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One Bangladesh- Next Five Years Vision of Bangladesh Software & IT Services Industry Launched
16 Feb 2014

Bangladesh Association of Software & Information Services- BASIS officially inaugurated the Launching of “One Bangladesh- Next Five Years Vision of Bangladesh Software & IT Services Industry” Campaign on 16 February 2014, 7 PM at the Radisson Blu Water Garden Hotel, Dhaka.

Honorable Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith marked his revered presence as Chief Guest at this auspicious event. As Special Guest Honorable State Minister for Foreign Ministry Md. Shahriar Alam and Honorable State Minister for Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology Ministry Zunaid Ahmed Palak were also present as Special Guest. BASIS President Shameem Ahsan Chaired and led the Inauguration event and BASIS Secretary General Russel T Ahmed summoned a welcome speech at the ceremonial event and brought forward previous & current successes and activities of BASIS.

BASIS President Shameem Ahsan said, “We (BASIS) have crafted out a roadmap for the next five years with specific milestone, targets, appropriate detailed vision and plan to earn US $ 1 billion from software/ITES export, to train and employ 1 million IT skilled professionals, to make internet available to 1 crore new users yearly and to contribute 1% in GDP from software and IT sector by 2018 Under “One Bangladesh” campaign.

Through this campaign we will firmly realize the vision 2021-“Digital Bangladesh”. I believe in “one Bangladesh” 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.”

Zunaid Ahmed Palak, state minister for ICT, said the sector contributes immensely to the economy.

Bangladesh can claim to be a key destination for global IT investment, thanks to the youth, a growing English-speaking population, and low costs.

Shahriar Alam, state minister for foreign affairs, said the country's investment-friendly ICT policy would give much-needed impetus to the campaign.

Muhith said infrastructure is still weak in the sector compared to what is required to run the present level of business, despite a technology revolution in the country in the past couple of decades.

“They also need to be serious about environmental damage in terms of radiation. They will have to go underground.”

BASIS Secretary General said in his welcome speech, “Since its inception in 1997, BASIS has been working relentlessly for the overall development of the ICT sector in the country. Currently the BASIS membership stands at 700. We have achieved a milestone export revenues of US $ 100 million in the year 2012-13. By achieving these targets we believe we will take Bangladesh’s ICT sector to newer heights and horizons. The export growth of this sector is now among the top 15 of the country and we plan to excel further in terms of revenue, development, digitization and growth in terms of GDP and betterment of the general public by utilizing IT software goods and services for daily activities through “One Bangladesh”.

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