Final Cancellation of Social Business Day 2016
With a heavy heart, I had written to you at the beginning of this month about the postponement/cancellation of our most awaited event of the year, Social Business Day 2016, in the backdrop of terrible terrorist attack that took place in Bangladesh. At that time we were keeping our door slightly open to see if there was a way to reschedule the event at a later date. We have now assessed the situation carefully and we would like to announce finally that there is no possibility to hold Social Business Day (SBD) 2016 any time this year. The situation prevailing in Bangladesh right now does not give us hope to reschedule it during this year. We therefore now finally announce the cancellation of SBD 2016 for circumstances that are beyond our control.
However, you will be happy to know that our Social Business construction company has kept its promise and has completed the construction of the Social Business Convention Centre right on time, and is ready to hold the SBD right on date. It is short of a miracle to be able to build a 2000-capacity world class convention centre in just eight months. We are sorry that we are unable to welcome you to this magnificent convention centre this year, but very much look forward to do that next year. Please hold your breath!
We take this opportunity to announce the date of our next SBD, Social Business Day 2017. This will be held on June 28-29, 2017. We will also hold the Pre-Meeting of Social Business Academia Conference on June 30, 2017. Please block these dates in your calendar for next year. Please bring even more friends than you planned for this year. We would like to celebrate Social Business Day with twice as much energy as planned for this year. Let us prepare for large Country Forums from each country. Let us prepare the content to report on the activities that we have undertaken in each country during the period preceding Social Business Day 2017, and present well-prepared two year Action Plan for 2017-2019.
We will start the registration process for Social Business Day 2017 at the beginning of next year. Please make sure you register early, so that we can plan well for SBD 2017.
We are sending out a letter inviting you to keep your SBD 2016 registration fee with us for SBD 2017 as an early registration fee or to let us know whether you would rather get the fee returned. You will receive a separate mail from Lamiya Morshed, Executive Director, Yunus Centre, detailing out the procedure. I hope that it will all go smoothly.
I am looking forward to seeing you in Social Business Day 2017 to share all the exciting things in social business you have done in the mean time. Keep in touch.
Wishing you all the best.
Zirabo, Dhaka, Bangladesh
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