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Saturday , August 9 , 2014
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Dhaka hawks infotech skill

Nazrul Islam Khan in Calcutta on Friday. Picture by Kishor Roy Chowdhury

Calcutta, Aug. 8: Bangladesh has proposed easier work permits for its IT professionals in India.

This will not only build greater synergies in information technology between the two countries but also create more near-shore outsourcing opportunities.

Bangladesh’s IT export revenues stood at around $250 million in 2013-14 against India’s $110 billion. The neighbouring country has seen its IT market registering a 100 per cent growth in the last fiscal. The buoyancy has been achieved largely on the back of start-up companies and the entrepreneurship-enabling environment.

Bangladesh’s domestic IT market is valued at $400 million.

“Our freelancers are doing well and contributing about $50 million. We are emphasising a lot on this as it generates job opportunities. To take the IT industry to the next level of growth, we would need India’s help and expertise in the sector,” said Nazrul Islam Khan, secretary, information & communication technology division of Bangladesh.

“Special work permits can help in easier transit for our skilled workforce. This can also open up opportunities to hire and create value across borders. We also welcome Indian hardware companies although our focus is on software,” he said on the sidelines of ICT East, 2014, organised by the CII Eastern Region.

The Bangladesh government is looking at joint ventures with Indian companies.

At present, Abdul Latif Siddiqui, the Bangladeshi minister for posts, telecommunications and IT, and Khan are leading a team in India to the meet CEOs of Indian IT companies.

The aim will be to explore ways to involve Indian IT companies in Bangladesh for e-governance, e-education, cyber security and capacity building.