Digital transformation stressed for reducing gap among communities

Staff Correspondent

19 May, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Digital transformation stressed for reducing gap among communities

Local and international speakers stressed the need for digital transformation to run the socio-economic activities amid pandemic and to reduce gap among communities.

Addressing a webinar, the tech thought leaders mentioned that the present situation of pandemic is the time to embrace the change and to increase role of technology to accelerate the transformation towards a developed Bangladesh.

Mobile network operator Grameenphone organised the virtual discussion meeting titled ‘Accelerating Digital Transformation during Challenging Times’ marking the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day on Monday.

Telecommunications Minister Mustafa Jabbar joined the webinar as the chief guest while BTRC Chairman Shyam Sunder Sikder connected to the session as the special guest.

International Telecommunication Union (ITU) regional director Atsuko Okuda presented keynote focusing on accelerating digital transformation during challenging times.

Minister Mustafa Jabbar said that Bangladesh has achieved phenomenal growth in the ICT sector in the last decade under the vibrant leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and with the guidance of ICT Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy.

Telecommunication service provider and all other internet-based service providers are contributing a lot to run socio-economic activities, he said.

“We together have done a tremendous job so far and we have a long way to go. If we work together, we will have a sustainable way out of this challenging time. This is the time for cooperation and saves people through digital innovations as we now belong to a new world which does not permit physical interactions,” the telecommunications minister said.

BTRC Chairman Shyam Sunder Sikder said, “The Connect 2030 Agenda and Vision 2041 are aligned with each other as the government is committed to maximising the benefits of digital transformation in line with the SDGs; that’s why we are facilitating the telecom companies so that uninterrupted service can be ensured.”

GP acting CEO Solaiman Alam said that the company has announced cent percent coverage of fourth generation mobile network to democratise the technological dividend for people from all walks of life.

Aspire to Innovate (A2i) prorgamme Policy Advisor Anir Chowdhury, Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS) President Syed Almas Kabir, BRAC Bank Managing Director Selim RF Hussain, Mastercard Country Manager Syed Mohammad Kamal, IPDC Finance CEO Mominul Islam and CEO Adnan Imtiaz Halim spoke at the meeting. GP head of communications Khairul Basher conducted the session.