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Workshop on Digital Economy paves way for technical cooperation between Bangladesh and Malaysia

  • Sun Online Desk
  • 7th October, 2022 06:47:06 PM
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Following two years’ COVID-19 break, Wisma Putra, the Malaysian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in collaboration with Multimedia University (MMU) and Axiata organised the first in-person workshop under the Malaysian Technical Cooperation Programme (MTCP) from 3 to 7 October 2022, a press release said.

A fifteen-member Bangladesh delegation led by Brig Gen Md. Nasim Parvez, Director General (System and Services), Bangladesh Telecom regulatory Commission (BTRC) and comprising Senior officials of the concerned regulatory organizations of Bangladesh participated in the workshop on ICT/ Digital economy.

The concluding ceremony of the Workshop, held at MMU, Cyberjaya was attended by Md. Golam Sarwar, High Commissioner of Bangladesh to Malaysia, Ms Hafizah Abdullah, Undersecretary, International Cooperation and Development Division (ICDD), Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia, Mr. Vivek Sood, Joint Acting Group CFO Axiata/ Group CFO Berhad and Prof Dato Dr. Mazliham Mohd Su’ud, President of Multimedia University.

While attending the concluding ceremony, Bangladesh High Commissioner expressed his deep appreciation to the Govt of Malaysia for organizing the timely event under G2G initiative. Applauding the remarkable digital transformation of Malaysia, the High Commissioner raised the importance of establishing institutional linkages to promote greater collaboration in ICT and digital economy, the press release added.

He mentioned, “We are determined to work closely with Malaysia to find ways and means to establish ‘Bangladesh-Malaysia Digital Economy Corridor’, in terms of enabling policy support and stakeholders’ integration and participation.”

He also said about the achievements of Bangladesh in the field of ICT and digital economy and invited Malaysian entrepreneurs to invest in high tech parks in Bangladesh for a mutually beneficial partnership in the field of digital economy.

The Undersecretary of the Malaysian Foreign Ministry in her remarks highlighted on the existing bilateral relations between Bangladesh and Malaysia. She informed the participants about MTCP, including Malaysia’s strong commitment to strengthen South-South cooperation, and Malaysian Govt’s initiatives on digital transformation. She congratulated the participants for successful completion of the workshop. In his remarks, the President and CEO of MMU informed about various activities at MMU and apprised that the toppers at the University are from the 228 Bangladeshi students studying in MMU.

Earlier, the opening ceremony of the Workshop was organized on 3 October 2022 in presence of Mohammad Khorshed A. Khastagir, Deputy High Commissioner of Bangladesh, Prof. Dr. Hairul Azhar Bin Abdul Rashid, Vice President of MMU and Ms. Farah Fazarina Binti Mohamad, Principal Assistant Secretary (ICDD) of Malaysian MOFA.

In his opening remarks Bangladesh Deputy High Commissioner expressed hope that “Bangladesh delegation would be immensely benefitted from the well-designed and comprehensive workshop having modules on digital economy framework, regulatory best practices, new/next generation technologies/infrastructure & their industry applications/implications, including sustainability towards net zero carbon economy vision.”

In her speech, the Principal Assistant Secretary (ICDD) of the Malaysian Foreign Ministry informed that till date some 800 Bangladeshis have been benefitted from MTCP program. She expressed hope that the participants would be able to know about Malaysian experience in digital transformation & its best practices in the field of digital economy.

During the weeklong workshop, beside attending academic sessions, the Bangladeshi delegates paid study visits to relevant govt. institutions of Malaysia. They also attended a dinner, along with their Malaysian counterpart, hosted by the Deputy High Commissioner of the Bangladesh.