Mazharul Islam Mitchel Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS) took part in business to business (B2B) meetings in Thailand to develop more market opportunities between Bangladeshi and Thai IT and ITES companies.
As part of the 40th council meeting of the Asian Oceanian Computing Industry Organization (ASOCIO) and the plenary meeting of 2015, AOCIO organized B2B meetings. Zunaid Ahmed Palak, State Minister for ICT, led the Bangladesh delegation.
Among others, were BASIS International Advisor and former ASOCIO chairman Abdullah H. Kafi, Vice President M. Rashidul Hassan, Secretary General Uttam Kumar Paul, Joint Secretary General Mostafizur Rahman Sohel and Executive Director Sami Ahmed who attended the meeting as members of the delegation.
The meetings were held on Tuesday in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand where twelve BASIS member companies took part. Companies from Malaysia, Myanmar and Thailand also took part in the meeting. Alongside the meetings, the Bangladeshi delegation also visited the local Science Park, Software Park and IBM Innovation center. Meetings were held with around 20 companies from Thailand, Myanmar and Malaysia. They discussed plans on increasing the ICT trade between Bangladesh and Thailand.
Regarding the B2B meetings, ICT state minister Zunaid Ahmed Palak says for the development of the ICT sector of Bangladesh, branding and business meetings are vital. With that goal, Bangladesh has taken part in this meeting. We had many detailed discussions regarding business development and trade relations with them.
Their science parks have offered to support Bangladeshi companies should it be necessary. In exchange, we have offered the same from Kaliakoir Hi-Tech Parks. I am hopeful that through these meetings our local companies will have greater opportunities in the Thai marketplace, he also added. BASIS Vice President M. Rashidul Hasan highlighted that There is a great range of opportunities for Bangladeshi ICT companies in the Asian and Oceanian region.
BASIS has taken many initiatives to utilize these opportunities. Rashidul also told journalists, many companies from Thailand and Myanmar have expressed interest in working with Bangladeshi companies. They are also interested in coming to Bangladesh for further B2B meetings with other Bangladeshi companies soon.