- Abundant, young, trainable labor.
- Among the lowest IT/ITES labor costs in comparison to India, China and Pakistan.
- Apparently supportive government and active industry associations.
- Global financial crisis means companies are looking for places to cut additional costs, a
possible opportunity for Bangladesh, with low labor costs, to enter the market
- IT Park-type activity to define a manageable space within which the larger issues of
infrastructure, policy and image can be more successfully addressed
- Quantity, quality and relevance of skilled workforce is inadequate.
- Weak and uncoordinated industry promotion despite a generally negative country image and lack of
visibility as a potential IT/ITES destination.
- Weak, unreliable and inconsistent infrastructure overall.
- Too much government interest with resulting lack of coordination, fragmented and disparate
- Poor business environment in terms of corruption, time to set up business, and recent security
- No cohesive workforce development initiatives targeting youth or females
- Resource crunch as skilled labor is taken by other business sectors
- Declining number of enrollments in IT courses
- Insufficient English proficiency to capture ITES related business opportunities including call
- Lack of action in addressing infrastructure issues, policy and regulatory framework to improve
- Potential for strikes (‘hartals’) and shutdowns that could paralyze commercial activity