Report on SME Banking of Brac Bank (Part-2)
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Management of Brac Bank:

The board of directors is the top management and policy making body of BRAC Bank LTD. Presently the board of directors consists of a chairman and five directors. It is to be noted the managing director, is also a member of the board. The directors are appointed from amongst those who have experiences and shown capacity in the field of finance and banking, trade, commerce, industry etc. The chief executive officer (CEO)executes all the activities under the direction of the board. The officer and the other line and staff personnel are appointed by the bank’s own recruitment committee.

Table2.1 Name of the Directors

Muhammad A (Rumee) AliChairman
Quazi Mohammad Shariful AlaDirector(nominated by BRAC)
Nihad KabirIndependent & Depositor Director
Tamara Hasan AbedDirector
Shib Narayan KairyDirector
Dr. Hafiz GA SiddiqiDepositor Director

Table2.2 Name of Management Committee

Syed Mahhubur RahmanManaging Director & CEO
Mohammad Mamdudur RasidDeputy Managing Director
Rais Uddin AhmadCompany Secretary & Head of Legal Regulatory & Internal Control
Nabil Mustafizur RahmanChief Credit Officer
Dyed Faridul IslamHead of SME Banking
Firoz Ahmed KhanHead of Retail Banking
Khwaji ShariarHead of Cash Management, Custodial Services and Probashi Banking
Mahmoodun Nabi ChowdhuryHead of Corporate Banking Division
Taniyat KarimHead of Human Resources
Shah Alam BhuiyanHead of Operations and Acting Head of Operational Risk Management
Mohammad Rahmat PashaHead of Treasury & Financial Institution
Mr. Nawed IqbalChief Technology Officer
M.Sarwar AhmedHead of Special Assets Management (SAM)-SME & Retail Banking
Zeeshan Kingshuk HuqHead of Corporate Affairs

Functional Department of BRAC Bank:

The departments of Brac Bank can be categorized into two ways are shown in following chart:


Wings of BRAC Bank Ltd:

BRAC Bank Limited consists of four major business divisions:

  1. Corporate Banking Division
  2. Retail Banking Division
  3. Small and Medium Enterprise(SME)
  4. Foreign Trade & Treasury

A.Corporate Banking Division:

BRAC Bank’s Corporate Banking team exists to provide both banking services and a financial partnership with local large and medium corporates, trading houses and joint ventures. As the financial partner of choice

for the corporate sector, BRAC Bank is distinguished by our:

  • Quality of service
  • Value of innovative solutions
  • Level of trust with our clients
  • Market knowledge

Through the team our clients have access to a wide range of financial services including:

  • Debt capital
  • Equity capital
  • Ongoing relation support
  • Financial markets

Our Objectives:

  • To provide wide range of financial services professionally, efficiently and competitively to achieve pre-eminent position in chosen market.
  • Diversify revenue stream through product innovation.
  • A Well-diversified credit portfolio, which produces a reliable and consistent return to investment.

Our values:

  • Services to our customers
  • Quality in everything we do
  • Competitiveness and a will to win
  • Growth and development of our people
  • Continuous productivity improvement
  • Professionalism and ethics in all our actions
  • Growing profit for our stakeholders

B. Retail Banking Division

Retail Division offers a wide array of lucrative and competitive banking products to the individual customers of the bank. It also offers different types of term deposit scheme and attractive STD &Savings schemes giving interest on daily balance.

As a part of total banking solution it has introduced an innovative and one o its kind Remittance Services under the style and name “Secured & Easy Remittance Service”(SERS). The aim of the program is to introduce easy and secured remittances services whereby people will be comfortable and secured in remitting funds without hassle and delay. Using the countrywide network of BRAC comprising more than 11000 field offices the SRS will ensure secured and only 24 hour lead time delivery of remittances anywhere in Bangladesh.

C. Small and Medium Enterprise (SME): SME is an additional and specialized horizon of the bank which serves the bank’s special focus on promoting broad based participation by catering to the small and medium entrepreneur. The network of SME has already been established through the Bangladesh.

The SME market in Bangladesh is large. BRAC Bank is absolute market leader in the number of loans given to small & medium enterprises throughout Bangladesh. The Bank disbursed almost BDT 144467 million since inception till 2010, of which disbursed BDT .32549 million in 2010.

