About IBPC
ICT Business Promotion CouncilMinistry of Commerce
Information and Communications technology (ICT) has enormous potential for Bangladesh in furthering her sustainable development and achieving competitive position in the global market. It might be of noted that besides opening up new horizons of possibilities, Information technology goes a long way in creating a level playing field in the global economic setting. In recent years Bangladesh earned a rapid growth in ICT export.

Government of Bangladesh has declared ICT sector as one of the "highest priority sector" for its immense potential inherent. Export Policy 2009-12 also puts emphasis on the scrotal development of the exportable goods with a view to diversify exports. To realize this objective, one of the strategies designed in the National Export Policy is the formation of the product based Business Promotion Councils, implementing of this strategy lead to form ICT Business Promotion Council (IBPC) under the auspices of the Commerce Ministry in the year 2003. The uniqueness of the Council bears the testimony of having partnership between the private sector and the government under Companies Act, 1994 as a limited company. In addition, the present Government has set a vision for having a Digital Bangladesh by 2021.

Since it’s inception in 2003, ICT Business Promotion Council (IBPC) is working hand on hand with the industry for building capacity in the fields of knowledge acquiring and dissemination, quality and productivity improvement through human recourses development, awareness building, sending market promotion teams & delegations abroad, organizing ICT fairs at home, monitoring issues related to productivity, quality, compliance, technology trends etc. Besides, IBPC have several training and awareness programmes aimed at domestic capacity building of the industry.

Key ICT Information of Bangladesh

History of Software Development in Bangladesh

Software development in Bangladesh started in the early 1980s. The software industry is rather young compared with other industries in Bangladesh. However, the history of the software industry is not so short compared with that of other developing countries. Most of the software companies in Bangladesh were established in the late 1990s or 2000s, but some of them had already started their business in early 80s.

However, the Bangladeshi government, in its Export Policy, has formally identified the ICT sector including software industry as one of the "thrust sectors", thereby strengthening the political initiatives of software industry from the middle of 1990s. Examples of such initiatives are exemption of income tax, value-added tax, and customs duty for ICT industry, establishment of national ICT policy, organizing the ICT National Taskforce (the chair is the Prime Minister), establishment of ICT incubation center, enactment of Copyright Law, approval of ICT Act draft in the parliament, increase in IT budget allocation by the government (targeting 2% of annual development plan expenditure), and others. With the support of such political initiatives, the software industry in Bangladesh has grown rapidly since 1990s. Bangladesh has recently been focused by other countries as an outsourcing target. The European Union (EU) officially announced that Bangladesh is one of the best 20 outsourcing target countries. Further, Goldman Sachs & Co. positioned Bangladesh at one of "Next Eleven," which are potentially growing countries following Brazil, Russia, India, and China (BRICs). Some American or European companies have regarded Bangladesh as software outsourcing target country or Bangladeshi software companies as a joint-venture partner. As a global outsourcing target, Bangladesh is competing with other emerging competitors such as the Philippines, China, Viet Nam etc.