Fatima Yasmin made finance secretary

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Desk report, June 17: Economic Relations Division’s (ERD) Secretary Fatima Yasmin has been appointed as the new secretary of the Finance Ministry.

The public Administration Ministry on Thursday issued a notification in this regard.

Her appointment as finance secretary will come into effect from July 11, said the notification.

Fatima Yasmin, a career civil servant, joined the Economic Relations Division (ERD), Ministry of Finance as Secretary on 23 February 2020. She is the first female Secretary of ERD.

Prior to this position, she was Vice-Chairman, Export Promotion Bureau (EPB), Ministry of Commerce, and Director General, Institute of Public Finance (IPF), Ministry of Finance.

Yasmin joined the Bangladesh Civil Service in 1991. She worked for various ministries including the Finance Division and Economic Relations Division of the Ministry of Finance; and the Ministries of Agriculture, Women and Children Affairs, and Defense.

She also worked for ERD for a substantial period with the World Bank, United Nations, Asian Development Bank, and Islamic Development Bank. Outside government, she worked for Asian Development Bank, European Union, and the UN’s International Jute Organization.

Yasmin obtained her Masters in Business Administration from the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), University of Dhaka. She did Masters in Development Economics from Australian National University (ANU), Australia.

She was a Hubert H. Humphrey Public Policy Fellow of the US State Department at the Rutgers University, USA. Moreover, she has successfully completed Executive Program on Leading Successful Programs from John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.