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NTF III – Bangladesh

  • About the NTF III Bangladesh project


    Building on the NTF II programme and its lessons learned, the purpose of the Netherlands Trust Fund phase III programme is to increase the income of producers and exporters in specified sectors in selected priority developing countries, including Bangladesh and its Information Technology (IT) and IT-enabled services (ITES) industry.
    In the case of the NTF III Bangladesh project, the intended outcome is to enhance the export competitiveness of the IT&ITES industry, and generate new export revenues for the sector. This will be achieved in coordination with CBI’s Export Promotion Programme (ECP), and the matchmaking initiative of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Dhaka, undertaken in partnership with Nyenrode Business Universiteit. Moreover, to achieve this outcome, the project intends to:


    Firstly, improve the capacity of partner TSIs in providing services to SMEs in the IT & ITES industry

    The project will continue to strengthen institutional marketing and the managerial capacities of the partner trade support institutions (TSIs), the Bangladesh Association of Software & Information Services (BASIS), and the Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI). The project will also capacitate Bangladeshi foreign trade representatives as “Industry Ambassadors”. Moreover, the market intelligence and research capacities of BASIS will be strengthened, building on ITC’s and CBI’s complementary portfolios in this area. The project will also enhance entrepreneurship-support capacities to foster the growth of the industry, including improving access to finance in partnership with DCCI. Finally, NTF III Bangladesh will continue to reinforce the capacity of BASIS as an organization by setting-up professional management, business planning, and developing business models as well as a performance-management system.

    Secondly, increase the export capacity of selected IT & ITES SMEs

    The project will increase the export capacity of selected enterprises by extending and multiplying company training. CBI’s EXPRO training has been tailored to the sector and will be deployed through local trainers at the BASIS Training Institute for the benefit of NTF III selected enterprises and the other members of the IT association. The project will also work with a selected group of companies to advise them on growth strategies. Indeed, the ambitious industry goal of 1 billion USD in exports can only be achieved if medium-sized companies grow to significant scale through professionalization. This will also have significant follow-on effects for other smaller companies in the sector. Finally, the project will provide training on quality-certification planning.

    Thirdly, the project will expand business linkages in selected target markets

    The project will recruit 40 NTF III Bangladeshi companies in selected growth segments i.e. mobile, web and image processing, etc. NTF III Bangladesh will facilitate the segmentation and selection of companies through an Expression of Interest process. A light audit of selected companies at the beginning of the project will be carried out with the support of both partners. The project, leaded by BASIS, will undertake B2B matchmaking activities in predefined segments on specific markets. Marketing materials with success stories will be prepared, targeting particular niches in specific countries. Segment-specific B2B events on target markets, and trade-missions to SOFTEXPO will be organized.

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