The government has planned to create jobs for around 3 lakh people in 28 Hi-tech and IT parks, which are being built across the country to create an ICT infrastructures for achieving the goal of Digital Bangladesh by 2021.
"On completion of all these 28 parks, 28.72 lakh squire feet space will be made available to IT industries where job opportunities for around 3 lakh people will be created," State Minister for ICT Division Zunaid Ahmed Palak told BSS.
He said already two of the 28 IT parks - Janata Tower Software Technology Park and Sheikh Hasina Software Technology Park - have come into operation.
Janata Tower Software Technology Park in the capital's Kawran Bazar was inaugurated in 2015 where 15 local and international IT companies and 50 Start-ups have got necessary spaces for free of cost.
Sheikh Hasina Software Technology Park in Jessore was inaugurated this month where 41 companies, including three from overseas were given necessary spaces.
The state minister said his division with the help of a private telecom operator is providing different assistance to Start-ups in Janata Tower Software Technology Park.
"They have been allotted the space with electricity and internet connections for free of cost. They are also being given mentoring support in this park," he said.
The minister also noted that a 15-storied building with all necessary modern facilities, a 12-storied dormitory with international 3-star standard accommodation and gymnasium facility, a canteen and amphitheatre and a 33-KVA power station have been built at Sheikh Hasina Software Technology Park.
ICT Division spokesperson Md Abu Nasher said the government has also declared 12 organizations and private institutes as software technology parks for creating employment opportunity for 3,530 people.
These parks too will enjoy facilities like public hi-tech and software technology parks. The ICT Division official further added that construction of primary infrastructure of Bangabandhu Hi-tech City in Kaliakoir, Gazipur, which is being built under Public Private Partnership (PPP), is at the final stage.
"We have allotted space to nine companies in this park so far. Development of infrastructure of Bangabandhu Silicon City in Rajshahi, Sylhet Electronics City is going on in full swing.
Apart from these, work on constructing IT/hi-tech parks in 12 districts and Sheikh Kamal IT Training and Incubation Centre in seven places across the country is also on," he added.