Bangladeshi IT professionals have recently met with their Japanese counterparts at a business-to-business event organised by Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS) and the Embassy of Bangladesh in Tokyo.
Bangladeshi IT Professionals in Japan supported the event: Bangladesh-Japan IT B2B Meeting, the embassy said in a statement.
Thirteen Bangladeshi IT firms displayed their products and services at the event where at least 25 Japanese tech firms, including NTT Data, Fast Retailing and Qualcomm, took part.
Along with establishment of valuable business contacts, some successful business deals were also struck at the event, according to the statement.
“The event is a showcase of the fact that Bangladeshi IT companies are actively exploring Japan as a potential niche market to establish IT as the next big sector in the land of the rising sun,” the Bangladeshi embassy said.
“On the other hand, it is clearly evident that Japanese companies now have a real interest to explore the untapped potential of the booming IT industry in Bangladesh and they are really meaning business.”
Japanese companies will receive full cooperation from the Bangladesh government, Masud Bin Momen, Bangladesh's ambassador to Japan, said at the event.
The ambassador welcomed the delegation of BASIS and Japanese IT companies and highlighted the importance of public-private partnership in fostering trade and investment.
Shameem Ahsan, BASIS president, recalled the contribution of Japan in the development of Bangladesh and invited the Japanese companies to invest and enjoy the business-friendly incentives offered by the present government.
To move ahead with the success of the event and to materialise the achievements, the Bangladesh embassy will work on to follow up and will help in making further contacts, according to the statement.
Japan External Trade Organisation (Jetro) proposed to arrange a visit by Japanese IT delegation to Bangladesh next year possibly during an IT event in Dhaka, the embassy said.
The group of IT professionals is planning to have a seminar about the Japanese market and its potential in Dhaka in collaboration with BASIS. Takashi Suzuki, JETRO senior director, also spoke.