Government and private sector stakeholders of the country’s software and IT-enabled services (ITES) sector have pinned hope on Saturday that the highly promising sector will earn US$500 million by the year 2014 as curtain fell on the biggest ever software exposition, SoftExpo-2009, on a high note. This year, the annual exposition of Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS) witnessed lots of enthusiasm among and promises from the government and private sector stakeholders aiming at creating a truly digital Bangladesh within next few couple of years.
Organisers claimed that a total of around five lakh people visited the exposition this year. Even on the last day of the five-day extravaganza, there was long queue in and outside the expo venue - Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre (BCFCC).
A good number of business leads were generated through this year’s fair which has been marked by the active participation of nine countries for the first time. Adviser to Prime Minister Dr Syed Modasser Ali was the chief guest at the closing ceremony.
Commerce Secretary Feroz Ahmed and Science and ICT Secretary Md Nazmul Huda Khan were present as special guests.
Among others, BASIS President Habibullah N Karim, BASIS Director MA Mubin Khan, and BASIS Chairman of the Standing Committee on National Events A Towhid were also present during the closing ceremony. As in the past, this year’s SofExpo was also marked by a series of policy-level seminars, workshops, product display and business match-making with the foreign visitors. BASIS SoftExpo-2009 also illustrated the huge potentials in resources and skills available in Bangladesh. The organizers hope to attract local and foreign investors catering to expansion of outsourcing market in the ever-growing ICT sector of Bangladesh.
Habibullah N Karim at the closing ceremony said, ‘The software and IT institutes will work to materialise the dream of ‘digital Bangladesh’ if we get the required support from the government.’
With four foreign companies from the USA, Singapore, Sri Lanka, and Saudi Arab, 93 organisations including three universities showcased their products and services in 122 stalls and eight pavilions.
ICT companies, international ICT associations, local software development companies, successful ICT projects initiated by multinational and local companies, government departments and agencies implementing e-governance projects, ICT training institutes and universities took part in the expo.
The 281-member Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services arranges the annual event to exhibit the software and IT services in Bangladesh.
This year, Ministry of Science and ICT was the co-organizer while ICT Business Promotion Council (IBPC) and GrameenPhone Limited were the sponsors of the BASIS SoftExpo-2009. The media partners were The Daily New Age, ATN Bangla, bdnews24.com, Computer Bichitra and Radio Today. Organizers informed that the next SoftExpo would be held during February 27-13, 2010.