The largest software and IT exhibition of Bangladesh has kicked off.
Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith inaugurated the five-day BASIS SoftExpo- 2011 on Tuesday at Banglabandhu International Conference Centre.
Organised by Bangladeshi software developers, the exhibition will remain open from 10 am to 8pm.
Muhith lamented the software firms' dependence on foreign experts. "This needs to be changed."
Muhith said the government was thinking about establishing a number of firms to help information technology flourish. But "the organisations need to maintain a 'working relationship' with the government," he added.
Commerce Minister Faruk Khan, state minister for ICT Yasef Osman, president of BASIS Mahbub Zaman and director of access to information project under pm's office Nazrul Islam Khan also spoke at the program.
120 organizations from home and abroad are participating in the event in seven different zones.
The five-day long exhibition includes 20 seminars, different technical sessions, notun protivar Khoj (search for new talents), IT job fair and IT innovation search program.
The entry fee has been fixed at 30 taka. But Student having ID card will enter free of charge