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12:00 AM, February 21, 2010 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, February 21, 2010

Bangladesh to emerge as software exporter in global market

German entrepreneur says

Bangladesh will quickly emerge in the world market as a software exporting country as it has tremendous potentialities in the IT sector.
This observation came from Arndt Huesges, the newly appointed honorary consul general of Bangladesh in Germany, during an exclusive interview with the news agency here yesterday.
"Bangladesh will soon move in a dynamic speed in the international software markets as Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is making very high professional fundamentals to develop the country's IT sector," said Huesges, also a promising entrepreneur.
Responding to a question, he said although some neighbouring nations of Bangladesh have already been in the international software market for a pretty long time, there is no reason for Dhaka to lag behind as the country is blessed with huge energetic human resources and other necessary ingredients to venture into this ever-flourishing trade.
"Without going abroad for job-hunting at huge costs, the young and promising boys and girls of Bangladesh will be able to earn huge foreign exchange by producing and exporting software sitting at their respective houses."
They will only create necessary facilities to distribute the local products to international business centres, Huesges added.
"Our company has household software programmes through which we provide services in 12 different languages," he said, claiming that no other company in Europe has such capabilities.
Huesges, also the top executive of Huesges Group, a leading trade and business company of Germany, is now in Bangladesh leading a four-member delegation to explore investment potentialities here and identify the sectors where German investors may come for joint- venture initiatives.
Other members of the visiting teams are: Huesges Group Managing Director Hasanat Mia, Director of Sales of Relexa Hotel Group Tim Zerr and Director of AKH Group Shamim Haque.
The honorary consul general said he will devote wholeheartedly in enhancing Bangladesh's image among the German and other European trade leaders.
On their current mission in Bangladesh, Huesges said they will invest in IT, tourism, leasing company and efficient traffic management. “We like to open office and operate Huesges Group in Bangladesh.”
When asked, the top executive of the German company that has 250 installations in Germany and other European countries said initially they want to invest 50 to 70 million Euros in Bangladesh.
After IT, development of tourism that has huge prospect and potentialities will be the second priority of the group in Bangladesh. “Primarily we want to construct a five-star tourist resort at a convenient place," he said, adding that for this purpose they have already visited Chittagong and sea beaches of Cox's Bazar and Innani.
He categorically said that tourism could be developed in Bangladesh showing respect to the country's religious and cultural heritage.
Pointing to the fact that Bangladesh is blessed with picturesque natural beauties, world's largest natural sea beach, mangroves forest of Sundarbans, oldest replicas of human civilisation and many places of historical interests, he said these are the ingredients that attract the real tourists.
The honorary consul general informed said since his delegation's arrival in Bangladesh on February 15, they called on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Tourism Minister GM Quader.
They also met Minister for Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment Mosharraf Hossain, Commerce Minister Faruk Khan, Communications Minister Syed Abul Hossain, State Minister for Environment and Forest Dr Hasan Mahmud and senior officials.
“We believe through our joint efforts, cooperation and strategy for economic development, our existing ties can reach to a new height,” Huesges said.
The delegation will leave for Germany today with a hope to start their work in Bangladesh within six months.

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