Friday, March 23, 2007

BRACNet-GP Business Finder

BRACNet in collaboration with Grameen Phone (largest GSM service provider in Bangladesh- A Telenor Subsidiary) has launched a new program where you can find many SMEs in Bangladesh. The program is called bracNet-GP Business Finder. This program is still in beta stage as stated on the site.

This program will support Grameen Phone (GP) users to get Yellow Pages support for its subscribers. In that view, they have also made a mobile version of the bracNet-GP Business Finder, which GP believes will help their Business Solution users.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Bangladesh Woven Garments & Apparels SME Directory

The Garments Industry in Bangladesh is experiencing a viral growth. Government Policy, congenial environment, and most of all immense & growing world demand for Bangladeshi garments or human resource. This success is attracting several parties like: raw material exporters, technology vendors, textile investors, and a lot of other who are directly or indirectly related with the Garments & Apparel Industry of Bangladesh.

At present, it is obvious that 1 out of 3 SME is either directly related to the Garments or Apparel Industry of Bangladesh or falling somewhere in their supply chain. Before the split of Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers & Exporters Association (BKMEA),
Bangladesh Garments Manufacturer & Exporters Association (BGMEA) was a large Trade Association representing almost all the textile/garments/apparel manufacturers
& exporters in Bangladesh.
However, currently BGMEA represent the largest Association of only Woven Garments and Apparels Industry of Bangladesh.

BGMEA sponsors a trade portal named The portal lists Woven Garments & Apparels Manufacturers, Dealers, Exporters, Stockiest, Raw Materials & Accessories Suppliers, and Buying Houses. The links to specific directories to search SMES are:

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Global Trade & Technology Network (GTN)

The abreviation of Global Trade & Technology Network should have been GTTN or GT&TN. The reason it is named GTN, because it was previously named Global Technology Network (GTN). The objective of GTN was to transfer US technology from the USA to the LDCs and Developing Countries.

But, after a study, the consultants found that, if GTN can help the LDCs and Developing Countries for export and import then the demand for US technology can be enhanced. It is kind of a after sales service, where the technology providers also tell where you can market your product made by their machines. Believing this fact, The Global Technology Network (GTN) turned into Global Trade & Technology Network. But, the brand name GTN was so popular that, the authorities could not change the abbreviation.

US-GTN was previously managed by the fund of USAID. Recently, from the start of 2005, USAID stopped funding. But, GTN did not stop functioning. It is currently manage by its successor - International Business Linkages (IBL). I was involved with GTN for a year and registered about 250 companies myself. The Bangladeshi database in GTN is not quite good in terms of quantity. However, the directory is one of the best quality directory in Bangladesh. To approve each SME in this directory. I had to visit each company and assess 3 things:

1. Their legal existence through trade license, VAT certificate, TIN Certificate, Certificate of Incorporation,
2. Their physical existence through visiting their premises
3. Their capability to either import or export through Export or Import Certificates

To utilize the directory, you need to be a member of GTN. Currently, GTN is not limited to LDCs or Developing Countries. They constantly increasing the number of countries. They also have affiliates in several countries, through whom they can offer business linking services offline and beyond the GTN platform.

The directory is probably one of the best directories in the world for Jute Fiber Exporters, low cost apparel exporters, and handicrafts exporters from Bangladesh. However, in my career life with GTN, I found no harmony or traceable trend in Importers of Bangladesh.

Saturday, April 02, 2005

Business info Bangladesh

Asif Anwar: Business info Bangladesh is a trade & business directory as well as a B2B trade portal of Bangladesh with latest business & trade information.

Yellow Pages BD.COM

Asif Anwar: YellowPagesBD.COM is a quick business directory to search for SMEs in Bangladesh.

Bangladesh Yellow Pages - Business Directory of Bangladesh

Bangladesh Yellow Pages contains list of several SMEs. They also sell printed directories regarding international trade.

Velki Bangladesh Business & Information Portal.

Asif Anwar: Velki is a popular Business & Information Portal in Bangladesh. Velki also includes the a yellow pages directory, list of several other directories, and list of yellowpages enlisting Bangladeshi SMEs.

Bangladesh Trade Info

Asif Anwar: Bangladesh Trade Info is a search engine and yellow pages of Bangladesh. It contains updated contact information of many SMEs in Bangladesh.