Palak for ‘rural-to-national e-commerce ecosystem’ to connect world

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DHAKA, April 11, 2021(BSS) – State Minister for Information and Communication Technology Junaid Ahmed Palak today said e-commerce has been playing a vital role in the national economy and rural-to-national e-commerce ecosystem is needed to be connected with the world.

“Rural-to-national e-commerce ecosystem
is essential to the world which will be easier to create market and supply e-commerce products across the globe,” he said.

He was speaking as the chief guest at a seminar on “Cross-Border Policy, Trade Challenges and Opportunities” at the “Rural to Global E-Commerce Policy Conference 2021” organized by the E-Commerce Association of Bangladesh (E-CAB) on the digital platform, said a press release.

Earlier, Local Government Rural Development and Cooperatives Minister Tajul Islam inaugurated the e-commerce policy conference.

“Around11 crore consumers of the country have been able to be connected with e-commerce in the last 12 years due to the correct implementation of the directives of the Adviser to the Prime Minister on Information and Communication Technology Sajeeb Wazed,” Palak said.

“Three digital platforms –One-Pay, One-Service and One-Shop– have been launched at the initiative of A2I of the ICT department to connect product manufacturers and buyers,” he added.

Urging e-commerce entrepreneurs to use these platforms he said, “Three initiatives have created an opportunity to transact any service or product from the marginal to the international level.”

At the same time, he mentioned that e-government is good governance and e-commerce is a simultaneous address to meet the needs of the people.

The state minister assured loan assistance of up to Tk one crore to hundreds of e-CAB member entrepreneurs for transporting e-commerce goods by air at minimum prices and in equity share model.

He also highlighted the implementation of a plan to connect every family in the country to fix broadband internet.

Palak called upon all concerned to inspire new innovations in building a developed economy and knowledge-based society.

Senior Secretary of the ministry Dr Zafar Uddin, Director General of WTO cell Hafizur Rahman and Policy Adviser of Ministry of Commerce Anir Chowdhury attended the programme, among others, with President of e-CAB Shami Kaiser in the chair.