The Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS) is going to organise a four-day exposition on the local software market at International Convention City Bashundhara from February 6.
President Md Abdul Hamid will inaugurate the event -- BASIS SoftExpo -- where about 300 exhibitors will showcase their products in presence of top ICT companies, personalities, key policymakers, industry leaders and other stakeholders.
“SoftExpo is the platform to showcase the capability of local software companies in the international arena,” said Syed Almas Kabir, president of the BASIS.
The event will help local IT companies expand their businesses, he told a press conference at the BASIS office yesterday.
There will be 10 individual zones, such as an Industry 4.0 Zone and an Experience Zone, highlighting the growth and development of Bangladesh’s ICT sector, said Mushfiqur Rahman, convener of the expo and a vice president of the association.
The others will focus on VAT, digital education, fintech, software, mobile innovation, digital commerce and IT-enabled services, and business process outsourcing or BPO.
There will also be business to business (B2B) matchmaking sessions between local and foreign companies, including ones from Sweden, Japan and the Netherlands.
A “BASIS Top Ten Digital-Ready Company” award will be presented to recognise 10 companies from other verticals for successfully organising B2B sessions with BASIS members.
Alongside there will be about 30 seminars and sessions where thoughts will be shared by over 100 national and international speakers.
An ICT career camp will also be held with over 2,000 students from more than 45 universities showcasing their innovative projects.
The local ICT sector is contributing to developing a “Digital Bangladesh”, said Abul Kashem Khan, chief technology officer of Dutch-Bangla Bank Limited, the event’s sponsor.
BASIS Senior Vice President Farhana A Rahman, Vice President Shoeb Ahmed Masud and some other top leaders were present.