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Construction of India-funded hi-tech parks to begin in Feb

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 25 January, 2022 12:00 AM
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Construction of India-funded hi-tech parks to begin in Feb
State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak exchanges views with Indian High Commissioner in Bangladesh Vikram Kumar Doraiswami at Bangladesh Hi-Teck Park Authority in the capital on Monday.

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Bangladesh has set to start construction of hi-tech parks at district level in February utilising the Indian line of credit.

State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak detailed the project while Indian High Commissioner Vikram K Doraiswami called on him at ICT Tower in the capital on Monday. 

The ICT Division has been running the project for developing hi-tech parks in twelve districts under Bangladesh Hi-tech Park Authority since July 2017 under the second line of credit. During the meeting, Zunaid Ahmed Palak said

India will cooperate in developing infrastructure and skilled human resources.

“Specialised labs will be set up at six tech parks under Bangladesh-India Digital Service and Employment Training Centre (BDSET) to provide training in hi-tech technologies. Besides, 50 Bangladesh-India Digital Edutrainment Centres will be set upunder a new project,” he said.

The junior minister said Bangladesh and India will run exchange programme among startups to share knowledge on respective fields.

Ambassador Doraiswami appreciated the progress of Bangladesh in technology sector.

“The activities of the project are moving on. The digital businesses have gained momentum in two countries. And that is the future of business. The bilateral relationship will become stronger in the same way,” he said.

BHTPA Managing Director Dr Bikarna Kumar Ghosh said the authority has trained up 36,000 skilled professionals for ICT sector while 22,000 got direct employment.

“We confirmed the notification of award (NOA) to India. The construction of hi-tech park in district level will hopefully begin  next week,” Dr Bikarna, additional secretary of ICT Division, told the Daily Sun.

The ICT Division has proposed India to sign memorandum of understanding for three new projects to India which are under review, according to the official.