E-Cab and Basis from Bangladesh participated in the ongoing 5-day GITEX World Conference in Dubai, one of the emirates of the United Arab Emirates. In the middle of the conference, the organization held the ‘Dubai E-Commerce Road Show’ at Deira’s Landmark Grand Hotel on Thursday to guide Bangladeshi e-commerce companies in the Dubai market.
About 70 traders from 38 member organizations of e-CAB participated in this road-show held in three sessions chaired by the E-CAB General Secretary Mohammad Abdul Waheed Tamal.
From these sessions, the Bangladeshi e-commerce business and human resource needs in the Dubai market and the potential and challenges of investing in Bangladesh in various e-commerce companies in Dubai emerged. They opined that despite having the capacity, it lags behind neighboring India only on branding issues.
In the speech of the chief guest in the first session, Jamal Hossain, Business Consul of Bangladesh Embassy in Dubai said that Dubai is one of the business centers of the world just as Bangladesh is a country of immense potential. To achieve our IT sector export target of $5 billion, we need to expand our business beyond Bangladesh, especially to places like Dubai. Here we have immense potential.
e-CAB Joint General Secretary Nasima Akhter Nisha gave welcome speech in this session moderated by Deserd Expert CEO Md. Borhan Uddin.
Sami Ahmed, managing director of Startup Bangladesh, the chief guest of the second session moderated by e-cab vice-president Sahab Uddin Shipon, said that Bangladesh’s startup culture is expanding now. Participation of domestic startups in various international arenas is re-introducing our country. There is a need to organize more such events to expand the skills of startups and their network of contacts.
In this session, a2i E-Commerce Head Rezwanul Haque Jami gave an informative presentation on the possibility of exporting goods and services through Bangladeshi e-commerce.
Ashish Kumar Sarkar, Commercial Counselor of Bangladesh Consulate in Dubai was the special guest. Besides, Secretary General of Bangladesh Business Council Dubai Md. Saifuddin Ahmed, RoyX Technologies CEO Rajeev Roy and Creative IT Institute CEO Monir Hossain also participated in the panel discussion.
In this session Mohammad Sahab Uddin Shipon said that there are several positive developments in e-commerce. Despite various problems, our youth are getting investments from abroad. It is hopeful. We are working to further enhance such achievements through technology and innovative business ideas. But in this case, everyone should pay more attention to our country banding.
In the final session of the day-long road-show moderated by Asif Ahnaf, convener of the road-show and finance secretary of e-CAB, e-commerce companies in crops, food and medicine showcased their initiatives. The next panel discussion was about the investment and business potential of dream entrepreneurs. Managing Director of Startup Bangladesh Sami Ahmed was the chief guest in this session. E-CAB General Secretary Mohammad Abdul Waheed Tamal gave a welcome address to the meeting under the direction of Vice President Mohammad Sahab Uddin Shipon. The panelists were Jahedul Arefin, Managing Director of Candlestone Investment Partners Limited, Sudarshan Shubashish Das, Founder of ZA Capital Advisory and Wasim Alim, CEO of Chaldal.
Mohammad Abdul Waheed Tamal, while speaking as the president of the three sessions said, we have implemented such an international program for the first time. Since it has been successfully implemented. We will try to open new doors for our young e-commerce entrepreneurs in other countries as well.
Mir Shahed Ali, Managing Director of I-Mesh Limited, Rubaiyat Bin Arif, Director of Cloud Technologies Limited, Tanbir Chowdhury, Co-Founder of Smart Field Service, Ishtiaq Sarwar, Managing Director of Amar Pay, Arafatul Islam, Co-Founder of Startup Chittagong, STITBD. Head of Marketing Md Haider Hossain, Khasfood Managing Director Habibul Mustafa and others were present.