D. Foreign Trade & Treasury Division:

Treasury Division is one of the major divisions of BRAC Bank . It deals with money market. All treasury related products are processed in conformity with the Bank’s Operational, Trading, and Money market, Term placing, Deal settlement, Commercial positioning keeping, Treasury, Credit, Finance & other applicable policies.

Treasury Operations calculates investment figure, prepares the auction application, forwards the application to Bangladesh Bank for Bid and Treasury Operations maintains and reconciles all accounts with foreign and local banks.

Major Responsibilities:

It deals with Money Market

It deals with Foreign Exchanged Department

BRAC Bank is gradually growing up to establish itself in the Banking arena of Bangladesh to be market leader in terms of service quality and a trusted partner in the development of Bangladesh.

3.1 Definition of SME

SME stands for Small and Medium Enterprise. The “Policy Strategies for Development of Small & Medium Enterprises (SME) 2005” published by SME Cell of the Ministry of Industries categorizes Small and Medium Enterprises using the following definitions:

a. Manufacturing enterprise

Small Enterprise: an enterprise should be treated as small if, in current market prices, the replacement cost of plant, machinery and other parts/components, fixtures, support utility,  and associated technical services by way of capitalized costs (of turn-key consultancy services, for example), etc. excluding land and building, were to be up to Tk. 15 million.

Medium eEnterprise: an enterprise should be treated as medium if, in current market prices, the replacement cost of plant, machinery and other parts/components, fixtures, support utility, and associated technical services ( such as turn-key consultancy), etc. excluding land and building, were to be up to Tk.100 million.

b.Non-Manufacturing activities (such as trading or other services).

Small enterprise: an enterprise should be treated as small if it has less than 25workers, in full-time equivalents;

Medium enterprise: an enterprise should be treated as medium fi it has between 25 and 100 employees.

3.2 SME History of BRAC Bank Ltd:

He wants to see poverty banished forever.  This has been his single-minded pursuit in life. Ever since a devastating cycle wreaked havoc on the lives of the people and property in the coastal regions of pre-independence Bangladesh 1970, everything changed for a young chartered accountant. The young man was so moved by the death and destruction that he, along with some friends, dedicated to set up HELP to carry out relief and rehabilitation efforts. Later after the independence of Bangladesh the young man sold his flat in London and decided to set up a relief and rehabilitation center in the war ravaged Bangladesh. He never looked back.

He is Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, the founder and chairperson of BRAC, the world’s largest NGO, arguably in terms of size and operation. BRAC has been working relentlessly to realize the hidden potential of mankind, especially the ones who are most deprived of opportunities.

It is this same vision that motivated him to come up with a bank that could realize the untapped potentials of this country.  Traditionally banking in Bangladesh has mainly addressed the mid to large sized businesses or the professionals. When Sir Fazle Hasan Abed established BRAC Bank he did it with the goal to serve the highly motivated group of entrepreneurs who wanted to break out of the vicious cycle of poverty and take control of their own future. We call them the “Missing Middle”. His long cherished dream of availing quality finance services to these small to medium businesses finally come to reality. BRAC Bank proud to be the pioneering and largest SME bank in Bangladesh, discharging over 10,000 core taka in SME loan and helping fulfillment of more than 256,000 dreams that change hundreds and thousands of lives every day.

SME banking division of BRAC Bank Limited has successfully made a mark in creating platform for small and medium entrepreneurs in “Access to Finance”, the key to the prime obstacle towards growth of SMEs. Since inception BRAC Bank upholds the motto to finance the “Missing Middle” the underserved market segment of SMEs. Years of market knowledge and understanding, committed resources, countrywide coverage and well aligned strategies have made the bank an expert in SME financing and the bank has successfully developed an examined and successfully model in SME financing in Bangladesh.

The strengths of BRAC Bank’s SME Banking Division behind the success of growth are as follows:

  • Dynamic human resource
  • Country distribution network and coverage
  • Continuous development in creating innovative products
  • Unique loan approval process and monitoring
  • Robust risk management system

The bank has incorporated double bottom line approach in its operation –

1)  Making profit by mobilizing fund from urban to rural areas.

2)  Performing social responsibility by creating an entrepreneurial class.

Along with Small & Medium Enterprise financing, SME banking division is also actively working in creating awareness and imparting knowledge to SMEs about financial record keeping, dealing with modern banks and industry best practices in SME operation. In an attempt to ensure customer awareness and to strengthen the relationship with customers, SME banking division arranged informative campaigns and road shows for SMEs located across the country.

