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16 February, 2020 03:44:57 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 16 February, 2020 03:45:34 AM



Like other developing countries, Bangladesh is currently undergoing the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) whose positive impact will soon be felt in economic, industrial, and agricultural sectors. To provide this message to visitors, 35 tech firms recently participated in the ‘Industry 4.0’ zone' of BASIS Expo 2020.

Local organisations producing AI, machine learning, and IoT-related products and services showcased their solutions and products at this event.

The Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS) organised the 16th edition of BASIS SOFTEXPO 2020, the largest private-sector exposition of the country aimed at showcasing IT and ITES products and services in Bangladesh.  The four-day expo was held at the International Convention City Bashundhara in the capital from February 6 to February 9. This year's theme was ‘Transforming life through innovation’.

In keeping with the country's march towards digitisation, the SOFTEXPO this year was bigger than ever before. The event was a congregation of ICT companies, professionals, key policymakers, industry leaders, and other ICT stakeholders. Different digital tools and equipment were on display at the expo to advance the concept of ‘Digital Bangladesh’. It was a perfect opportunity for local software and IT companies to display their depth and strength of their capabilities in front of visitors.

Arman Hussain, co-founder of Monon AI Ltd, said: “We have developed an AI-based face-recognition software package. The specialty of this software is that it can recognise Bangladeshi faces because we have developed it based on our native culture.”

Surjomukhi Pranisheba, a local IoT company, brought an AI-based service for farmers. It has developed another tool by which a veterinary doctor can be connected with remote animal farms and become acquainted with their temperature, health, husbandry, and other important factors.

BASIS SoftExpo 2020 was divided into 10 individual zones: Industry 4.0 Zone, Experience Zone, VAT Zone, Digital Education Zone, FinTech Zone, Women Zone, Software Showcasing Zone, Mobile Innovation Zone, Digital Commerce Zone, and ITES & BPO Zone.

Also, the B2B matchmaking session at the event was a unique opportunity for software and ITES companies.

Around 15 companies participated in VAT Zone to provide VAT-related services to visitors. Currently, the goal of earning revenue is being achieved through local ICT organisations. The National Board of Revenue (NBR) has already enlisted 24 VAT software companies. These companies provided ERP-related services to visitors.

Bahaul Alam Ziko, product manager of PrismERP, said: “We are an NBR- enlisted company. We provide VAT-related services.”

With each passing day, the prospect of cashless transactions is being realised in every sector. To display the overall advancement of digital payments and fintech in constructing a 'Digital Bangladesh', 10 banks and financial institutions participated in the Fintech Zone of BASIS Soft Expo 2020. United Commercial Bank showcased its retail cards and IT-based products. Bank Asia showcased its newly introduced Shadhin Freelancer Prepaid Card for freelancers and outsourcers.

The Experience Zone gave visitors the chance to try out the experience of augmented reality and virtual reality. ACI Agribusiness brought three app-based products—Fasali, Rupali, and Khamari—for farmers. Through these apps farmers can get any information from experts on farming, harvesting, agricultural equipment, fish cultivation, weather forecast etc.

Digital commerce business is also witnessing a boom in the country. Eighteen firms showcased their products in the Digital Commerce Zone. All commercial services are now available at home through modern and advanced digital platforms.

ADN Digital, a Bangladeshi platform at the expo, is a ‘one-stop digital service partner’ that helps companies digitise their business. It provides services related to insights and analytics, strategy and planning, search marketing, social media, content development, and web design and development. Bizz Solutions Ltd, another company, brought an app-based digital commerce service in the expo. This app, known as Mistrimama, provides electrical, plumbing, AC, generator, CCTV, and other IT-related services.

The increasing use of smartphones among the populace has made people heavily dependent on mobile apps. Local developers showcased their apps and innovations in the Mobile Application Zone of the expo. Astha IT Ltd, a local private venture, brought ERP-related app-based services in the expo. They brought, bizzyb, and SoSuite apps for visitors who were interested in human resources recruitment, skill development, rent and housing, and SMEs.

A fast-growing ITES and BPO sector highlights an outsourcing model in the delivery of solutions. This is mostly needed for an IT-based digital country. This sector is growing fast  in Bangladesh. As many as 45 digital firms, including BITM, Uy Lab, and Bangladesh IT Institute, participated in the expo to describe the digital outsourcing situation in the country.

The expo showcased the capabilities and potential of the country's software industry. Local developers showcased various experimental software that could be applied to the healthcare sector, banking solutions, and RMG and other industrial sectors. BJIT, a pioneer of offshore software business, showcased its services to the visitors. Its AI and deep learning services include AI, ML, DL technologies, chatboat, speech and face recognition, auto door lock, and parking area and vehicle detention.

Ambala IT, which claimed itself as the most popular IT service provider in the country, showcased a couple of services. Its Naba ERP is a web-based integrated system of inventory, fixed asset management, procurement, HR-payroll, and accounting modules for businesses, NGOs, and financial institutions. It also provides other services such as cheque printing, POS, job portal, web designing etc.

DataSoft, another service provider, showcased some exclusive services on banking, IoT, AI, AR, VR, big data and analytics, Custom House automation, port and terminal automation, offshore development, MIS solutions, and bioinformatics.    

The SoftExpo also focused on creating more collaborative relationships between ICT companies at national and international levels. Trade delegations from numerous countries were invited to experience the immense potential of the ICT industry in Bangladesh. About 300 companies displayed their various products and innovations at the event.

A good number of international buyers from Sweden, Japan, and the Netherlands took part in business-to-business meetings during the event. About three lakh visitors came to experience local innovations and developments featured at the expo.

Over 100 national and international speakers shared their thoughts on the industry at 30 seminars and sessions at the event.




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