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The Daily Star Roundtable on "e-Commerce in Bangladesh: How Ready are We?"
12 Jan 2013

E-Commerce week 2013 is going on. Bangladesh Bank and Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS) are jointly organizing and ICT Business Promotion Council of Business Ministry is supporting this week long event where several seminar, e-commerce exhibition, roundtable discussion, concert are being held. As a part of this, a roundtable organized by The Daily Star and BASIS was held at Daily Star conference room on "E-Commerce in Bangladesh: How Ready are We?" last Saturday, 12 January, 2013. Architect Mr. Yasef Osman, Minister, Ministry of Science & technology was present as the chief guest. He shared his hope and aspiration for the young generation of the country to drive the country through the power of e-commerce. Mr. Nazrul islam khan, Secretary, Ministry of ICT also spoke on the occasion.
Mr. Jamilur Reza Chowdhury, VC, UAP presided over the roundtable identifying three major issues which are imperative in the progress of ICT sector in Bangladesh – Increase of internet bandwidth at low cost, tax incentives to promote e-commerce and initiation of mobile banking.
Mr. Abul Kashem Md. Shirin, DMB, DBBL gave a presentation in the roundtable on the operation of DBBL as an internet payment gateway. Mr. Kamal Quadir, CEO, bKash; Mr. Sayeeful Islam, MD, SSLCOMMERZ; Mr. Imran Rahman, VC, ULAB; Mr. Anir Chowdhury, Policy Advicor, A2i;Mr. Sayem Ahmed, Chairman, DBBL; Mr. Mahboob Zaman, MD, Datasoft; Ms. Hasina Newaz, VP,BWCCI, Mr. Mahfuz Anam, Editor, The Daily Star also gave their opinion in the roundtable discussion.
Mr. Shameem Ahsan, Convener of e-commerce week and SVP, BASIS and Mr. AKM Fahim Mashroor gave the vote of thanks in the occasion.

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