Bangladesh, India to work together on data privacy framework

Staff Correspondent

24th November, 2020 10:26:50 printer

Bangladesh, India to work together on data privacy framework

The photo shows State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak (right) and Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Vikram Doraiswami (left).

Bangladesh and India will work together on common framework to ensure privacy of data on internet-based social media mostly operate from western countries.

State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak on Tuesday proposed to the Indian envoy to make a common framework on data protection from sub-regional level concerning on globally rose data privacy on social media.

Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Vikram Doraiswami visited ICT Division and discussed with the officers of different agencies of the department including Bangladesh Hi-Tech Park Authority.

During the call on, State Minister Palak also mentioned that neighboring countries can tap potentials of start-up eco-system through business to business matchmaking to take opportunities of digital future.

Mentioning social media as part of life, Palak said the ventures (social media) are dominated by western companies who have little knowledge in culture and social values in South Asian countries.

“We should have a common framework including law and rules like GDPR of Europe Union for social media activities in Bimstec countries and sub-regional group including Bangladesh, India, Bhutan and Nepal.  The regional approach will help to move for data privacy on multinational internet companies like Facebook, Youtube, Twitter,” he proposed.

GDPR is a regulation that requires businesses to protect the personal data and privacy of EU citizens for transactions that occur within EU member states.

Indian High Commissioner Vikram mentioned the proposal of Bangladesh ICT Minister as ‘great idea’ as the social media has changed landscape of life.

Bangladesh is implementing development of hi-tech parks in 12 districts using line of credit from India worth of 192 million dollar, according to official data.

Besides, India will cooperate in developing professionals’ skills to match make among industries and academia. The project will begin by January 2021 through piloting in six districts. India will donate Tk 250 million out of  Tk 610 million projects.

“We will expand the training programme gradually across the country. Initially, a total of 50 thousand youths will be engaged in the cross-border training programme. We have proposed to sign an agreement during the upcoming virtual meeting of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Indian counterpart Narendra Modi regarding this,” State Minister Palak added.

ICT Division Senior Secretary Zeaul Alam, Bangladesh Hi-tech Park Authority (BHTPA) and Managing Director Hosne Ara Begum were, among others, present on the occasion.

Marking the birth centenary of Father of the Nation and golden jubilee of independence of Bangladesh, ICT Division will host an international completion to support innovative idea.

Under the Bangabandhu Innovation Grant, 100 start-ups from home and abroad will be facilitated with financial support. Champion team will get Tk 10 million and remaining 99 competitors will be awarded with different scale of grant.

“We want to cooperate in developing start-up eco-system. Start-up India can help Startup Bangladesh to move forward together in digital future,” State Minister Palak said and welcomed start-ups from India to participate in Bangabanhdu Innovation Grant.

Appreciating the progress of Bangladesh in technology sector, Indian High Commissioner Vikram said Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has translated the Sonar Bangla dream of Banagbandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman by initiating the Digital Bangladesh.

“Technology is the future of bilateral partnership between India and Bangladesh. Bangladesh has moving forward to a digital future. In the age of technology, the digital capacity is compared to golden. And Bangladesh has achieved the capacity. The development of ICT parks have proven, the digitalization is not dream, its come into reality,” he said.

Emphasising on improving quality of e-governance system, High Commissioner said the responsibilities of government is empowerment of people leveraging technology in  respect to the taxpayers who are major contributor of national development.

“Bangladesh has huge opportunities in education and healthcare. I saw that, the women entrepreneurs here have shown their excellence in leveraging technology to introduce home delivery of food. This model is successfully run in India. Besides, the telemedicine can reduce the traffic to capital as people come here to basic medical need,” he added.