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Dhaka tech summits begin today

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 11 November, 2021 12:00 AM
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Two international tech conferences begin today at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in Dhaka.

These are World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT) and Digital Summit of Asian-Oceanian Computing Industry Organization.

The four-day combo events will feature with 30 seminars, ministerial conferences and B2B sessions.

President M Abdul Hamid is scheduled to inaugurate the conferences as the chief guest virtually from Bangabhaban.

Prime Minister’s ICT Affairs Advisor Sajeeb Wazed Joy will also virtually participate in a session as the key note speaker on the first day.

In a press conference on Wednesday, State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak said the international conference brings opportunities for us to uphold the success stories of Digital Bangladesh globally.

“Bangladesh has proven the strength in digital governance as the country maintain sustainable operations in education, health, agriculture, administrative activities and legal services as well amid the pandemic,” he said.

“The backend digital infrastructure helps the country to keep the economy sustainable amid the challenges of pandemic,” said Palak.

The WCIT is a signature event of the World Information Technology and Services Alliances (WITSA), a consortium of leading tech associations of the world.

ICT Division senior secretary NM ZeaulAlam, Bangladesh Computer Council executive director Abdul Mannan and Computer Samity president Shahid Ul Munir were also present at the presser at the ICT Division premises in Dhaka.

WITSA secretary general Jim Poisant joined the event virtually.

The tech conferences will be held in a hybrid way allowing people join both in-person and virtually.

Anyone can explore the event digitally on web and mobile applications.

Besides, the “Digital Bangladesh Night”will be held on the first day wheresuccess stories of Bangladesh for the last one decade will be projected.

On the second day, the summit will focus on policy of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in technology sector.

Asocio will host an Award Night to recognise the regional talents in technology on that day. There will be held a special session on golden jubilee of independence of Bangladesh on November 13 evening.

In the session,the WITSA will announce the “ICT Excellence Award” in recognition to tech innovations across the world.

On the concluding day, the WITSA will also celebrate 50 years of its founding anniversary. 

Conference is open for all in-person or virtually with registration at www.wcit2021.com.bd.

ICT Department, BCC, BCS and Asiatic EXP will play the role of local organisers.

Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS), e-Commerce Association of Bangladesh (e-CAB), Internet Service Providers Association of Bangladesh (ISPAB) and Bangladesh Association of Call Center and Outsourcing (BACCO) are the organising partners.