Proper use of ICT stressed to deal post-COVID era


DHAKA, Dec 28, 2020 (BSS) –Speakers at a webinar underscored the need for identifying challenges, prospects of IT sector to avail all the benefits of the sector to make the country prosperous as well as developed one by dealing post-COVID global situation.

The came up with the opinion at a webinar titled “Role of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Bangladesh Missions abroad in the Enhancement of Export of IT Products and IT Enabled Services”.

International Trade, Investment and Technology Wing of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs organized the webinar through virtual platform on Sunday, said a press release here today.

The webinar was co-chaired by Foreign Secretary (Senior Secretary) Masud Bin Momen and Managing Director (Secretary) of Bangladesh Hi-Tech Park Authority Hosne Ara Begum.

The Foreign Secretary expressed that the government of Bangladesh under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been working towards achieving the goal of becoming a developed country by 2041, and the ICT sector has a huge role to play in achieving this goal.

He indicated that currently, Bangladesh’s export earnings from the ICT sector stood at $01 billion and in the coming days Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things (IoT), 5G, etc. would cover most of the ICT sector businesses, and entrepreneurs needed to focus more on those areas.

He assured the representatives of various IT companies present at the meeting that necessary guidelines would be provided to the Bangladesh missions abroad to implement the recommendations coming out of this webinar.

Managing Director (Secretary) of Bangladesh Hi-Tech Park Authority highlighted the various steps taken by the government for the development of IT sector and made a power point presentation on various high-tech parks established including the multifarious incentives for prospective investors.

Entrepreneurs from the IT sector present at the meeting pointed out the potential of Bangladesh’s IT sector and sought the active role of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Bangladesh Embassies in achieving the targets set by the government in this sector.

The webinar was attended by officials of government and non-government organizations related to the IT sector and Bangladesh envoys abroad.