I cannot accept Kazemi bhai's departure in this way. Even when I was talking to Bhabi, Kazemi's wife, today in the afternoon, I came to know he was taken to an intensive care unit and he could still talk. However, he left us all a little after 5pm.
He was not only a good human being and skilled central banker, but was also an institution. The depth of his multidimensional knowledge is unknown to many. The passing of Allah Malik Kazemi – a moving encyclopedia on central banking and financial affairs – at this time, has created a vacuum that will never be filled.
It cannot be described how much his prudent advice was necessary for the Bangladesh Bank, especially in this difficult time of recovering our economy from the novel coronavirus crisis. I cannot express in words how much I am personally and professionally indebted to him.
He was my best friend and guardian. He was my soul mate. It would never have been possible for me to carry the inclusive and sustainable financing strategy forward without his advice. There was no limit to his knowledge on foreign exchange. In my opinion, there has been no central banker, in the history of Bangladesh, as skilled and as wise as him. Following the ideals of his personal and professional life will be the best way to pay tribute to him.
I wish peace to his departed soul. And, I extend my condolences to his bereaved family members and colleagues at the Bangladesh Bank.