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Bangladesh govt launches virtual desk at London embassy to attract investment in IT sector

A virtual desk known as 'Bangladesh IT Connect-UK Desk' has been launched at Bangladesh Embassy in London to attract investment in the country's IT sector and increase the business relationship of UK IT companies with local IT companies

Dhaka — A virtual desk is known as ‘Bangladesh IT Connect-UK Desk’ has been launched at Bangladesh Embassy in London to attract investment in the country’s IT sector and increase the business relationship of UK IT companies with local IT companies said a statement. The State Minister for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Zunaid Ahmed Palak inaugurated the virtual desk in an online function.

The Bangladesh IT Connect-UK Desk, a joint venture of the Bangladesh Computer Council (BCC) LICT Project under the ICT Department and the Bangladesh High Commission in London is a Bangladesh-UK B2B IT connectivity hub to mark the 50th anniversary of the friendship between Bangladesh and the UK.

Business connections, interview arrangements, will play a role in bringing investment from the UK to the market. In the inaugural session, Bangladesh High Commissioner to the UK Saida Muna Tasnim hosted a panel discussion on ‘Bangladesh and the UK at 50: Forging a Digital Economy Partnership’ at the Overseas, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) in the UK Ahmed Palak, International Director of the British Computer Society because Stephen Tweed, BASIS President Syed Almas Kabir spoke.

Zunaid Ahmed Palak said the UK is one of Bangladesh’s largest partners in business and investment. The two countries are expanding trade and investment in various sectors, including the environment and defense. Bangladesh IT Connect-UK Desk is a virtual platform launched to boost business and investment in the ICT sector, which will help develop technologies, BPOs, and the digital economy of the two countries on the one hand, and UK investment in the country’s IT sector on the other. Keep it.

He said rapid digitalization in the last decade has resulted in mobile phone coverage in about 99 % of areas of Bangladesh and more than 11.3 million internet users.

“Outsourcing, e-commerce, F-commerce, and government activities have expanded due to the availability of high-speed internet. Indigenous technology companies, startups, artificial intelligence-powered chatbots, contact tracers, mobile apps, mobile financial services, digital content, digital commerce have made people’s lives easier in the Corona epidemic.”

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the friendship between Bangladesh and the United Kingdom, the Minister of State suggested the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the two countries to build partnership in the digital economy by strengthening innovation and business cooperation in the ICT sector.

“We want to extend the hand of cooperation between government and non-government institutions, including universities and technical institutes, in research and development (R&D), innovation, knowledge exchange, technology transfer,” he said. At the same time, we want to organize joint projects, workshops, seminars, tech summits, and exhibitions.

Later, Wahidur Rahman Sharif, President of Bangladesh Association of Call Centers and Outsourcing (BACCO) conducted ‘Is Bangladesh UK’s Next Outsourcing Partner’ and Pathfinder and Ifti Islam, Chairman of Infinity Tech conducted ‘Top Startups Bangladesh’ Discussions were held. The businessmen and leaders of the technology sector of the two countries spoke on the occasion.

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