Encouraged by the success of the first business process outsourcing summit that took place in Dhaka early this month, the government plans to host the second version of the event on July 28-29 next year.
The government has a target to raise earnings from the BPO sector to $1 billion in the next five years from $130 million a year at present, State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak said at a press conference at his office yesterday.
“To reach the target, we are going for the second summit in partnership with Bangladesh Association of Call Centre and Outsourcing,” he added.
The sector currently employs around 25,000 people and the government plans to take the number to more than two lakh in the next five years, Palak said.
The government targets to earn $3 billion from the ICT sector by 2021, and BPO can contribute $1 billion to the earnings, he added.
“To materialise the government's vision, we are trying to build the ecosystem for BPO.”
The government has decided to establish 554 BPO centres within a short time.
Organisers said the first BPO summit generated hype at home and abroad, and now they want to bring foreign direct investment into the sector.
At the first BPO summit, around 235 people got jobs in the sector, while another 10,000 showed their eagerness to work in the industry, said Towhid Hossain, secretary general of the association of call centres and outsourcing.
Shyam Sunder Sikder, ICT secretary, and Wahidur Rahman Sharif, acting president of the association, were also present.