Bashundhara Group

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Bashundhara Group
Native name
বসুন্ধরা গ্রুপ
Company typePrivate
IndustryReal estate, manufacturing
Founded1987; 37 years ago (1987)
FounderAhmed Akbar Sobhan
HeadquartersPushpanjali, Bashundhara Convention Center Road,
Key people
Sayem Sobhan Anvir Managing Director
ProductsCement, tissue, media, LPG, paper, real estate, shopping mall, steel, food & beverage, shipping, sports
OwnerAhmed Akbar Sobhan & family
Number of employees

Bashundhara Group[1] (Bengali: বসুন্ধরা গ্রুপ) is a Bangladeshi conglomerate[2] and one of the largest manufacturing companies in Bangladesh. It was incorporated in 1987[3] as a real estate company under the name East West Property Development Ltd (EWPD). After its first project turned out to be successful, the company grew quickly. It presently owns more than 50 major concerns located throughout Bangladesh. The company's import-export turnover was $1.12 billion or BDT 111.38 billion in the 2022-23 fiscal year.[4] In the 2018 fiscal year, the company's real estate holdings amounted to BDT 50,000 crores, or $4.6 billion.[5]


Bashundhara Group (Ahmed Akbar Sobhan, is the founder and chairman of Bashundhara Group.[6]) began in 1987 as real estate venture. After its first successful project, Bashundhara invested in new fields, including manufacturing, industry and trading. More enterprises were established in the early 1990s; these included cement, paper, pulp, tissue paper and steel production, as well as LP Gas bottling and distribution. Bashundhara received permission from Bangladesh Economic Zones Authority to set up two specialized economic zones in Keraniganj, Dhaka, Bangladesh.[7]


  • In 2013, Bashundhara invested $181 million in the food sector, producing a wide range of products including flour, wheat, red meat, etc.[8]
  • In 2020, Bashundhara invested $143.7 million to build the largest bitumen plant in Bangladesh. This factory was intended to aid the country in becoming self-sufficient in bitumen production.[9]
  • In 2020, Bashundhara got involved in the coal trading market, with a notable example of supply 8 million tonnes of coal to the Rampal coal-fired power plant.[10]
  • In 2021, Bashundhara invested $909 million to create an oil refinery on 220 acres of land in the Sitakunda upazilla of the country's port city of Chattogram.[11]
  • In 2022, Bashundhara invested $546 million into creating Bangladesh's first gold refinery on 470 acres of land near the Dhaka-Purbachal highway [12]
  • In 2022, Bashundhara Multi-Steel Industries invested $395 million for phase-1 of a steel manufacturing plant at Bashundhara Industrial Economic Zone at Bangabandhu Shilpa Nagar in Chattogram. The phase-2 investment of $727 million will be initiated in 2025, bringing the company's annual steel production to 3 million tonnes.[13]
  • In 2022, ABG Limited, a concern of Bashundhara group signed an agreement with the Chittagong Stock Exchange to acquire 25% of its shares for BDT 240 crore in line with the country's demutualisation act.[14]
  • In 2023, Bashundhara Telecommunications Limited submitted a proposal to the Post and Telecommunications division of the country to become a strategic investor of the struggling state owned carrier TeleTalk. The proposal outlines a plan to develop the network, enhance customer service and upgrade the systems of TeleTalk, which has made losses in all but the first two years of its 19-year-existence.[15]


Bashundhara Group now operates over 50 concerns:

