Sheraton Dhaka, October 4, 2023 – On October 4, 2023, Chevron Bangladesh and Swisscontact Bangladesh entered a transformative partnership to officially launch the SMILE - Sustainable and Meaningful Intervention for Livelihood Enrichment project. This five-year initiative is a joint mission to bring about profound changes in the lives of individuals residing in targeted regions encompassing Sylhet, Habiganj, Moulavibazar, Sunamganj, and Dhaka.
The SMILE project is meticulously designed to address critical facets of education, community health & welfare, biodiversity, and environmental sustainability through effective partnerships and innovation.
Mr. Eric M. Walker, President and Managing Director at Chevron Bangladesh attended the event as the chief guest and shared his perspective where he reaffirmed Chevron Bangladesh's dedication to not only conducting business but also creating a positive impact within the communities it serves. Mr. Walker expressed enthusiasm about collaborating with Swisscontact and their joint mission to create a brighter and more sustainable future for Bangladesh.
Mr. Mujibul Hasan, Country Director of Swisscontact Bangladesh welcomed everyone and placed his opening remarks. During his address, Mr. Hasan underscored the significance of public-private partnerships in solving the world's development challenges sustainably.
Other speakers at this event included Mr. Makbul Hossain, the Team Leader of the SMILE project, who provided the audience with a comprehensive overview of the project; Mr. Khondoker Tusherujjaman, Manager of Community Engagement and Social Investment at Chevron Bangladesh, who presented the past achievement of Chevron Bangladesh Bangladesh’s social investment and the overall objectives and potential impact of this strategic partnership; and Mr. Muhammad Imrul Kabir, Director of Corporate Affairs at Chevron Bangladesh, delivered an insightful address outlining the path ahead and the shared vision for the partnership. Esteemed guests from Chevron Bangladesh and Swisscontact Bangladesh joined in to witness this symbolic moment.
The ceremony marked a profound milestone, as Mr. Eric and Mr. Mujibul officially signed and exchanged the contracts. This event signifies a resolute commitment and partnership between Chevron Bangladesh and Swisscontact Bangladesh to uplift lives, empower communities, and forge a more sustainable and prosperous future for all.