South Korea has pledged to continue support for Bangladesh in the development of drone technology to make people tech-savvy and equip them with the skills they require to cope with the present world.
“We have the largest drone delegation from Korea this time since the outbreak of the corona pandemic. As many as 27 people came, which shows the interest and willingness from the Korea side on the drone collaboration,” Lee Jang-keun, ambassador of Korea, said at a conference on drone road show on Wednesday.
State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak was the chief guest while Korean Ambassador Lee Jang-keun and Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) Chairman Mafidhur Rahman were present as special guests.
The envoy believes that there is a huge potential for collaboration between Korea and Bangladesh in the field of drone technology.
Drone industry is a leading business for innovative growth covering advance technologies for aviation, software and sensors, he said.
“It is an untapped market and one of the most promising industries. For that reason competition for market dominance is heating up. It is changing from a low-cost and small-sized simple shooting to a high-priced and medium-sized one for missions such as agriculture, surveillance, surveying and delivery,”
The Korean envoy expected that new markets will open in the transportation fields, such as the large unmanned aerial vehicles and the commercialization of autonomous flying drones will be an important private means of transportation.
“Korea has significant contribution to the development of internet network backbone in Bangladesh while both countries maintain good collaborations in innovations and stat-up segments,” he said.
The junior minister thinks the drone road show will inspire local start-ups and innovators to engage in research and development of aerial technologies in the future.
Palak pointed out that everyday problem can be solved by using drone technology in various fields.
Highlights of the road show included a series of product-specific presentations by Korean companies, along with presentations from government authorities in Bangladesh.
The conference explained how they are leading in this field and some of the solutions that Korea can offer. At the conference, 6 companies from Korea exhibited their products and services related to drones and GIS. There was a display of ‘drone soccer’ as a new trend of sports in the age of technology.
Dhaka WASA Managing Director Taqsem Khan, Center for Environmental and Geographic Information Services (CEGIS) Executive Director Malik Fida A Khan and K-BD Association Chairman Yong Oh Ryu were also present on the occasion.
Korea has developed and built a Korean-style unmanned traffic management system based on advanced technologies such as 5G and AI, and implemented advanced automatic control services using AI, big data, and 5G based cloud.