21 September 2001


VIENNA, 21 September (UN Information Service) – The new Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations (Vienna), Toufiq Ali, presented his credentials on Friday to Pino Arlacchi, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV).

Prior to his current appointment, Mr. Ali was Secretary and Additional Foreign Secretary for multilateral affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Dhaka. During 1996 and 1997 he served as Ambassador in The Hague, and between 1992 and 1995 he was Minister at the Bangladeshi Embassy in Washington. From 1988 until 1991 Mr. Ali was Director General at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Mr. Ali joined the Bangladeshi Foreign Service in 1969 as Assistant Commissioner in Chittagong, followed by a year in Bhola as Sub Divisional Officer. Between 1972 and 1974 he was Private Secretary to Law Minister, and then to Foreign Minister. During 1975 and 1976 he served as Director at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a post which he also held between 1982 and 1983. From 1977 until 1979 he was First Secretary at the Embassy in Ankara, followed by two years as First Secretary/Counsellor at the Bangladesh High Commission in Colombo.

Mr. Ali holds a B.A. degree in Economics from University of Dhaka, and both M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Economics from Boston University.

He is married, with two children.

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