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Europe Bangladesh Technology Summit 2014- to promote Bangladesh ICT sector Globally
20 Mar 2014

To further encourage and attract the European Investors & investment Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS) has organizedEurope Bangladesh Technology Summit 2014 in various European Countries from 10 March 2014 onwards. A delegation on behalf of BASIS took part in the summit from 20-21 March 2014 in Oslo, Norway.

 

The Delegation was led by Mr. Sajeeb A Wazed, ICT Adviser to the Hon'ble Prime Minister, Government of the Peoples' Republic of Bangladesh, who gave a key note speech at the summit, BASIS President Mr. ShameemAhsan, Mr. Zunaid Ahmed Palak, Hon’ble State Minister, Ministry of Posts, Telecommunications & Information and Communication Technology, Government of the Peoples' Republic of Bangladesh, M. RashidulHasan, Joint Secretary General, BASIS. Also Hans Martin HøeghHenrichsen, Telenor Group Bangladesh, Stein-Erik Moe, Accenture Norway, Martin Toftebe, Vizrt and LubabaFarinTanisha, Vizrt were among the distinguished speakers who gave their valuable words of speech.

 

Mr. Sajeeb A Wazed gave a presentation on “Bangladesh ICT Industry overview”. He also said “The “Digital Bangladesh” initiative of the present government has increased the export revenues in this sector from US $ 24 million to US $200 million in the last five years since 2007 and We believe that in the next five years the export revenues will surpass the targeted US $ 1 billion and also this initiative is helping set up infrastructure for enhanced connectivity, ICT based citizen service delivery and ICT based Education system, multiple internet connectivity. Internet connectivity has been enhanced vastly over the country. MoreoverExpatriates working in Bangladesh can repatriate 100% percent of post-tax salaries. The recent Government initiatives and incentives include already zero corporate tax facility, zero computer/hardware import duty, zero cost of capital, zero expatriate employees’ income tax and the ongoing planned High Tech Park over an area of approximately 1,346,827 sqm for the ICT industry”.

 

BASIS President said “the aim of this Summit is to further strengthen the bilateral economic & technological ties and policy advocacy between European countries and Bangladesh. Also with cooperation and support from both Government & private sector, as per the roadmap and vision BASIS is determined to extract and earn US $ 1 billion as exports within the next 5 years from Europe and the Americas. The vision to firmly accomplish Bangladesh as an IT hub worldwide is not far away with appropriate policies and I hope Bangladesh’s IT sector shall prevail as one the Leaders in the future and also believe that the 100 million youth of our country will work together to make Bangladesh not only a middle income country but a high income country in the next 15 years”. He extended his heartiest gratitude and thanks to all the co-organizers, partners and co-partners and all related to this Summit.

 

Mr. Zunaid Ahmed Palak, Hon’ble State Minister said “Government of Bangladesh has identified ICT as a key pillar and enabler for the country’s socio-economic transformation and development. The mandate of the Ministry is to provide strategic and technical leadership, overall coordination, support and advocacy on all matters of Policy, laws, regulations and strategy to achieve targets and to excel in growth and development for the betterment of Bangladesh”.

 

Bangladesh Association of Software and Information on Services (BASIS) has organized Europe Bangladesh Technology Summit 2014 as organizers and Co-organizers Innovation Norway & DFSME. The Partners of this summit are Grameenphone & Agrani bank ltd with the support of Embassy of Denmark in Bangladesh, Telenor, Ministry for Posts, telecommunication & Information and Communication Technology, Export Promotion Bureau, Norwegian Embassy, and CBI Netherlands. The Europe Bangladesh Technology Summit 2014 was initiated from 10-14 March 2014 Hannover, Germany, from 17-18 March 2014 Copenhagen, Denmark, from 20-21 March 2014 Oslo Norway and will end on 01-04 April 2014 in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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