Pvt. bank branches to stay open Sunday
Thursday, 25 September 2008

Agencies

Bangladesh Bank has ordered private banks to open some of their branches in Dhaka and Chittagong half day on Sunday, although the day falls on a public holiday, following the appeals of manufacturers' associations BGMEA and BKMEA.

The central bank sent a circular on the matter to the banks' chief executives on Wednesday.
 
According to the BB order, the foreign exchange branches, branches located at the Export Processing Zone, land and sea ports, and at Customs Houses in the two cities will remain open from 9am to 12pm on Sept 28.
 
Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association and Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association appealed to Bangladesh Bank to open all branches of state-owned and private commercial banks either on Saturday or Sunday for the convenience of export trade and workers' payments.
 
BKMEA in a statement urged the government to keep the main commercial branches open during the holiday season for at least for one day before Eid-ul-Fitr.
 
BGMEA also requested the government to keep banks open from Sept 27 to 30 for financial transactions and other emergencies.

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