State Minister for ICT Division Zunaid Ahmed Palak today declared bdapps (www.bdapps.com), the country’s largest mobile application platform, as the National Application store.
The announcement was made at the agreement signing ceremony between the Robi and ICT division at the latter’s office, said a press release.
ICT Division Additional Secretary Dr Bikarna Kumar Ghosh and Robi’s Managing Director and CEO Mahtab Uddin Ahmed signed on the agreement on behalf of their respective organizations at BCC Auditorium, ICT Tower. This arrangement is for five years with the option of extension.
Palak said, from now on, app developers of other organizations and other mobile phone operators besides Robi will be able to upload their apps on this platform.
“All of our initiatives and projects are focusing on youth, ICT and employment. This agreement will facilitate the developers’ training through ICTD’s current training facilities and monetizing their skills through bdapps,” he said.
Palak said the government is planning to work with bdapps to facilitate the dynamic youth of the country to engage in digital innovation and planning.
The state minister hoped bdapps will be a great stepping stone for the young generation and entrepreneurs to make a carrier as a developer from all across the country.
He also hoped that not only Robi, but customers from other operators can also connect with bdapps to ensure all Bangladeshi mobile users can enjoy the innovative applications from Bangladeshi developers.
Ahmed Arman Siddiqui, Executive Vice President, Vas and New Business, Anamika Bhakta, Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Media Communications, Sharif Shah Jamal Raj, Vice President, Public Affairs and other officials were also present on the occasion.
The ICT division will work on income tax exemption for developers and the abolition of VAT on apps.
‘bdapps’ is the largest mobile application platform in Bangladesh.
Application developers can host their innovative applications in this platform and can sell it to the local mobile subscribers.
This partnership aims to help the country’s ICT innovation and entrepreneurship to develop faster.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)