Digitalisation synonymous with local ICT’s success

28 Feb 2020 12:30 PM
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Bangladesh’s digitalisation will not be possible if local companies usually do not flourish and the foundation SoftExpo’s method of showcasing industry skills plays an excellent role in motivating companies and reaching out to targets, said Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi yesterday. 

Addressing the closing of a four-day BASIS SoftExpo, he expected the foundation never to only uphold but also strengthen the private and public sector software and services industries.

The federal government is organising training programmes on an enormous scale through which about six lakh manpower have already been put into the industry, he said.

“There are about 10 lakh youths related with the country’s ICT sector and by 2021, total employment in ICT related professions will hit 20 lakh,” said State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak.

Enough time has come for Bangladesh to compete in the global market and using the latest technologies, Bangladeshi ICT companies will achieve excellence in the sector, he added.

Palak also urged local banks and financial institutions to use locally developed software since it would ultimately help the marketplace because of their products to grow.

It was an ideal opportunity for local software and IT companies to show their depth and strength of their capacities before international buyers, said BASIS President Syed Almas Kabir.

The SoftExpo also centered on creating more collaborative relationships between ICT companies at national and international levels. Trade delegations from numerous countries were invited to see the immense potential of Bangladesh’s ICT industry, he added.

The country’s biggest ICT product exposition showcased functions of Bangladesh’s software industry.

About 300 companies displayed their various products and innovations at the function, that your Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS) has touted as the largest software related expositing in Asia of 2020.

A great number of international buyers from Sweden, Japan and holland took part in business-to-business meetings during the event, which helped a few organizations secure contracts.

Around three lakh visitors found go through the local innovations and developments featured at the Dutch-Bangla Bank sponsored exposition at the capital’s International Convention City Bashundhara. Interested students could actually submit their cv for possible employment.

There were about 30 seminars and sessions held with over 100 national and international speakers sharing their applying for grants the industry. Current and former BASIS officials were present.