Steps taken to earn $5bn from export by 2021: Speaker

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RANGPUR, Nov 01, 2018 (BSS) – Speaker of the Jatiya Saangsad Dr Shirin
Sharmin Chaudhury today said the present government has taken steps to raise
export earnings from the IT industry to 5 billion US$ by 2021 by producing
and utilising skilled manpower.

“The government is establishing Hi-Tech IT Parks across the country,
including Pirganj, aiming at increasing income from the IT sector and
creating employment opportunity of youths in the sector,” she said.

Dr Shirin said this while visiting construction site of the proposed IT
Park at Barobila village and exchanging views with common people at different
places in her constituency of Pirganj upazila in Rangpur as the chief guest.

The Speaker said youths of Pirganj would be involved in development by
engaging themselves with IT and the proposed IT Park at Pirganj would
definitely usher in a new era of prospects for local meritorious students.

“Local and foreign investors will come forward to invest at the IT Park in
Pirganj after completion of its construction works to create new employment
opportunities for the young generations,” she said.

Dr Shirin said the people of Pirganj would not be lagging behind anymore as
they have been already mainstreamed with developments.

“The government will continue to work for creating more opportunities for
the people of Pirganj on way to build a developed society free from hunger,
poverty and discrimination in the future,” she said.

The Speaker said the present government implemented balanced development in
Pirganj like the whole country side by side with continuing many other
development projects to create more employments.

“The present government has developed many infrastructures including roads,
bridges and culverts, schools, colleges, mosques, madrashas, temples and
other institutions in Pirganj upazila,” she said.

Distribution of sewing machines among unemployed women after providing
them with training has improved their socioeconomic conditions enhancing
economic empowerment in Pirganj upazila, she said

“I would like to keep me involved with progress of Pirganj upazila for
continuation of development of Pirganj and improvement of life standard of
local people,” Dr Shirin hoped.

The Speaker said Bangladesh has already achieved the pride of being
graduated from LDC status on way to become a developing country under the
farsighted leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

“With continuous support of people, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is
working persistently to build a middle income nation by 2021, a developing
country by 2024 and a developed Bangladesh by 2041,” Dr Shirin said.

Dr Shirin urged people to extend continuous support to Sheikh Hasina in
building a developed ‘Sonar Bangla’- free from hunger, poverty and
discrimination as dreamt by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur
Rahman.

With Pirganj Municipal Mayor Tazimul Islam Shamim in the chair, Joint
Secretary of the Ministry of Home Affairs Jahangir Alam Bulbul, Zila Parishad
Chairman Advocate Chhafia Khanom, Senior Vice- president of district Awami
League (AL) Chhayadat Hossain Bakul and local leaders of AL and its associate
bodies were present.