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Inauguration of New Forum BAFCOM

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To create a fair competitive market in the country, to build an independent, sovereign, skilled and effective competitive commission and to open the opportunities for fair market competition among the private organizations; a new forum named BAFCOM has started its journey. Bangladesh Alliance for Fair Competition (BAFCOM) will be a non-profit organization and will run its operation with the participation of representatives from different sectors. Mustafa Jabbar has been announced as the Convener of the forum along with fifteen members of the convening committee.

On Wednesday (November 2, 2016), a press conference was arranged to start the official function of the forum, to announce the convening committee and to inform the details of the newly formed forum.

BAFCOM Convener and BASIS President Mustafa Jabbar moderated the session. Consumer Association of Bangladesh (CAB)’s Telecom and IT Committee Convener and MCCI’s IT Committee Chairman Habibullah N Karim, DCCI Vice-President Atique-E-Rabbani, Band Artist Maksudul Haque, TiE Dhaka Vice-President and Managing Director of Green Delta Insurance Farzana Chowdhury, Bdjobs CEO Fahim Mashrur, BACCO Secretary General Towhid Hossain, Bangladesh Mobile Phones Importers Association (BMPIA) President Ruhul Alam Al Mahbub, Junior Chamber International Bangladesh (JCI) Ex-President Mostafizur Rahman Sohel, Content Provider and Aggregators  Association of Bangladesh (CPAAB) President ATM Mahbubul Alam, Bangladesh Copyright and IP Forum Founding CEO Barrister ABM Hamidul Misbah and many others.

BAFCOM Convener and BASIS President Mustafa Jabbar said, “Bangladesh Alliance for Fair Competition (BAFCOM) is formed with the collaboration of BASIS, FBCCI, DCCI, MCCI, JCI Bangladesh, Bankers Association, Insurance Association, eCab, BACCO, ISPAB, Bangladesh Copyright and IP Forum, Bangladesh Innovation Forum, Music Industries and all other associations & forums of Bangladesh. Main focus of this forum is to confirm fair market competition among all sectors of Bangladesh. There are many organizations like Telco who are trying to do monopolies. Such monopoly business is the main barrier for small and medium entrepreneurs to establish. We do not want such monopoly. In order to remove such obstacles, we need proper laws, guidelines and awareness of concerned persons and BAFCOM will work on these issues. This forum will not only work in Telecom or IT industries, it will work to ensure fair competition and net neutrality among all sectors.  We will try to create fair market competition through the implementation of Competition Act 2012 and if required we will raise our voice at Government’s top level. We will not tolerate any kind of pressure from multinational companies for the sake of our local entrepreneurs.”

Consumer Association of Bangladesh (CAB)’s Telecom and IT Committee Convener and MCCI’s IT Committee Chairman Habibullah N Karim said, “BAFCOM is our combine effort to confirm consumer rights in Bangladesh. We do not want to be dependent on a bunch of monopoly. We have to work together in order to break the chain of such monopolies”.

 

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