  1. East West Property Development (Pvt) Limited[16]
  2. Meghna Cement Mills Limited[17]
  3. Bashundhara Shipping Lines Limited[18]
  4. Bashundhara Shipping Limited
  5. Bashundhara Logistics Limited[19]
  6. Bashundhara Horticulture Limited[18]
  7. Bashundhara Chemical Industries Limited[18]
  8. Bashundhara Trading Company Limited[18]
  9. Bashundhara International Trade Center Limited[18]
  10. Bashundhara Multi Trading Limited
  11. Bashundhara General Trading LLC Dubai
  12. Bashundhara Employment Services[20]
  13. Bashundhara Electricity Limited[18]
  14. Bashundhara Infrastructure Development Limited[18]
  15. Bashundhara Import Export Limited[18]
  16. Bashundhara Agricultural Products Limited[18]
  17. Bashundhara Multi Agricultural Company Limited[18]
  18. Bashundhara Multi Paper Industries Limited[18]
  19. Bashundhara Amusement Park Limited[18]
  20. Bashundhara Oil and Gas Company Limited[18]
  21. Bashundhara Multipurpose Port Limited[18]
  22. Bashundhara Textile Mills Limited[18]
  23. Bashundhara Airways Limited[18]
  24. Bashundhara Multi Food Products Limited[18]
  25. Bashundhara Technologies Limited[18]
  26. Bashundhara Paper Mills Limited[21]
  27. Bashundhara Fine Paper Limited[22]
  28. Bashundhara Pulp & Board Mills Limited[22]
  29. Bashundhara LP Gas Limited[23]
  30. Bashundhara City Development Limited[24]
  31. Bashundhara Steel Complex Limited[25]
  32. Bashundhara Industrial Complex Limited[26]
  33. Bashundhara Steel And Engineering Limited[27]
  34. Bashundhara Multi Steel Industries[28]
  35. Bashundhara Foundation[29]
  36. Bashundhara Convention Center[30]
  37. Bashundhara Dredging Company Limited[31]
  38. Bashundhara Technical Institute[32]
  39. Bashundhara Telecommunications Network Limited[33]
  40. Bashundhara Food and Beverage Industries Limited[34]
  41. Sundarban Industrial Complex Limited[35]
  42. Bashundhara Cement Industries Limited[36]
  43. Bashundra Toiletries Limited[37]
  44. Bashundhara Pre-Fabricated Building Manufacturing Industries[28]
  45. Dhaka Multi Agricultural Complex Limited
  46. Sea Real Estate Developers Limited
  47. East West Media Group[38]
  48. Bashundhara Kings
  49. Rangpur Riders
  50. Kebab Turki Baba Rafi (Bangladesh)
  51. Toggi Services Limited[39]
  52. T Sports
  53. Bir Cement Limited[40]

Bashundhara City[edit]

Bashundhara City (Bengali: বসুন্ধরা সিটি) is the second-largest shopping mall of Bangladesh. Construction of the shopping mall began in 1998; Mohammad Foyes Ullah and Mustapha Khalid Palash of Vistara designed the building. Opened to the public on 6 August 2004,[41] the mall is located at Panthapath, near Karwan Bazar, in Dhaka city and cost over $100 million to complete. Bashundhara City is 21 stories tall, of which 8 are used for the mall, which houses hundreds of Bangladeshi fashion houses and jewelry shops, as well as around 100 food outlets which sell foods like French fries, burgers, fried chicken, etc.[42]

Despite going through literal fire twice since its existence, this second-largest shopping mall of Bangladesh stands high at the heart of the city. The first incident took place in 13th March 2009 where 7 people were perished and 20 others were injured. However, the second incident in 2016 did not have any casualties.[43]

Bashundhara Residential Area[edit]

Media house[edit]

Bashundhara Group is expanding its business in various sectors started from real estate sector to steel industry. In 2009, they started a new enterprise, East West Media Group Ltd. It now owns four big media houses of Bangladesh; namely, two television channel, one FM radio station, one online newspaper and three other print media publications. Kaler Kantho and The Daily Bangladesh Pratidin are its Bengali national daily newspapers.[44] The English newspaper is owns named Daily Sun.;[45] The online newspaper is owns named (Bengali, English);.[46] News24, T-Sports is the Television channel of EWMG whereas Radio Capital is its only FM radio station.

See also[edit]


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