CIMMYT Bangladesh held an opening ceremony for their new visitors’ office at the Regional Wheat Center at the Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI) on 08 January 2008. Harun-or-Rashid, Director General of BARI, formally inaugurated the office, and Abu Sufian, Director of Research at BARI, attended the ceremony as a special guest.
The visitors’ office will serve as a work space for visiting scientists and international collaborators. Other visitors to CIMMYT Bangladesh will still be received at the office in Banani, Dhaka. The new visitors’ office is located at BARI-Gazipur and will house various documents, books, and publications. The building where the new office is located was built with money from CIMMYT and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and was given to BARI in 1984.
Long-time CIMMYT collaborator ABS Hossain, consultant and in-country coordinator for the Australian Center for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), and Enamul Haque, Senior Program Manager for CIMMYT Bangladesh, will be working in the new office space.
Md. Saifuzzaman, Principal Scientific Officer for the Wheat Research Center (WRC) at BARI, presided as chair of the opening ceremony. Directors, division heads, WRC scientists, the IRRI liaison scientist, and CIMMYT staff also attended the opening ceremony.