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From The Editor April 2018

Dear readers,

We are ready with another new issue, as another month in the Gregorian calendar has rolled into the next. Even though this is the dominant calendar, we still celebrate the start of the Bengali new year in our own calendar, which is at the middle of this month.

New year invites us to start afresh and coinciding with that BASIS has selected its new executive committee. We want to extend our congratulations to the newly elected members. One of the most important umbrella organisations for the ICT sector, we hope BASIS will be more effective and help facilitate important policy making towards complete digitisation of Bangladesh. Congratulations are also in order for Ayman Sadiq and Sajid Iqbal, who made into the prestigious Forbes 30 under 30 list for Asia, for their contributions towards solving problems through their business initiatives.

Speaking of digitisation, Bangladesh is likely to soon experience sweeping changes in digital payment using QR codes. Fittingly, our cover story is on that, accompanied by a number of other features presenting the whole picture relating to QR code usage, its history and implications. While talking about money and a cashless society, we cannot help but notice the ongoing crisis in the banking sector. Some important developments have taken place. Read our news feature on the recent decision about the liquidity crisis. To shed more light on the matter and lift the fog around the subject, we talk to Rumee Ali.

As is our staple, we have a bunch of interviews, offering you magnificent insights. Our other features and regular segments continue, and permeates through them is the common theme of digital payment and the multi-faceted structure related to it. In short, turning over from this page will lead to a heap of content, ready to inform and enrich you. On that note, we are happy to convey that from this issue Fintech is going to become considerably larger in volume, going from 128 to 144 pages. The decision has been made in light to growing interest in and encouraging feedback about the magazine, all thanks to you: our valuable readers.

Wishing you a shubho noboborsho

Editor
Md. Mizanur Rahman

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