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Sunamganj 3 constituency: State Minister for Finance and Planning MA Mannan

  • Published at 07:01 pm November 27th, 2018
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Dhaka Tribune

The member of parliament is an Awami League politician

Muhammad Abdul Mannan, also known as MA Mannan, has been nominated by Awami League to contest the upcoming 11th parliamentary election for Sunamganj 3.

State Minister for Finance and Planning MA Mannan was born in Dungria village of South Sunamganj upazila in 1946. He obtained his primary education at his village school and completed his O' Level at PAF Public School Sargodha in Pakistan.

MA Mannan graduated from Dhaka University, completed his post graduate studies at Manchester University, and obtained a Certificate in Management diploma from the Free University of Brussels in Belgium.

After graduating from Dhaka University, MA Mannan joined the former CSP cadre in 1974, and served the government in several positions—in office and as a deputy commissioner of Kishoreganj, Mymensingh, and Chittagong.

He became Director (Political) at the Prime Minister's Office and Director General of NGO Affairs Bureau. He also served as the Economic Minister in Bangladesh’s Permanent Mission in Geneva.

The state minister retired as the chairman of the Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC) in 2003. In 2005, he joined the Bangladesh Awami League and returned to his position as a Member of Parliament on Awami League's ticket in 2008.

In the 9th Parliament, he served as the Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee of Public Accounts. He also served as a Member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee of the Ministry of Public Administration, Ministry of Finance, and Ministry Defense—in which he represented  the prime minister.

In 2010 and 2013, he was elected a member of Awami league’s central executive committee.

MA Mannan is married to Zolekha Mannan, a women's college professor in Dhaka. Their daughter, Sara, is a doctor – she settled in the United States with her husband – and their son, Sadat, is a managing director of Barclays Capital (Bank) in the UK—he resides in London.

After returning as a lawmaker for the second time, he was appointed State Minister of Finance in Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's new cabinet on January 12, 2014.

From 1974 to 2003, he served as the director general of Bangladesh Television; deputy commissioner, joint secretary, director general at the Prime Minister's Office; economic minster of Bangladesh’s Permanent Mission in Geneva, additional secretary of the Election Commission, chairman of the BSCIC, and in various important positions of the state.

In 2003, he joined Awami League politics after retiring from government jobs. From his student days, he dreamed of an independent and sovereign Bangladesh. He has deep trust and faith in the ideals of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.