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BASIS awards to the best 99 individuals and organizations

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Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS) organized the 7th Basis Outsourcing Award 2021. BASIS Outsourcing Award Ceremony was held on Bangladesh Film Archive Multipurpose Auditorium, presided over by BASIS President Mr. Syed Almas Kabir.

Mr. Zunaid Ahmed Palak, Hon’ble State Minister of Information and Communication Technology DIvision attended the event as the Chief Guest, Ms. Farhana A. Rahman, Convener of BASIS Outsourcing Award 2021 and Senior Vice President, BASIS, Mr.  Shoeb Ahmed Masud, Vice-President (Admin), BASIS, Mr. Arfan Ali, President & Managing Director, Bank Asia, Mr. Md. Zia Arfin, Senior Executive, Bank Asia and Syed Mohammad Kamal, Country Director, MasterCard Bangladesh.  

This time, the activities of BASIS Outsourcing Award 2021 started on October 27, 2021, through registration and continued till November 18, 2021. During this time, more than 1400, individuals and companies registered for the BASIS Outsourcing Award 2021. Among these, a total of 99 companies and individuals are awarded in 7 categories through a step-by-step screening process by an experienced judiciary.

At the company level, 20 awards are given, and 79 at the individual level. At the company level, 5 awards are given in the Outsourcing Company category, 5 in the Startup category, and 10 in the Export Excellence category. At the individual level, awards were given to 63 people from 63 districts, 5 women in the individual women’s category, 10 top national outsourcers, and 1 especially abled person.

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The BASIS Outsourcing Award-2021 was organized in recognition of professional activities in various sectors of technology services, with the aim of implementing Digital Bangladesh by the government and eliminating unemployment through the use of technology by encouraging individuals and organizations. 

Bank Asia was the Platinum Sponsor of BASIS Outsourcing Award-2021 and MasterCard, IBPC and LICT were in overall collaboration.

As the chief guest at the award ceremony, Mr. Zunaid Ahmed Palak, MP, State Minister of Information and Communication Technology Division said that Freelancers need to be motivated in such a way that the next generation is encouraged to see them. He said that we need funding for entrepreneurship, but not with traditional funding. He urged banks to take separate initiatives for youth. Besides, the government has taken a new initiative for women entrepreneurs called She-Power. He said the government wants to create at least 1 lakh freelancers as entrepreneurs by 2025 and called on freelancers to submit their proposals through BASIS. Business incubation centers will soon be established in all the universities. And the government is creating self-employment development project design with the success stories of the youth of the country.

Mr. Syed Almas Kabir, President, BASIS said that The government has set a target of 5 billion in export revenue by 2025. Achieving the stated target has already introduced 10% cash incentive on the income earned in this sector. I request to increase this cash incentive to 20%. BASIS is working closely with the government to find new markets. He said that in order to expand the international market, public-private initiatives need to be strengthened to innovate new products and services as well as to develop their own skills. In the implementation of the Digital Bangladesh Vision, the issues that our domestic software and software services are already being used successfully need to be taken to other countries of the world. BASIS has been requesting the government in this regard. This is because the cooperation of the government along with BASIS is essential in taking appropriate initiatives to expand the international market to achieve the export targets. Aiming at the Fourth Industrial Revolution, he called on the competitors to come together and make a million dollars by forming a small outsourcing company.

Ms. Farhana A. Rahman, Senior Vice-President of BASIS said that Technology is advancing and we need to develop skills in the same way. One of the aims of the event was to make visible and recognizing those working in remote areas, highlighting their contribution to exports, so that those who are personally freelancing can become entrepreneurs by creating companies. He added that the BASIS Outsourcing Award will continue every year at the initiative of BASIS to encourage individuals and organizations involved in outsourcing. 

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The winners in the outsourcing company category are BJIT Limited; Servicing Limited; Craftsman Lee; MD Infotech; Backbone Limited. 

The winners in the startup category are Appnap Technologies Limited; Arafin Media; Cutting edger; Thematic; Creativitix Software Ltd. 

The winners in the Export Excellence category are Secure Link Services Bangladesh Limited; Brain Station 23 Limited; Cefalo Bangladesh Ltd.; GraphicPeople Limited; W3 Engineers Ltd. Monster Lab Bangladesh Limited; ixora Solutions Ltd. Data exchange A. R. Communications and esteem soft limited.

