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BASIS A2I Joint Initiative
Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS), Dhaka, Bangladesh AND Access to Information (A2I) Programme, Prime Minister's Office, with assistance from UNDP, Bangladesh has jointly and collaboratively working on implementing "Strategic Priorities of Digital Bangladesh" to ensure citizens right to information and services by incorporating and applying ICTs. Aim of the project is to;
Standardize all Government web sites/ portals
Design and develop digital Bangladesh thematic projects.
Both BASIS and A2I will own the overall initiative until they are handed over to appropriate agencies sharing knowledge and financial responsibilities.
All documents, software and content developed under this initiative will be open source and open content subject to national security issues.
JICA Pilot Project
BASIS is working as the implementing partner for the ongoing JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) pilot project for Software export to Japan. ERD, Government of Bangladesh signed a contract with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to undertake a study on potential sub sector growth for export diversification of Bangladesh.
Earlier JICA conducted a study on "Potential Sub-sector Growth for Export Diversification in Bangladesh" through assistance from Export Promotion Bureau (EPB). A six member JICA team primarily made a groundwork selection of 6 sub-sectors which were Food Processing, Jute Products, Pharmaceutical Products, Computer Software, Light Engineering (metalworking and machining) and Electric & Electronic Products, with an objective of picking up two most potential sub-sectors out of these 6 for the study. BASIS (along with other associations/agencies) made several presentations in a series of workshops, meetings and presentations that were arranged for the short-listing of the sectors. Finally, Computer Software was selected by JICA as one of the most potential sub sectors (along with jute) for the purpose of pilot project. BASIS has also been selected by JICA as the implementing partner for the pilot project.
The pilot project for the software sector has been designed in consultant with BASIS to find one of the possible solutions towards the export expansion of the industry, mainly in Japan market. The pilot project entitled 'Project for Establishing the Institutional Mechanism for Export Marketing of Software Industry in Bangladesh' has taken Japanese market as a sample, which if successful, is expected to be applied to other non-English speaking markets in future.
Objectives of the pilot project are to enhance export competitiveness of Computer Software Products in the international markets in particular and diversification of Bangladesh export in general, which will be attained through the implementation of specific Action and Master Plans. The pilot project will involve a certain number of companies of the Computer Software sector as the first beneficiaries. A MoU was also signed between Unico International Corporation, the consulting company appointed by JICA, and BASIS regarding cooperation.
To kick off the pilot project, a seminar on the JICA pilot projects took place on 30 September 2007 at EPB Conference Room. The purpose of the seminar was to disseminate the pilot project concept to all stakeholders. 45 officials from the Government including Ministry of Commerce and EPB, various trade bodies including BASIS, International Development Agencies, Japanese Embassy, journalists and media officials and representatives from several distinguished BASIS member companies participated in the seminar.
A second seminar focusing only on the JICA Pilot Project for the Software and ITES sector took place on 23 October, 2007 at EPB Conference Room. The purpose of the seminar was to present a concept of the pilot project and to exchange opinions among the pilot project participants and stakeholders.
The JICA team consisting of Japanese experts visited all the 41 participating companies and collected pertinent information regarding each company for the matchmaking program. Survey forms were also distributed electronically by BASIS and detailed information on each company and projects were collected. This information will be used to produce bi-lingual brochures for all the companies in Japanese and English which will be distributed to Japanese companies that are interested in ICT outsourcing and joint ventures. Initially the JICA team identified 500 Japanese companies as potential targets for this program.
As a consequent phase of the project, on May 12, 2008, a seminar was organized by JICA in Japan where the participating companies attended with enormous interest. The seminar focused on ICT outsourcing in Japan and built a positive interaction among Bangladeshi and Japanese ICT companies.
BITMAP Project
The Bangladesh Information Technology Management Programme BITMAP was designed to upgrade the skill and capacity of the staff within the organization of BASIS (Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services), in order to enable them in a professional way, to develop and provide a range of business services to their member companies. The project included the organizational development of BASIS and the implementation of a pilot training programme for the ICT sector member companies in Bangladesh.
Long term objectives
To increase exports of ICT services from Bangladesh
To improve services offered by BASIS
To strengthen trade relations between Denmark (EU) and Bangladesh
Immediate objectives
To establish an export consultant team to assist ICT companies in Bangladesh.
To facilitate the development of BASIS - benchmarking with an ICT organization in India
To improve management competencies in general and export management skills in particular in a number of relevant ICT companies in Bangladesh to the benefit of not only the companies but also to the economy of the country.
To introduce an alternative approach to export management education when training in Bangladesh, which is more practical oriented in order to achieve new exports.
Target groups
Group 1: Employees of BASIS whose members are exporting or are planning to start export.
Group 2: BASIS Board input through benchmarking and long term development of the organisation
Group 3: Private export consultants, who are already providing or who plan to provide professional assistance to ICT companies.
Group 4: Employees in exporting companies, who are investigating the possibilities for expanding through export.
The project trained a total of 20 trainees through its 8 module training programme spread out in 4 sessions. During the programme they were divided into groups of 4-5 trainees for export assignments in the companies, and for study groups. Out of the 20 trainees, 12 came from BASIS member companies whereas the remaining 8 are individual export consultants.
ICT Incubator
ICT Incubator:
ICT Incubator has started its journey on 1st November 2002 covering 68563 sft of space in 8 floors of BSRS Bhaban
ICT Incubator is a Project of the Ministry of Science and Information & Communication Technology (MOSICT)
Project Administrator : Bangladesh Hi-Tech Park Authority
Managing Agent: Bangladesh Association of Software & Information Services (BASIS)
24 hours uninterrupted power supply through dedicated feeder electricity line from DESA
Government subsidy on rent
High-speed internet Bandwidth at 25% discounted rate
Broadband internet connection (free of cost)
Cleaning service
24 hours security service
24 hours lift service
Parking Facilities
Common Services Center
Space Allocation Criteria
Only software & IT enabled services companies are eligible to apply for space at ICT Incubator
No. of companies taken facility to date : 85
Software Technology Park at JANATA Tower
NTF II Project
In March 2009, the Centre for the promotion of Imports from Developing Countries of the Netherlahds (CBI) and International Trade Centre UNCTAD/WTO (ITC) signed a partnership agreement, called the Netherlands Trust Fund II (NTFII). The Netherlands Ministry for development Cooperation finances the programme, while ITC takes responsibility for the implementation. The overall objective of NTFII is the creation of sustainable exporter competitiveness in selected export sectors within selected partner countries. ITC and CBI collaboration to short-list potential beneficiary countries, including Bangladesh.

The overall objective of the project is to build sustainable exporter competitiveness in the IT & IT enabled services (ITES) Sector in Bangladesh. The project will be implemented in collaboration with the Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) and the Bangladesh Association of Software & Information Services (BASIS). Both organizations have committed to sustaining project objectives after the project ends.

Events of NTF II

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