Katalyst and Grameenphone (GP) share a prosperous partnership since 2007. Once again, a new agreement has been signed by them to work together to reduce poverty among the target group of Katalyst.
Tore Johnsen, CEO, GP and Goetz Ebbecke, General Manager, Katalyst signed the agreement in a ceremony on 12 December, 2011 at GP head office. In the event, Tore Johnsen acknowledged the contribution of Katalyst in making GP Community information Centre (GP-CIC) a successful venture to reach rural population of Bangladesh.
He further expressed interest in working with Katalyst in providing additional new services to the rural population and also planning to include other private sectors in the development of these services. With the signing of the new agreement, GP will work with Katalyst, Bangladesh Institute of ICT Development (BIID) and ACI Agro Business to design services targeting the rural population. The 502 GPCICS around the country will be one of the delivery points for these new services. Thus, CICs will interlink itself more with the lives of rural population, bringing them closer to information and advisory services.
Katalyst looks forward to these new services, through which its target group will be able to avail more information and services through ICT channels. Katalyst hopes that this initiative will be able to contribute to reducing poverty in the rural areas of Bangladesh in a sustainable manner.