Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) President Hossain Khaled said initiatives are being taken to bring the businesses in the old part of Dhaka under e-commerce facility.
He made the announcement at a seminar on "Opportunities of e-commerce for small traders and wholesalers" organized by DCCI at its auditorium on Sunday. Hossain Khaled presided over the program while Zunaid Ahmed Palak, State Minister for ICT Division was present as chief guest.
Hossain Khaled said, "We have huge possibility to take advantage from e-commerce. So we want to facilitate at least 50 businesspeople in the old part of Dhaka to conduct their business through e-commerce".
He said if we can able to bring 50-100 small trading units into e-commerce platform every year then we will have a strong virtual platform of e-trading. He informed that about 70 per cent of country's business activities are concentrated in Dhaka, so Dhaka is the core centre of businesses. He said that if our e-commerce platform is strong enough, business activities would have been decentralized.
State Minister for ICT Division Zunaid Ahmed Palak, MP said that in the last 7 years export from ICT sector stood $400 million from only $26 million. He said government is planning to formulate a comprehensive world standard e-commerce policy to re-shape the traditional e-commerce system.
Convenor of DCCI ICT standing committee Syed Almas Kabir presented the keynote paper. He said due to communication hurdle businesses of old Dhaka could not attract new customers. He said e-commerce could be the best solution of creating new consumer base. Business through e-commerce saves valuable time and in one portal a seller could display millions of diversified products.
President of BASIS Shameem Ahsan said in trading and transaction through e-commerce both trader and buyer will get some benefits.
President of E-commerce Association of Bangladesh (E-CAB) Rajib Ahmed said there are about 1 lac e-commerce sites being operated in Vietnam. He said there is no category of e-commerce in trade license.
DMD of Dutch-Bangla Bank Ltd. Abul Kasem Md. Shirin said that there are 5 payment gateways in Bangladesh under 5 banks. There is a transaction of Tk. 1000 crore every year in Bangladesh through e-commerce business.