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The celebrated career of Ahmed Farid

  • Published at 01:12 am April 20th, 2019
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He served as the Bangladesh Ambassador to UAE in 1989-93, and Permanent Secretary at the Ministries of Jute, Planning, and Science and Technology between 1985 and 1989

Ahmed Farid, former diplomat and a career bureaucrat, passed away peacefully on April 11 in Dhaka.

He was buried at his ancestral home in Chunati village, under Lohagharaupazilla in Chittagong, as per his wishes.

Farid’s elaborate career in public service began in 1959, when he joined the Civil Service of Pakistan. He discharged his duty as a public servant throughout the 1971 Liberation War, and continued to do soas a cadre of Bangladesh Civil Service after the independence.

In his career, Farid took up many different roles in the government.  Farid participated in a number of high level multi-lateral negotiations, seminars and conferences and represented Bangladesh throughout his 38 yearcareer. 

He served as the Bangladesh Ambassador to UAE in 1989-93, and Permanent Secretary at the Ministries of Jute, Planning, and Science and Technology between 1985 and 1989.

He also served as the Chairman of Bangladesh Tea Board in 1983-84. The tea industry went through a rapid revitalization programme under his impetus.

In 1970-71, he served as the Deputy Commissioner of Dhaka City and was one of the few Bengali administrators who kept the city running during the Liberation War.

Farid took at active role in the Bengali Language movement in Chittagong and in 2005 was awarded the “MatriBaashaPadak.”

Besides serving in the government, Farid was also the seconded to the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) from 1975-83 in Bangkok.

After retirement, Farid served as the Chairman of Dhaka WASA in 1996-97.

He was also the founder of Chunati Educational Trust and the academic think tank Renaissance Foundation. 

He also published three papers on Islam and Muslim ummah.