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Foodpanda wins national Digital Bangladesh Award 2022

The Homechef program has more than 3000 home chefs currently active on the platform, of which 70% are women

Update : 15 Dec 2022, 06:14 PM

Foodpanda Bangladesh has received the prestigious national “Digital Bangladesh Award 2022” in the institutional category for its contribution to facilitating the digital transformation of the country and enabling income opportunities for thousands of youths. 

Foodpanda is the first e-commerce company to win this national award from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, reads a press release.

The award was handed over to Syeda Ambareen Reza, co-founder and MD and Zubair B A Siddiky, co-founder and CEO of foodpanda Bangladesh by the Prime Minister at “Digital Bangladesh Award 2022” event at BICC, which was well attended by ministers, parliament members, senior secretaries and industry leaders. 

The event was chaired by Zunaid Ahmed Palak, MP, State Minister, Information and Communication Technology Division.

Foodpanda started its journey in Bangladesh in 2013 and has been successful in creating a strong digital ecosystem with many stakeholders. It is the leading marketplace that connects restaurants and shops with customers and delivery partners. 

It enables SMEs and large restaurant partners, shops and home chefs to have a digital footprint without the risks of high investments. 

The restaurant industry has flourished in the last seven years, bolstered by the marketplace that the platform has cultivated. 

Customers are benefited by having food, groceries, medicine and more delivered right to their doorsteps within 30 minutes. 

Freelance rider partners are presented with an opportunity to earn a livelihood in a flexible way along with access to key benefits such as insurance, training, loan and online education.

With a presence in 64 districts across the country, foodpanda has expanded business units and created over one million direct and indirect earning opportunities in the tech-based delivery ecosystem.

Alongside foodpanda, over the years, has also taken numerous initiatives to foster the growth of women entrepreneurs. 

The Homechef program has more than 3000 home chefs currently active on the platform, of which 70% are women. 

Besides working on seven SDG goals, the platform has taken many initiatives to minimize food wastage in partnership with several NGOs including Bidyanondo Foundation. 

Ambareen Reza, co-founder and MD and Zubair B A Siddiky, co-founder and CEO of foodpanda Bangladesh thanked Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, MP, State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak, MP and the organizers for recognising the company's efforts to facilitate digital inclusion and empowering the youth and SMEs. 

Upon winning the award, Co-founder and CEO, Zubair B A Siddiky said: “Foodpanda is at the forefront of building a digital ecosystem. We are committed to continuing our contributions to building a digitally inclusive Bangladesh while empowering the youth with income opportunities and supporting the digitization of restaurants, shops, SMEs and home chefs with a marketplace to access millions of customers. I believe this industry holds the immense possibility to become a significant part of the country's continuous economic growth and build a ‘Smart Bangladesh' by 2041.”


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