Unions to see 'virtual shops'
The government now plans to set up "virtual shops" based on e-commerce -- buying and selling of products or services through electronic systems -- at all unions to create direct link-ups between rural producers and consumers.
"We have a plan to launch the virtual shops at all of our information centres being set up at 4,498 unions in the country to take the benefits of e-commerce to rural people's doorsteps," Nazrul Islam Khan, national project director of Access To Information (A2I), said the news agency yesterday.
The A2I programme that is operated from the Prime Minister's Office with support of United Nations Development Programme will facilitate different digital innovative ideas.
With the help of websites in the virtual shops, rural producers can sell products at fair prices, even to international markets.
Entrepreneurs can register with the system for free.
After the registration, pictures of the products will be uploaded on the website with prices, contact numbers and the producer's profile. Consumers can order for the items through credit cards from anywhere in the world.