e-Banking event held in Bangladesh for the first time
As all of us who have been involved in the e-Banking event in Pakistan for the past 6 years know, this has now got a permanent place on our annual IT calendar. Total Communications, the organizers of this event, decided that this year they would take it to Bangladesh as well. I must admit that I had some misgivings about a Pakistani company trying to hold an event in a city which was not home base. However, Faisal Rahim and his team certainly pulled it off.
The Chief Guest at the event was the Science & ICT Minister for Bangladesh, Architect Yeafesh Osman who surprised us by showing up 15 minutes before he was supposed to – this habit of punctuality was not a characteristic that we found was common in Bangladesh. Almost everyone that we met with was late – the excuse was always the traffic (which admittedly is bad)!
The event was well attended by the Banking and IT industries of Bangladesh. There were several heads of banks, and senior representatives of most of the banks were present in addition to the Presidents of the Bankers Association and the Leasing Association.
Those who didn’t event were of course represented by me! 😉 I did not fail to give a snapshot of the industry – talked about the innovation and success that we have seen in the past few years. It set the tone for some of the products that they saw demonstrated at the exhibition.
I was thrilled to see that the Pakistani companies took advantage of the trip to set up meetings with several banks and other organizations. No contracts were signed but the direction has been set and we are hoping that in subsequent months, some deals will be struck.
The High Commissioner of Pakistan in Bangladesh invited us to Pakistan House for tea so off we went. He and his wife were indeed gracious hosts. So the visit overall was a good one. Perhaps we need to follow up with a formal delegation from both countries so as to capitalize on the opportunities that exist.
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