E-Asia 2011 held in Dhaka
Asian nations arrange many technological conferences each year. Among them, E-Asia is the one endeavor to unite all the Asian nations to a single platform.
This year it happened in Dhaka, at BICC. Three days of conferences, exhibitions and an award ceremony. Around 150 exhibitors displayed a wide range of services, such as mobile banking, e-health care, e-Agri service, e-education and e-Governance. Some of the well promoted products in the exhibition were bKash (BRAC Bank), DigiClass (Rahimafrooz), electronic voting machines (Election Commission) , table for farmer (Amadeyr Cloud Ltd) and Doel laptop (TSS) — the first Made in Bangladesh laptop PC.
Along with exhibitions, a number of conferences were organized with high class local and international speakers. Freelancers urged the government to take steps to introduce a convenient online money transfer service, such as PayPal, for smooth transfer of their payment. State Minister for ICT Yeafesh Osman pledged to provide all support to introduce PayPal service in the country.
A number of Speakers and industry experts sheared some interesting statistical findings and analysis. AKM Fahim Mashroor, senior vice president of Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services, said that there are about 10,000 freelance software developers in the country, earning roughly $40 million annually. Their income is equivalent to one-fourth of the country’s total software exports. We also came to know that Bangladesh has been providing quality service at very cheap price and consequently growing at a rate of around 40% per year for last 4-5 years. Considering growth rate and other prospect, experts showed how this industry could be billion dollar industry within next 10 years.
Award program for ICT companies was taken place on the second day of the event. Along with some colorful culture programs, seventeen local and international ICT initiatives won awards in five different themes. We won one of them. The mega technology even ended on 3rd December. Bangladesh quite successfully showed her competency in digital technology. It’s up to the world to take the advantage.