P@SHA signs MoU with BASIS in Dhaka
On the evening of March 16, at the Dhaka Club in Bangladesh, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the President of the Pakistan Software Houses Association for IT & ITES – P@SHA (i.e. moi) and the President of the Bangladesh Software and Information Services (BASIS) Mr. Habibullah Karim.
The MoU signing was witnessed by Mr. Ayaz Mohammad Khan, the Deputy High Commissioner for Pakistan in Bangladesh, Mr. Zulfiqar Younis, the Commercial Counsellor at the Pakistan High Commission, as well as senior IT company representatives from both the countries.
With Bangladesh’s financial and government sector looking seriously at accelerating the automation of services, Pakistani companies have a clear oppoortunity to partner with their counterparts in Bangladesh to provide expertise in products and services.
Some Pakistani companies like TPS, NADRA and Acrologix and others are already working on projects in Bangladesh, and there certainly are opportunities for others. We are hoping that this MoU and subsequent visits, seminars and networking opportunities, will add impetus to the growing relationship between the industries of both countries.
Other areas of cooperation would include sharing research and experience in the areas of legislation and policy making – for instance, Bangladesh has not yet been able to put up regulation regarding PKI or digital signatures. This is an area that we can help with, and we were fortunate to have with us on this trip Mustafa Syed who was one of the key players at NiFT during its planning and implementation stage.
In his address on the occasion, the Deputy High Commissioner expressed the hope that this would be the beginning of more business activity between the industries of Pakistan and Bangladesh. He assured all those present on the occasion, of his office’s full cooperation and facilitation to ensure that any stumbling blocks were removed.
It was a great surprise to meet both the Deputy High Commissioner and the Commercial Counsellor. Their interest alone would have pleased us. You can imagine our amazement when Mr. Ayaz Mohammad Khan told us that it was his job to help us in any way he could, and that they were at our service – after all it was our taxes that paid their salaries. He also said that we should let them know when we visited next time so that they could fix meetings with whoever it was that we wanted to meet, they could help with organizing the event and there was even some funding available for certain things.
The Commercial Counsellor was present at the Total Communications’ E-Banking Conference that was held the next day. He connected companies with the heads of banks who were attending the event and who could be potential customers for them, and was seen to be totally involved in the event. I was bowled over. I just wish that the Commercial Counsellors in our other export markets could be as motivated. High hopes perhaps!
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