3.2  Importance of SME

The main focus of BRAC Bank is to develop human and economic position of a country. Its function is not limited only to providing and recovering of loan but also try to develop the economy of a country.

So reasons for this program from the viewpoint of BBL:


3.2.1 Support Small Enterprise

The small enterprise, which requires BDT 2 to 30 lacks loan, but they have no easy access to the banks/financial institutions. For example: In case of Anonno loan, an amount of 3 to 8 lacks is provided without any kind of mortgage.

3.2.2 Economic Development

Economic development of a country largely depends on the small and medium seal enterprises. Such as, if we analyze the development history of Japan, the development of small & medium scale enterprises expedite the development of that country.

3.2.3 Employment Generation

The bank gearing employment opportunities by two ways: Firstly, by providing loan to the small enterprises expanding, these businesses require more workers. Secondly, Small & Medium Enterprise (SME) program requires educated and energetic people to provide support to entrepreneurs.

3.2.4 Profit Making

SME program is a new dimensional banking system in the banking world. Most of the CROs are providing door-to-door services to the entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs are satisfied by the service of the bank and make profit.

3.2.5 Encourage Manufacturing

The focus of BRAC Bank is to encourage manufacturing by the entrepreneurs who produce by purchasing various types of materials. CRO try to educate them to produce material if possible because if they can produce in line of purchase profits will be high.

3.2.6 Spread the Experience

Another reason of BRAC Bank is to spread the knowledge on the importance of SME banking regarding various businesses. The customer services officer share their knowledge from various businesses and tries to help the entrepreneurs who have shortage of the gathered knowledge. CRO’s who are the driving force of SME division of BRAC Bank also gather knowledge about various businesses and make stronger knowledge base.

3.3 SME Products

BRAC Bank, being the youngest bank, took a step to break away from usual tradition and tapped into the true suburb entrepreneurial initiatives.

Today, with over 10,000 cores of loans disbursed till date, BRAC Bank is country’s largest SME financier that has made more than 265,000 dreams come true!

If you have a dream on which you trust, let us make it true together.

Loan productsDeposit Products
Annono RinApurbo RinAroggo Rin

Digoon Rin

Prothoma Rin

Trade plus

Business Equity Loan

Proshaer Rin

Business Loan

Supplier Finance

Prapti Current Account

3.3.1 Anonno Rin

This is a small scale loan designed to finance small scale trading, manufacturing and service ventures, especially to aid the purchase of fixed assets and to finance working capital.


  • Entrepreneurs aged between 18 to 60 years
    • Entrepreneurs with minimum 2 years experience in the same line of business
    •   A business which must be a going-concern with more than 1 year in operation

Maximum Amount

  • From minimum BDT 3 lac up to maximum of BDT 8 lac


  • Loan without mortgage
  • For excellent borrowers who have paid or paying in due times, we offer discounted rates
    • Quick, quality banking throughout the country
    • Potential women entrepreneurs will also get the facilities of this loan

3.3.2 Apurbo Rin

In order to help our SME borrowers for financing working capital or to purchase fixed assets,

BRAC Bank offers APURBO. It caters to the need of entrepreneurs who are operating in trading, manufacturing, service, agriculture, non-farm activities, agro- based industries and other sectors of our economy.


  • Entrepreneurs having a minimum of 3 years of some business activities
  •   A business which must be a going concern for 3 years
  •   Age minimum 25 years and maximum up to 60 years

Maximum Amount

  • Starting from BDT 8 lac to maximum of BDT 30 lac Features
  • Without mortgage loan below 10 lac
    • Simple loan processing for expanding your business
    • Quick disbursement
    • Disbursement in one or two installment
    •   Flexible monthly repayment loan

3.3.3 Pathshala Rin

This is a loan designed to meet the needs of small and medium sized private educational institutions, such as kindergartens, schools and colleges etc.


  • A small & medium educational institute that is in operation for minimum 3 years
  • The institution should be sole proprietorship, partnership, private limited company or society
  • The educational institute must be a profit making concern

Maximum Amount

  • Minimum BDT 3 lac to maximum BDT 30 lac Features
  • Without mortgage for loan below 10 lac
  • Loan for fixed assets purchase & civil construction 9  Loan repayment can be spread up to 4 years
    •   Minimum documentation
    • Monthly repayment loan
    • Quick disbursement
    • Flexible interest rate based on security

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