M. A. Hashem made his modest beginning in the tobacco trading business in 1959. In the early seventies, he established M/S. Hashem Corporation (Pvt.) Ltd. with its headquarters in the port-city of Chittagong. The missionary zeal and unflinching commitment of quality and services elevated the group to newer heights. At the time when the newly independent country needed almost everything, he got involved in the import of iron, steel, cement, sugar, rice, spices, wheat, salt, milk and other essential commodities. He did not stop there, but decided that in order to make the country self-reliant, he would have to substitute imported products by manufacturing them locally. This led to the the birth of Partex Group and year after year several units, both manufacturing and service orientated, kept beeing adding to it.
The towering heights reached by the group have been possible due to M. A. Hashem’s market-friendly corporate strategy, coupled with a modern management set-up optimized on the initiative and imagination of the personnel.
He is truly a self-made man. Guided by his visionary’s dream, backed by an inexhaustible repository of efforts, Partex Group has emerged as one of the largest corporate bodies of the country.
M. A. Hashem is also one of the poineers of the birth and growth of private banks and insurance companies in Bangladesh. He founded two of the largest private banks in Bangladesh - The City Bank Limited and UCBL. He also founded Janata insurance Ltd.
M. A. Hashem has also served as Member of Parliament in the previous government. He was elected from his home town Noakhali.
In addition to the above M. A Hashem is also a philanthropist . In his hometown Noakhali he has a school and a hospital under his name, both of which are non-profit organizations.