প্রতিমন্ত্রী জুনাইদ আহমেদ |ছবি: সংগৃহীত।

আইসিটি টাওয়ারে তথ্যপ্রযুক্তি বিভাগের প্রতিমন্ত্রী ও কর্মকর্তাদের সঙ্গে এক বৈঠকে অংশ নেয় আমাজনের একটি প্রতিনিধিদল। 17/07/2019
প্রতিমন্ত্রী বলেছেন, ‘তারা বাংলাদেশে আসবে কি না, তা নির্ভর করবে তাদের ইচ্ছা ও আমাদের নীতির ওপর।’


Amazon, an American e-commerce giant, yesterday formally wanted to source goods from Bangladesh for its global buyers with flexible terms that will require amending a number of regulations on external trade including the foreign exchange regulations.

In making the sourcing process easier as desired by Amazon, it called for liberalizing the country’s foreign exchange regulations and customs policy so that local exporters can sell their products to global clients using the Amazon platform through a unique mode of transaction.

Mr. Gagan Deep Sagor, Category Manager, International Expansion of Amazon, made the request at a meeting with the State Minister for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) at his office at the secretariat.

Under the proposed mode of financial transaction, Bangladeshi exporters have to keep their goods at Amazon warehouses in the USA. After any product is sold out, Bangladeshi exporters will get the prices from Amazon, after adjusting commission.

Mr. Palak said the Amazon proposed financial transaction would be a boon for small exporters.

“Usually exports are done by big companies, as small entrepreneurs in most cases cannot enter into the export market as they do not have buyers for their products and lack capacity to open Letters of Credit (LCc) ,”  Mr. Zunaid Ahmed Palak told reporters after the meeting.

“We are thinking of creating opportunity for small manufacturers through accessing the global markets using online platform.”

In the meeting, Amazon representative urged the junior minister to make friendly policies so that small entrepreneurs can enter the global markets, particularly the consumers of the US and the Europe through Amazon platform, it was learned.

“We are thinking to bring small entrepreneurs under the export regime through a different business model, which ultimately would diversify our exports,” he added.

The junior minister hoped the country’s exports could be doubled, if opportunity was created for small entrepreneurs.

“The Amazon encourages manufacturers to sell products directly on amazon.com as it intends to pay more to producers,” said Mahfuzur Rahman, CEO and Founder of Tech Rajshahi.   Mahfuz is coordinating this issue here for Amazon.    

Elaborating,   he said if a manufacturer made profit to the tune $0.2 through selling a product for $4.20 to a brand,  his profit would be multiplied if he directly sold the same item to buyers through Amazon platform.

In the meeting, issues relating to foreign exchange policy and  banking payment system were discussed  to ensure direct selling through virtual platform, said Rahman. 

The meeting also discussed how the government and Amazon can work together on creating workforce and knowledge among the makers, he added.