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Bangladesh hopes to work with Malaysia on digital economy

  • Special Correspondent
  • 25 August, 2022 12:00 AM
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Bangladesh hopes to work with Malaysia on digital economy
World Islamic Economic Forum Chairman Dr Syed Hamid Albar and Malaysian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Haznah Md Hashim pose for a photo at a courtesy meeting at the ICT Tower at Agargaon in the capital on Wednesday.

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State Minister for Informationa and Communication Technology (ICT) Zunaid Ahmed Palak  hoped that Bangladesh and Malaysia will work together more intensively in the coming days on the development of digital economy, investment in IT skills, and development of the Muslim tourism sector.

He expressed the hope during a courtesy meeting with the Chairman of the World Islamic Economic Forum Dr. Syed Hamid Albar and Malaysia's High Commissioner to Bangladesh Haznah Md. Hashim on Wednesday at the ICT Tower in Agargaon.

The meeting explored mutual areas of interest for future partnerships and collaborations in avenues of knowledge exchange, 4IR, and startup opportunities between the two countries.

"In a bid to strengthen the existing relationship between the two brotherly countries in the coming days by exchanging innovative innovations and knowledge sharing, projects are being implemented to create a supportive environment," said Zunaid Ahmed Palak. This will be for the development of the digital economy in Bangladesh and to expand the domestic information and communication    technology industry towards SMART Bangladesh Vision-2041, he added.

The state minister expressed optimism about the enormous potential of freelancers and startups to explore capacity development in artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, nanotechnology, and cyber security.

He urged the World Islamic Economic Forum and the Malaysian government to collaborate in developing a mutually beneficial capacity development work plan.

To create skilled manpower and job opportunities through the formulation of strategies and action plans to deal with the fourth industrial revolution, the government is working on various innovative initiatives in the IT sector of Bangladesh, especially in the startup, e-commerce, and freelancing sectors, Palak said.

Digital Centres entrepreneurs, especially women entrepreneurs, are trying to ensure the inclusiveness of marginalised people in the digital economy.

The World Islamic Economic Forum and the government of Malaysia can come forward to work in partnership with the government of Bangladesh to improve the capabilities of these entrepreneurs on cutting-edge technology, the State Minister for ICT added.

Praising the unprecedented progress of Bangladesh in its journey towards digital transformation, Dr. Syed Hamid Albar said, "The two brotherly countries can work together to develop ICT skills and exchange programmes between nations for youth in education." The Malaysian delegation invited Bangladesh to participate in their upcoming roundtable event to present some of Bangladesh’s success stories of digital transformation.

The delegation also expressed interest in exploring collaboration in Muslim tourism and halal foods.

Later, the Malaysian delegation visited the a2i office at the ICT Tower.

Project Director of a2i, Dr. Dewan Muhammad Humayun Kabir welcomed the delegation and handed over publications titled "The a2i Journey" and "My Digital Bangladesh" as a memento.

Meanwhile, both sides agreed on the opportunities for both a2i and the World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF) to join forces to host innovation exhibitions and knowledge-sharing workshops and webinars to create value for mutual benefit.

Among others, a2i’s Policy Advisor Anir Chowdhury, Head of Social Innovation Cluster  Manik Mahmud, International Communications Advisor Ashfaq Zaman and senior officials of a2i and WIEF were also present.