We all started the day with a lot of tasks. A representative from World Bank’s ICT Unit to visit DevsTeam Institute Office (one of our sister concerns, where we work for Bangladeshi freelancers to develop their skill). It was scheduled just 2 days ago and we had to do some formalities to receive him. We were excited as this is the first time any representative from an international organization like World Bank are coming to visit us.
He came to our office at 11.30 am and explained why he is in Bangladesh now, What World Bank wants to do here and how they can make their plan happen successfully. According to his discussion, World Bank is planning to start a special project to assist Bangladeshi Freelancers to develop their skill. They have already launched a joint program with ICT Ministry of Bangladesh to develop the ICT sector of the country and want to broad it to develop freelancer’s skill too.
General Secretary of Bangladesh Open Source Network Munir Hasan said, There are lots of educated young people in Bangladesh who will be able to start their career in freelance marketplaces successfully. But, this requires proper training and resources. He emphasizes on organizing various skill development training for young people live outside Dhaka.
Country Managers of various Freelance Marketplaces showed the present scenario of Freelancing Sectors of Bangladesh, the problems and possibilities to World Bank representative.
After the meeting, Mr. Seu Cheu Quake met some of our trainees at DevsTeam Institute and talked various issues of Freelancing Sectors of Bangladesh, Their expectation and how DevsTeam Institute is helping them. He appreciated the initiatives by DevsTeam Institute to provide skill development facilities of Bangladeshi freelancers.
Thank you Seu Cheu Quake for your appreciation and visiting us today!
I would also like to thank Mahmud Hasan Sunny, Country Ambassador of oDesk in Bangladesh, Mr. Saidur Mamun Khan, Country Business Development Manager of Elance Bangladesh and Nabila Khurshid, Country manager of Freelancer.com for attending on the meeting.
Hopefully, the project update will be announced officially soon and I promise you to update you just after getting it! If you are a freelancer and working from Bangladesh, Please let us know your expectation to World Bank by commenting! Don’t miss to add if you have any suggestion on how we all can develop the sector and engage more people to freelancing.