Dhaka, Sep 20 (UNB)- Robi, a leading digital service provider of the country has recently signed a strategic agreement with iPay Systems Limited at the Robi Recreation Centre in Gulshan.
This unique partnership is set to unleash a fresh wave of enthusiasm in the rapidly growing digital economy of the country.
Robi’s Managing Director and CEO, Mahtab Uddin Ahmed and iPay Systems Limited’s Founder & CEO, Zakaria Swapan signed the agreement on behalf of their respective organizations.
The agreement enhances the utility of Robi’s digital payment gateway, RobiCash, as the Robi subscribers can now add cash into their RobiCash account through iPay.
This makes it very convenient to pay for products and services from the Robi websites, robishop, My Robi app, Robi Walk-in-Center, and while availing the benefits of any joint campaigns.
Dhaka, Sept 20 (UNB)- Alibaba Channel Partner in Bangladesh, Tradeshi Pty Ltd, signed a MoU with New Horizons Computer Learning Centre CLC of Bangladesh, aiming to strengthen global employability of ICT jobseekers.
This strategic partnership sees both entities work across the following areas: (1) Mentoring, Prepping & Placement of candidates with technical certification in employment at local and international companies, (2) Development of "Digital Export Marketing" and "Digital B2B Marketing" curriculum, and (3) Collaboration on developing new techniques to place technically certified job seekers in positions with promising companies (eg. hiring events, hackathons, incubators, accelerators, etc.), said a press release
"As a nation, we must prepare for the Fourth Industrial Revolution," said Shadab Parvez, Founder and MD of Tradeshi Pty Ltd.
“Industrial automation and disproportionate labour wage-to-productivity increase is already seeing a growing number of manufacturing companies lay off workers.There will be a time when tens of thousands of ex-garments workers will be destitute, if we don't act quickly to develop strong technical capability in digitisation of this industry and beyond,” he added.
"We have been working with hundreds of export-oriented local and international firms for the last three and a half years", said chairman of Tradeshi Rajib Hossain.
"Tradeshi is organically developing an executive search and recruitment functionality, where companies of all sizes will soon be able to offload their recruitment processes to us," said Shadab.
"We envision our work will help reduce unemployment rate of tertiary-educated jobseekers, which is disproportionately higher than the national average at over 13%, and we believe New Horizons CLC of Bangladesh is only partner that will help us achieve this objective", Shadab added.
With 300 centers in 70 countries, New Horizons Computer Learning Center is the largest independent IT Training Provider in the world, delivering more courses than any other IT training company.
As a learning solutions provider for many of the industry's top vendors, such as Microsoft and Cisco, New Horizons Dhaka is positioned to offer the latest authorized curriculum delivered by certified instructors to keep you on the cutting edge of technology, said the release.
Dhaka, Sep 20 (UNB) - A day-long training workshop on implementation of Sharia in Al-Arafah Islami Bank Limited (AIBL) was held recently at a local hotel in Chittagong.
The training programme was organised by Al-Arafah Islami Bank Training and Research Institute (AIBTRI) and Chittagong zone.
Md Abul Hossain Al-Azhari, Member of Sharia Supervisory Committee inaugurated the program as chief guest.
The workshop was presided by Mohammad Azam, Senior Vice President and Zonal Head of AIBL Chittagong zone where Md Abdur Rahim Khan, Vice President and Secretary of Sharia Supervisory Committee were special guests.
Officials working in different branches of Chittagong zone participated in the workshop.
Dhaka, Sept 20 (UNB) - Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed on Thursday said the government will take necessary initiative to sign free trade agreement (FTA) with Vietnam and other potential countries.
He also said Bangladesh is moving faster in terms of trade and commerce comparing to other Saarc and South Asian countries.
The Commerce Minister made the remarks while officially inaugurating president's executive floor of Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) on the occasion of celebrating 60 years of DCCI at its own building in Motijheel.
Tofail said recently the government has raised the minimum monthly wage for the garment workers to Tk. 8,000 from the existing Tk 5,300 with effect from December next.
On this issue, the Minister told the businessmen not to be worried about it as the government is thinking to reduce cost of doing business by slashing source tax and taking other initiatives.
He said for doing business in congenial atmosphere is a must and now is the best time to invest more in industries.
DCCI President Abul Kasem Khan said that due to having long term policy planning our economy is experiencing a developing trend which is a good sign for attracting foreign direct investment.
He said DCCI is going to hold an international conference titled "Destination Bangladesh" in the next month to expose Bangladesh's strength of attracting investments.
He also said that in order to attract investment in the country we have to invest in infrastructure development.
DCCI former Presidents Rashed Maksud Khan, Matiur Rahman, ASM Quasem, Aftabul Islam, Asif Ibrahim, Senior Vice President Kamrul Islam, FCA, Directors Engr. Akber Hakim, Hossain A Sikder, Imran Ahmed, Mohammad Basiruddin, Salim Akhter Khan, SM Zillur Rahman, former Senior Vice Presidents and former vice presidents were also present.
Washington, Sep 20 (AP/UNB) — U.S. and Canadian negotiators — facing a deadline at the end of the month — will extend until at least Thursday their negotiations to keep Canada in a North American trade bloc.
After her second meeting of the day with U.S. Trade Rep. Robert Lighthizer, Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland told reporters they plan to keep talking on Thursday.
"Our officials now have more work to do and will continue to work this evening. Ambassador Lighthizer and I agreed to meet again tomorrow," she said Wednesday evening.
President Donald Trump began negotiations last year to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico.
The U.S. and Mexico reached a preliminary deal last month designed in part to shift more auto production to the United States. But Canada wasn't part of that agreement. Freeland is trying to get America's No. 2 trading partner back into the trade bloc.
The countries are under pressure to reach a deal by the end of the month when Lighthizer must make public a copy of the full text of the agreement with Mexico. Until then, he has wriggle room to reinstate Canada.
Among other things, the negotiators are battling over Canada's high dairy tariffs and policies meant to keep the country's culture from being overwhelmed by U.S. movies and television. Canada also wants to keep a dispute-resolution process that was part of NAFTA; the Trump administration wants U.S. courts to have jurisdiction.
Trump considers NAFTA, which took effect in 1994, a job-killing disaster for the United States. The agreement tore down most trade barriers between the U.S., Canada and Mexico, leading to a surge in trade, but it encouraged U.S. automakers and other manufacturers to move south of the border to take advantage of low-wage Mexican labor.
Trump has said he wants to go ahead with a revamped NAFTA — with or without Canada. It is unclear, however, whether Trump has authority from Congress to pursue a revamped NAFTA with only Mexico, and some lawmakers say they won't go along with a deal that leaves Canada out.
But others are also turning up the heat on Canada.
"Members are concerned that Canada does not seem to be ready or willing to make the concessions that are necessary for a fair and high-standard agreement," House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., said in a statement this week. "While we would all like to see Canada remain part of this three-country coalition, there is not an unlimited amount of time for it to be part of this new agreement."
In Ottawa, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canadian negotiators would continue to defend the country's agricultural policies.
"Our team is down in Washington right now digging in," he said. "We've been very clear that we're interested in what could be a good deal for Canada, but we're going to need to see a certain amount of movement in order to get there."