A three-day exposition of ICT hardware will begin in Dhaka on October 18, organisers said yesterday.
Bangladesh Hi-Tech Park Authority and Bangladesh Computer Samity will jointly organise the Bangladesh ICT Expo, the largest hardware exhibition in the country, at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the capital.
The organisers announced the schedule of the event at a press conference at the auditorium of the ICT Division.
Firms will showcase products and the government will demonstrate its advancement in the field to attract new entrepreneurs.
The event will mark the entry of international online payment gateway PayPal to Bangladesh; Prime Minister's ICT Affairs Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy will announce the launch of the service on October 19.
Speaking at the briefing, State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak said the government has already tested the service at different banks.
PayPal's services will be available through nine banks, including Sonali and Rupali, on the first day of the inauguration, which will pave the way for hassle-free trans-borders electronic money transfers. “It will take only 40 minutes to receive money from any country,” Palak said.
Bangladesh's growing armies of freelances have long been demanding the service of PayPal.
Launched in 1998, PayPal is available in over 200 markets worldwide, and enables its accountholders to receive money in over 100 currencies, withdraw funds in 56 currencies and hold PayPal account balances in 25 currencies.
A number of local and international brands will take part in the exposition, which is open to visitors from 10am to 8pm.
Subir Kishore Choudhury, secretary of the ICT Division, Hosne Ara Begum, managing director of Bangladesh Hi-Tech Park Authority, and Ali Ashraf, president of Bangladesh Computer Samity, were present at the briefing.