War offers more Canadian work for local freelancers

Says an expert
Opportunities for Bangladeshi freelancers have widened in the Canadian outsourcing market since the start of the Russia-Ukraine war, according to a joint working group on strengthening commercial relations.
Most Canadian companies used to hire freelancers from India, Russia and Ukraine, said Nuzhat Tam Zaman, co-chair of the Canada-Bangladesh Joint Working Group, a public-private platform for trade negotiation, at a virtual meeting on Tuesday.
The work was on web development, social media management, digital content production and other information technology enabled services (ITES), she said. But the Russia-Ukraine war has opened the window for Bangladeshi freelancers to enter the Canadian market, Zaman said.
Jashim Uddin, president of the Federation of the Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) and another co-chair of the group, said over six lakh skilled Bangladeshi freelancers were working in the global outsourcing market.
He urged Canadian companies to invest in waste management, including through power generation, as the country has a number of reputed companies in this field.
Syed Almas Kabir, an FBCCI director and a member of the committee, called upon Canadian investors to set up factories and produce solar panels in Bangladesh.
During the meeting, both sides stressed on the need for trade missions to boost bilateral trade and commerce.
Thomas Timmins from Canada delivered a presentation on renewable energy while EH Arefin Ahmed from Bangladesh gave a presentation on the pharmaceutical industry of Bangladesh.

– With The Daily Star input

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