both nations. For the first time we participated in 45th international book fair in Buenos Aires with a view to highlight the history of our language and nation to brand Bangladesh in Argentina. Simultaneously we also attempt to search our market of printing industry here. With our initiative Argentina decides visa request of Bangladeshi Businessman in New Delhi within 24 hours as per commitment with the foreign ministry of Argentina and on other hand Bangladesh gives on arrival visa. We have taken this initiative to strengthen the existing trade relations further. Particularly, so that Bangladesh gets profit doing business here. Right now Bangladesh imports Soya bean, Maize, Poultry feed etc and Bangladesh exports Ceramic & RMG. These are being done through USA.
Initially, Alim Al Razi started RMG import, and eventually got involved with electronics, Agriculture and Properties inputs. He says, if you have valid Immigration papers then you will instantly get license from central Income tax authorities (AFIP). He did face no loneliness regarding these issues, he adds.
The rate of the educated people in Argentina is 99.9%. The total population approximately is 40 million but it has a vast land. The education is free of cost there. He believes, if diplomatic relationship is established with Argentina, Bangladeshi students can go there for higher education. He also says, our entrepreneurs might think to invest in the sector of Agriculture, truism and mining industries there.
Though there are many kind of industries but this country is primarily agrarian economy. Argentina stands second to Brazil and Canada in terms of agriculture. Soya beans, Paddy, Maize, wine, livestock, timber, lemon, vegetable, many kinds of fruits, wheat and mineral products are profusely produced here. The main obstacle to industrialization is scarcity of labor. He says, Bangladeshi skilled workers can find opportunity to come Argentina legally and work with honor. He strongly believes, Bangladeshi people are assiduous who can find a better workplace in Argentina. He thinks, the government authorities concerned also work together to improve diplomatic with Argentina.