Ambassador Mohd. Mohsin

Mohammed Mohsin was born in a respectable Muslim family of Comilla District in Bangladesh on 1st February 1933. He passed his Matriculation Examination in 1947 & secured First Division under the University of Calcutta. He graduated from the Comilla Victoria College in 1951. He obtained his Master’s Degree in International Relations from the University of Dhaka (1952-53). Thereafter he joined the London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE), University of London (1954-56) & further pursued his Post Graduate studies in International Studies.

2. On passing out from the LSE, he joined the erstwhile Pakistan Customs Service in 1956, after qualifying in the then Competitive Central Superior Service (CSS) Examination from London. Shortly within 5/6 years of serving in the Customs Department, he was inducted into a Specialized Cadre of Officers, called “Economic Pool”, consisting of Officers both from the Civil Service & the Finance Services of the erstwhile Govt. Since then, he served in various capacities under the Ministries of Commerce & Foreign Affairs at home & abroad.

3. In early years of Bangladesh, he served as the first Deputy Managing Director of the Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB) in 1972, when the entire sectors of commerce & industry were nationalized. Later, he served as the Foreign Secretary to the Govt. in late 1980s as well as the Countries Ambassadors in Europe, Africa & West Asia including Saudi Arabia, UAE, Oman, Bahrain, Jordan, Yemen, Somalia, Niger, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, & also as the Country’s Representative to the EEC (noe EU) in Brussels (1973-77 & 1985-88), the OIC & its Specialized Agencies including the IDB in Jeddah (1981-85). Earlier he dealt with the various UN Specialized Agencies in Geneva, especially the UNCTAD & GATT (now WTO) during 1968-71 etc. In 1989 he was elected as Asst./Deputy Secretary General of the OIC, a 57-nation Organization in Jeddah & served for 8 years (on being elected for 2 terms) from 1989 till 1997. During the early years of Bangladesh, he played a key role in securing recognition of Bangladesh as well his Membership both in GATT, UNCTAD as well as WHO in 1972-1973, i.e. well before Bangladesh was inducted formally as a full UN Member in late 1975. He again played a key role in UNCTAD / ECOSOC forums in securing Bangladesh included in the LDC list in mid-1975.

4. While serving with OIC, one of his significant successes was that, he successfully brokered a historic Peace Agreement, between the Govt. of the Philippines (GRP) & the Moro Muslim Rebels (MNLF) of Mindanao region that was formally signed in Sept. 1996. In recognition of his historic role, the Filipino Govt. conferred upon him their highest Presidential Civil Award (Order of Sikatuna) in 2004, for ushering in a long-awaited process of Peace & Development in the Muslim populated South Philippines.

5. His other efforts for conflict resolutions were in Afghanistan, Somalia, Nagorno-karabach, Bosnia Palestine, etc. as well as in the Chittagong Hill Tracts in Bangladesh (in late 1980s). He was also a recipient of a Civil Award (called Order of TPK) in erstwhile Pakistan in late 1960s for his outstanding contribution in economic / commercial development of the time, & especially for reopening the historic Silk Route between China and Pakistan through the Karakoram Mountain.

6. Currently, he is a Trustee of a Private University namely University of Asia Pacific. Earlier on return home in mid-1990s, he served as a Member of a high level “Group of Eminent Persons (GEP)” that was setup by the SAARC Summit, with a mandate to develop a vision of the SAARC for the years 2020 & beyond. He is actively associated with several educational, research & humanitarian Institutions like Anjumane as well as various Civil Society activities, Dialogue Concerning Islam and the West, children & women, Regional Cooperation, Human rights, etc.