IFIC launches special banking services for freelancers

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September 08, 2022, 5:40 p.m.

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IFIC Bank has launched a special “IFIC Freelancer Service Package” for freelancers working in Bangladesh to bring their overseas earned income to their bank accounts and provide banking services to them.

The launching ceremony of the package was held at IFIC Tower, Purana Paltan, Dhaka on (Sunday) September 4, a press release said.

Chairman of IFIC Bank Limited and Advisor to the Prime Minister for Private Industry and Investment Salman F Rahman, MP and Managing Director and CEO of IFIC Bank Shah A Sarwar, Deputy Managing Directors, Head of Retail Banking Ferdousi Begum, Chairman of Bangladesh Freelancer Development Society Dr. Tanjiba Rahman, Managing Director of Bangladesh Hi-Tech Park Authority Dr. Bikarna Kumar Ghosh, Officials from IFIC Bank, Representatives from Bangladesh Freelancer Development Society (BFDS), Freelancers , various professionals and journalists were present at the program.

Salman F Rahman, speaking as the main guest, said: “Today Bangladesh has become the ‘Digital Bangladesh’ through the efforts of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and his ICT Advisor Sajib Wazed Joy. So that many first world countries were struggling during the Covid-19 pandemic, we survived because we were able to become a digital nation.

“Now is the time for us to become a smart Bangladesh, the 4th industrial revolution is about to happen. We need to prepare for technologies such as artificial intelligence, advanced robotics, internet of things, machine learning, etc. Freelancers have an important role to play in this industry,” he added.

“Previously, there was no social recognition for freelancers. I worked towards this goal under the directives of the Prime Minister and with the support of the ICT Division and Minister of State Zunaid Ahmed Palak, I been able to introduce an identification system for freelancers.

“Today, the income history of freelancers will be created through this account, therefore, freelancers will be able to better themselves and better the country by taking various banking facilities. Today’s freelancers are tomorrow’s entrepreneurs , to achieve this goal, IFIC Bank will always be In the future, through the hard work of self-employed people, it will be possible to derive the same amount of foreign income from the ICT sector as from the ready-to-wear sector,” noted Salman.

Bangladesh Freelancer Development Society (BFDS) President Tanjiba Rahman said, “About six and a half million freelancers are actively working in our country. Many of them often find it difficult to transfer their income earned abroad to their accounts in Bangladesh. will not have to face these challenges since IFIC Bank has launched the “IFIC Freelancer Service Package”.

Managing Director and CEO of IFIC Bank, Mr. Shah A Sarwar said, “Our main objective is to bring people from all classes of society into banking. In this continuity, the journey of this independent IFIC banking package has begun. -uposhakha across the country, freelancers spread across the country can easily avail this banking facility. Now, they can transfer earned income to their bank account quickly, easily and seamlessly and can also conduct cross-border e-commerce transactions for their work. Needs.”

The IFIC banking package includes an Export Retention Quota (ERQ) account, freelancers will receive a Visa international debit card against the US dollar from this ERQ account and an IFIC Aamar account, against which they will get an IFIC Aamar – Visa International Cross Currency Debit Card.

One-stop banking and service counters for the self-employed will be available at more than 1,200 IFIC Bank shakha-uposhakha locations across the country. They will get the facility of MFS transactions like bkash, Nagad etc. directly from their bank account. They will get profits like FDR on the money deposited on a daily basis and can withdraw it at the end of the month. With the IFIC Aamar card, anyone can withdraw cash from the ATM of any bank across the country without any fees.

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