At the individual District level, the 63 winners from 63 districts are FM Rifatul Alam; Md. Mahibullah Al Mamun; Sujit Krishna Kundu; Md. Mizanur Rahman; Md. Nazmul Haque; Md. Russell Mia; Md. Harunur Rashid; MD Nasir Ahmed; Rahat Ahmed; Enamul Haque; MD Ziaul Haque; Nazmul Kabir; Md. Nazmus Shakib; Md. Mahamudul Hasan; Syed Mashiur Rahman; Abdullah Al Farooq; Md. Rakibul Hasan; Sabbir Ahmed Robin; Zahirul Islam; Shahnoor; Bilal Islam; Khalid Hassan; MD Faisal Mridha Rony; MD Mahfuzur Rahman; Md. Atiyar Rahman; Sumon Kanti Das; Kazi Rashedul Islam; Md. Arifur Rahman; Mahfuz Mohammad Lutful Yazdani; Md. Tanvir Hasan; Masood Kamal Zeeshan; MD Rajib Hossain; Abir Mahmud; Sajal Kumar Sarkar; Srivijaya Chauhan; Jewel Rana; Nusrat Jahan Lashkar; KM Sayem; Mohammad Nazmul Hasan Akand; GM Rabbul Hasan; Kaushik Biswas; Md. Masud Rana; Sumon Chandra Saha; Md. Masum Pramanik; Jewel Rana; Md. Raihan Mia; Aftab Hossain; Sushant Kumar Chowdhury; Sajeda Sultana; Sadi Rahman; Md. Alsan Sharia; Abdullah Al Faisal; Farzuk Ahmed; Aslam Mia; Arif Hossain. 

The winners in the women’s category are Suchana Akhter; Nahid Akter; Umm Habiba Nazneen; Jannatul Ferdous; Sabina Akhter. 

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The top 10 national winners are Md. Shakil Hossain; MD Selim Reza Babul; Moin Uddin Ahmed; MD Sohail Rana; Monirul Islam; KH Musfiqur Rahman Memo; Rokon government; Faisal Ahmed; Md. Saifullah bin Ashraf; God bless you. 

One of the specially capable winners is Anik Mahmud.

One of the main objectives of the BASIS Outsourcing Award is to encourage individuals and organizations to achieve the government’s 5 billion export target by 2025 and to implement Digital Bangladesh. Besides, those who are now engaged in outsourcing work at the individual level should be able to directly participate in the progress of building a digital Bangladesh by forming a company as an entrepreneur in the near future. Because the companies are now able to take advantage of the 10% cash incentive that the government is giving on export earnings.

In recent years, a large number of talented entrepreneurs and individuals have created jobs through outsourcing services and are making significant contributions to the country and society by earning foreign exchange.

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Joy to distribute Joy Bangla Youth Award tomorrow

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Prime Minister’s ICT Adviser and CRI Chairman Sajeeb Wazed Joy will announce the Joy Bangla Youth Award 2023 winners at a ceremony in Savar, on the outskirts of the capital, tomorrow.

The country’s biggest youth award giving ceremony, recognising the efforts of young visionaries to turn around their communities, will kick off at 2:20pm at Sheikh Hasina National Institute of Youth Development at Savar.

This year marks the seventh edition of the ceremony. The event will be aired live on private television channels in addition to its broadcast on the Facebook pages of print, electronic, and digital media. CRI, the ruling Awami League’s research wing, will air the event live on its Facebook page.

The award will be given in six categories after selection from more than 750 applications from all over the country.

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According to Young Bangla, the country’s largest youth platform which organizes the event, the field visit was done after scrutinizing the applications initially received this year. From there, the names of the final winners will be announced.

The award recognizes the best youth organizations in Bangladesh for their humanitarian work and contribution to society. The biggest youth platform Young Bangla has been hosting Joy Bangla Youth Award since 2015.

In the previous six seasons, 145 youth-led organizations have been honored through this award. Along with that, their success story has been presented to the people of Bangladesh.

This year, the awards are given to organizations of people aged 18 to 35 in six categories. The categories are skills and employment, arts and culture, community well-being, social inclusion, climate and environmental innovation and communication. Organizations under this category include women empowerment, child rights, empowerment of persons with disabilities, empowerment of backward people, employment and innovation, creativity and entertainment, knowledge and capacity development, empowerment of the extreme poor, environment and climate change, health care, socio-cultural initiatives, disasters risk reduction and emergency service delivery.

Young Bangla is currently working as the largest youth platform with more than 300 organizations in addition to the organizations that received the Joy Bangla Youth Award.
 
Along with these organizations, more than 50 thousand volunteers and more than 3 lakh members are associated with Young Bangla. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina became a member of Young Bengal in May 2022.

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Since its inception in November 2014, Joy Bangla Youth Award, named after the historical pro-liberation slogan ‘Joy Bangla’, Young Bangla, the youth front of CRI, has been awarding young people of organisations run by young people whose vision and initiatives catalysed positive change in society.

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World Bank Helps 900,000 Rural Youth in Bangladesh with Better Employability and Entrepreneurial Opportunities

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The government of Bangladesh and the World Bank today signed a $300 million financing agreement to equip about 900,000 economically disengaged rural youth with skills and alternative education needed for employment and entrepreneurship. About 60 percent of them will be female.

