Turkey will work together with Bangladesh in expanding hi-tech industries to make the developing economy as future destination of technology in emerging Asian market.
During the call-on with ICT State Minister Zunaid Ahmed Palak on Wednesday, Turkish envoy Mustafa Osman Turan also mentioned that Turkish companies are interested in investing in ready infrastructure in Bangladesh for tech businesses.The Turkish Ambassedor Palak at ICT Tower in the capital to discuss opportunities in bilateral cooperation.
ICT Division Senior Secretary Zeaul Alam, Bangladesh Hi-tech Park Authority Managing Director Hosne Ara Begum and Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency’s country coordinator Ismail Gundogdu were present in the meeting.
Palak briefed the Turkish envoy about the progress of tech infrastructure in Bangladesh under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and supervision of ICT Advisor to the PM Sajeeb Wazed Joy.
“Dhaka and Ankara have maintained strong relations in history, culture and tradition. Bangladesh economy is moving forward in pace of technology. Its high time for investing in the newly developed business hubs in the South Asian territory,” Palak added urging Turkish investment in hi-tech parks.
He also informed that local and foreign companies have already shipped locally produced items in different hi-tech parks as the business hub attracted over $500 million in last four years.
Recalling the bilateral meeting of Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Ambassedor Mustafa Osman reiterated the interest of his country to work together with Bangladesh in technology sector.Ambassador also mentioned his visit to Bangladesh-Turkey Technical Institute in Lalmonirhat was launched in February this year as ‘excellent experience’.
“We (Turkey) want to take more initiative with Bangladesh.”
BHTPA Managing Director Hosne Ara Begum informed that the government has established 39 tech infrastructures including hi-tech parks and incubation centres to take the country to next level of knowledge-based economy.