Bangladesh Institute of ICT in Development (BIID) recently launched an online market place for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to offer market linkage facility and provide information and advisory services. MSMEs will get access to this service by using telecentres established all over over the country, specially in the rural Bangladesh.
The portal will facilitate rural businesses e.g. artisans, traditional craftsmen etc. and also promote MSME business by providing information and advisory services such as banking advice, how to set up and operate a business, how to access finance, sourcing and input information, technology information etc. Businesses will be able to access this portal through telecenters or from any internet enabled access point.
Prof. Jamilur Reza Chowdhury, former advisor and vice chancellor, BRAC University, as chief guest inaugurated the site while KAM Morshed, assistant country director, UNDP was present as special guest. The ceremony was chaired by Dr. Asaduzzaman, research director and chairman of BIDS and Md Shahid Uddin Akbar, CEO of BIID was the key note presentor on the occassion.
Prof Jamilur Reza Choudhury commended the use of Bangla in the portal. “If this initiative is effectively combined with e-krishok, it will do wonders for the rural ICT sector development,” he said.
BIID have launched the service with a new brand “SHIKOR” with the “Made in CHT” label for products from Chittagong Hill Tracts region. In the near future they hope to expand to include products from other regions.