Afzal Ahmed is the Convener of the Convention of the
Federation of Bangladeshi Associations of North America (FOBANA). On the eve of
the Annual Convention of FOBANA, Afzal Ahmed expresses satisfaction over the
preparation of this giant convention bringing together people of Bangladeshi
origin from all over North America.
In an exclusive interview with VOA Bangla Service, Mr. Ahmed says that this
year's FOBANA Convention is special because of its main theme – the Liberation
War of Bangladesh. Not only will the pioneers of the Liberation War will be
specially honored, but also many Liberation Warriors among the expatriates in
North America will be in attendance.
He says that there will be programs for the younger
generation such as a Talent Search so that new talents could be found in various
cultural fields. Another major attraction at the Convention would be the Business
Forum which is aimed at attracting American investors to Bangladesh.
Mr. Ahmed says that he hopes this convention will open
a new avenue for the Bangladeshis in North America as well as Bangladesh itself,
which will optimally lead to the development of a country with such a rich
history and heritage.