The Economic Acceleration and Resilience for NEET (EARN) Project will help overcome barriers that prevent disadvantaged and vulnerable youth from gaining education and employment. It will provide skills training, alternative education, employment, and entrepreneurial support to rural youth who are not in education, employment, or training (NEET). The project will establish vocational training centers to offer a range of skills development opportunities and provide online and offline training courses in market-driven and futuristic trades. They will be in locations convenient to rural youth, especially female. It will also and offer competitive financing and mentorship support for entrepreneurial activities. It will help secondary school dropouts, particularly female students to complete vocational secondary education. 

“The youth are the future of any country. Creating a well-equipped competitive workforce, where no young person is excluded, is a critical development priority for Bangladesh,” said Abdoulaye Seck, World Bank Country Director for Bangladesh and Bhutan“The project will help develop a competitive workforce through skill development, continuity of education, and employment opportunities while addressing underlying cultural and social norms that drive exclusion, particularly for women, people with disabilities, and ethnic minorities.”

In Bangladesh, about 27 percent of youth that is about 12.6 million people are classified as NEET. About 90 percent of them are female, mostly living in rural areas. To enhance their employability, the project will offer skills development training for a wide range of market-relevant trades with an emphasize on modern and non-traditional trades, especially for women.

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For secondary school dropped-out youth and adolescents, the project will provide access to Bangladesh Open University education programs through an accelerated curriculum. They will be able to access diploma-level technical education in fields such as nursing, medical technology, agricultural food processing and other courses. To support entrepreneurship, the project will provide seed financing, mentorship, and other relevant supports to the new entrepreneurs. 

 “The government placed high priority on economically engaging the youth, particularly female and disadvantaged ones, who are not in education or employment through skill development,” said Sharifa Khan, Secretary, Economic Relations Division, Government of Bangladesh“This project is aligned with the Eighth Five-Year Plan 2021-2025 and support the country’s graduation from LDC status in 2026 and the vision 2041. It will support the government plans and policies by establishing a comprehensive support mechanism for economic engagement of the rural NEET youth, including the persons with disabilities, and segment of the population with special needs, which is essential.”

To create a supportive environment for youth to participate in skill development activities, the project will launch communications and awareness-raising campaigns and involve the communities in planning and monitoring the project activities. It will also provide incentives in terms of stipend, examination fees, and textbooks to motivate the youth, especially women. It will also promote sports and cultural activities and provide psychosocial support to youth.

The agreement was signed by Sharifa Khan and Abdoulaye Seck on behalf of the Government and the World Bank, respectively. 

The concessional credit is from the World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA) and has a 30-year term, including a five-year grace period. 

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Bangladesh currently has the largest ongoing IDA program totaling $15.86billion. The World Bank was among the first development partners to support Bangladesh and has committed about $40 billion in grants, interest-free and concessional credits to the country since its independence.

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Bangladeshi Nabanita in Forbes’ 30 under 30 Toronto list

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Nabanita Nawar, a Bangladeshi researcher and entrepreneur residing in Canada, has recently been featured in the Forbes’ ’30 Under 30 Local: Toronto’ list. This is the popular business magazine’s first-ever list of this kind, and she is the only Bangladeshi to be featured. The list is a part of Forbes’ local series where they attempt to highlight the bright minds from major cities across the world.

Nabanita is the co-founder of HDAX Therapeutics, a company pioneering the development of the treatment for peripheral neuropathy, a condition that affects over 30 million people globally. Due to nerve damage brought on by chemotherapy, diabetes, injury, or genetics, peripheral neuropathy patients experience discomfort, loss of sensation, immobility, and paralysis. Presently, the advancement of the disease cannot be slowed down, stopped, or reversed by medication. According to their progress so far, patients could receive doses of HDAX by 2025.
“I am very grateful, and honoured, to be a part of this prestigious list,” Nabanita shared in a conversation with The Daily Star. She added, “While it is very challenging to be working at the forefront of innovation, it is definitely a fulfilling and rewarding experience.”

The Forbes ’30 Under 30 Local 2023: Toronto’ list also included Pimyupa Manaswiyoungkul, another co-founder of HDAX Therapeutics who serves as chief operating officer (COO), while Nabanita is the company’s CEO. The company has collaborated with leading cancer research facilities from all across the world and has submitted several patent applications. It was built on the foundation of five years of academic research at the University of Toronto and has raised more than $800,000 in funding so far.

Nabanita graduated from the University of Toronto with a PhD in medicinal chemistry and a BSc in biological science. She has over eight years of experience in the fields of scientific policy, leadership, and drug discovery. Due to her work in this area, she was honoured with the ‘2022 Rising Star’ distinction from the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research. She was also awarded the ‘Canadian Silver Medal’ from the Chemical Institute of Canada.

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According to Forbes, Toronto is the pulse of Canada’s business and tech life, and has been called the next Silicon Valley. In this first-of-its-kind list, Forbes outlines Toronto as a city renowned for its entrepreneurial and multicultural spirit, as well as world-class educational institutes. Other inclusions in the list include personalities from many different areas, including tech, science, sports, and arts.

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