Assam businessman Habib Mohammad Chowdhury has won the ASEAN-India Emerging Entrepreneur award in Malaysia during the ASEAN–India Conference.

To commemorate the 25th anniversary, ASEAN-India Business Council (AIBC) in collaboration with the Federation of the Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and other bodies organized the ASEAN – India BizTech Expo and Conference with the theme ‘Bridging Borders Through Business’ in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia recently where Chowdhury was honoured.

“I felt exceptionally blessed to get this honour. However, receiving this award has only made me more determined and motivated to accomplish my set goals,” said Chowdhury who was born and brought up in Assam’s Hojai.

Chowdhury who is settled in Laos is the founder chairman of HSMM Group of Companies in Laos which has emerged to be the largest Agarwood and Agar based Product’s Company in South East Asia.

Over the years the governments of ASEAN and India have taken concrete measures to strengthen economic relations, especially the establishment of the ASEAN-India Free Trade Area.

“The governments must be commended for the positive actions taken to strengthen economic ties. It is now an opportunity for the private sector through the ASEAN-AIBC to take the lead in raising the level of trade and investment flows. The AIBC has been organizing regular business activities to enhance networking between the businesses in India and ASEAN,” Chowdury added.

He said that the northeast region has plenty of opportunities in trade and commerce.

“Trilateral highway is about to complete and will open endless opportunities of trade, tourism, skill development and capacity building. We can co-operate in the field of logistics, healthcare and medical sciences, agriculture, education, tourism, aviation, food processing, IT, research and development by promoting northeast Indian SMEs to partner in ASEAN and expand their branches in the region,”Chowdhury asserted.

In 2010, Chowdhury founded the ‘Indian Chamber of Commerce in Lao PDR’ and later he was named the chairman of ASEAN-India Business Council (AIBC) Lao PDR chapter.

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