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Policy sought for ‘Smart Bangladesh’ implementation

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 14 June, 2022 12:00 AM
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Policy sought for ‘Smart Bangladesh’ implementation
Posts and Telecommunications Minister Mustafa Jabbar, State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid and ICT State Minister Zunaid Ahmed Palak are seen at a seminar organised by BASIS at a city hotel on Sunday.

The government should formulate a prudent policy for implementation of ‘Smart Bangladesh’ programme by 2041 through mitigating the challenges in technology sector.

Software industry leaders made the suggestion while speaking at a seminar of Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS) at Radisson Blu Dhaka on Sunday.

Speakers also highlighted the success stories of ‘Digital Bangladesh’ to accelerate growth for the next target.

Posts and Telecommunications Minister Mustafa Jabbar was present as the chief guest at the event while State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid and ICT State Minister Zunaid Ahmed Palak were present as the special guests.

BASIS President Russel T Ahmed joined the session virtually due to his sickness while Senior Vice-President Samira Zuberi Himika and Vice-President Abu Daud Khan moderated the sessions.

In his speech, Minister Mustafa Jabbar said there are countless examples of success stories in domestic technology sector.

“We need to know about controlling robots, creating artificial intelligence, and managing hardware to adapt ourselves with new technologies,” he said.

The minister directed all trade bodies to work jointly for the implementation of national strategy.

State Minister Nasrul Hamid said the government has been upgrading the system of all entities of energy sector where Bangladeshi software companies can contribute to proven records.

Nasrul urges the technology leaders to revise their export target $200 billion instead of $5 billion.

He assured that ministry of power and energy will provide all possible supports required for making it successful.

State Minister Zunaid Ahmed Palak said the government creates conducive environment for business.

“By creating conducive environment through long-term planning, our labour-dependent economy has been transformed into a service and technology dependent economy today,” he said.

BASIS President Russell T Ahmed said the important pillars for smart Bangladesh are human resource development, industry promotion and public-private partnership.

Asian University for Women Vice-Chancellor Dr Rubana Huq, BASIS Vice-President Fahim Ahmed, Bacco President Wahidur Rahman Sharif were also present at the event.