Microsoft signs agreement with BCS to promote “Genuine Software”
Microsoft Bangladesh Pvt. Ltd. has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Bangladesh Computer Samity (BCS) on March 28, 2015 Saturday at the BCS Innovation Center, Dhanmondi Dhaka.
BCS and Microsoft will work jointly to conceptualize and map out a Government Software Legalization plan together with key Government stakeholders. BCS will also assist Microsoft to work with the Ministry of Education to deploy technology throughout the education system in Bangladesh. Furthermore, BCS will be the partner of Microsoft to create ICT/ promote Anti-Piracy, Intellectual Property Rights Law awareness and Cyber security awareness activities in partnership with key stakeholders (such as Ministry of ICT, Bangladesh Bank, Copyright Office, Bangladesh Police, Bangladesh Telecom Authority).
Last but not least, BCS will assist Microsoft to work with key Government agencies on promoting women in leadership, women entrepreneurs and diversity and inclusion in the Government and Corporate workplace.
Sonia Bashir Kabir, Managing Director, Microsoft Bangladesh and A.H.M. Mahfuzul Arif, President, BCS signed the MOU. Sharmin Chowdhury, Anti-Piracy Manager, Microsoft Bangladesh and Nazrul Islam, Secretary General, BCS were also present at the event.
Sonia Bashir Kabir said "Microsoft believes in the future of Bangladesh and we the 160 m people of Bangladesh are the strength of our country. Bangladesh as a nation embraces technology and when the country gains momentum, we will be a powerhouse. It is important for the people of Bangladesh to understand not only the difference between genuine and pirated software but also comprehend what the user implications are. The businesses need to lead by example and stop buying pirated software." She reiterated her slogan "Be Genuine, Buy Genuine" and said she is very positive about the partnership with BCS.
A.H.M. Mahfuzul Arif congratulated Microsoft for taking the right decision to partner with BCS. He said BCS controls the heart of the IT business in Bangladesh and is well positioned to help Microsoft drive genuine software purchase and usage. "I am excited to work with a brand like Microsoft and we are confident this partnership will lead to success for Microsoft in Bangladesh".