Some 87 entities were recognised at '6th BASIS Outsourcing Award 2020' for their outstanding performance in outsourcing industry in last one year.
The awards were given in five categories-seven each in outsourcing organisation and start-up categories, 16 in export excellence, 54 at district level and three in women category, said a press release.
Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS) organised the outsourcing award ceremony at a hotel in the city's Kurmitola area on Saturday evening after a five-year break.
Prime minister's private industry and investment adviser Salman F Rahman addressed the programme as the chief guest while state minister for ICT Division Zunaid Ahmed Palak and chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on Ministry of Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology AKM Rahmatullah spoke as the special guests at the event presided over by BASIS president Syed Almas Kabir.
Delivering his speech, Mr Rahman said 3,800 unions have already been brought under fibre optic coverage while the rest of the unions will be brought under coverage soon.
"We have to focus on developing skills just the way technology is developing," he said, adding that the ICT sector should not only concentrate on export but also needs to focus on meeting the demands within the country.
For that the government is establishing ICT centres in each district to take the country forward, he added.
As part of recognising freelancers, Mr Palak said 'virtual cards' will be given to ICT freelancers from ICT Division to help them recover their identity crises.
They will also be able to avail various facilities using the cards, he added.
The BASIS president said, "Currently, Bangladesh ranks second in the world in readymade garment (RMG) export but due to the fourth industrial revolution, cheap labour will no longer be an advantage for us."
Relying on just RMG export will not be enough, he said. Mr Kabir also noted that BASIS Outsourcing Award-2020 was organised to encourage individuals and organisations in achieving the government's target of earning US$5.0 billion by 2025.
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