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Bangladesh plans e-commerce fair in London in July

  • Published at 03:45 am May 3rd, 2013
Bangladesh plans e-commerce fair in London in July

The government is planning to organise an e-Commerce Fair in London from July 6-8 to create opportunities for showcasing Bangladeshi e-Commerce services and products.

In line with the Digital Bangladesh vision, the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is going to organise the fair in collaboration with Bangladesh High Commission in the United Kingdom (UK) and Computer Jagot.

A preparatory meeting was held yesterday at the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) with its Secretary Md Nazrul Islam Khan in the chair.

"Bangladesh for the first time is going to organise e- Commerce fair in a foreign country aimed at making expatriate Bangladeshis and foreigners know about the opportunities that might be created through extending the use of services and products,” Khan said.

He said the potential entrepreneurs of Bangladesh and UK will get the opportunity to showcase their respective products and services through the e- Commerce fair.

Khan said though late, the government has already opened e- Payment gateway for paving the way for bringing money from outside country without hassle. But, many more is to be done by the authorities to break barriers on way to flourish e- Commerce, he added.

"We should sensitise e-Commerce by organising fair at home and abroad to create awareness about e-commerce," he Khan said, adding the fair in London would also help get different opinions of different quarters to explore the prospects of e-commerce.

The meeting was attended among others by Executive Director of Bangladesh Computer Council (BCC) S M Ashfaque, Additional Secretary of Ministry of ICT Kamal Uddin, General Secretary of Bangladesh Computer Samity Md Shahid-UL- Munir and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Computer Jagot Abdul Wahed Tomal.

The meeting decided to talk to organisations like Bangladesh Bank and Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) to involve them with the initiative.

Abdul Wahed Tomal said more than 80,000 people would visit the three-day fair in London. Expatriate Bangladeshis have already shown great enthusiasm about e-Commerce fair which would be a very attractive event to them, he hoped.