ICT sector would create 10 lakh new jobs by 2021

Palak says while launching BASIS SoftExpo 19

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Mar 20,2019 | Updated: 22:42, Mar 19,2019

 
 

State minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak speaks at the inaugural ceremony of a three-day ‘BASIS SoftExpo 2019’ held at the International Convention City, Bashundhara in Dhaka on Tuesday. Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services president Syed Almas Kabir, ICT Division secretary NM Zeaul Alam and BASIS senior vice-president Farhana A Rahman were also present, among others. — New Age photo

Information and Communication Technology sector had created 10 lakh jobs in the last ten years, said state minister for ICT division Zunaid Ahmed Palak.
Total employment in the ICT sector would reach 20 lakh by the year 2021, he said.
The state minister disclosed the figure while addressing the inaugural ceremony of the three-day BASIS SoftExpo 2019 held at the International Convention City Bashundhara in Dhaka.
The 15th software exposition organised by Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services, designed to promoting Bangladeshi products for global markets, sharing knowledge with global ICT experts to enrich local entrepreneurs, networking with global potential clients and ICT service recipients, will open from 10am to 8pm till Thursday.
The state minister for ICT said that the government has taken a wide range of programmes and projects to develop human resources and infrastructure for ICT sector.
The initiatives of the government includes e-learning, LICT, 28 high-tech parks across the country and training programmes under the high-tech park authority.
As a result, 6 lakh freelancers, two lakh employees of BASIS members, union digital centres, post e-centres, city corporations, municipalities and many other digital services have created 10 lakh ICT-related jobs in last ten years, Palak said.
Highlighting the quality of locally-made software, the state minister said, ‘We would call upon the government to ensure use of locally-made softwares of local entrepreneurs in every government organisations.’
He also requested the local telecom companies and banks to promote and ensure the use of locally-made softwares for their operational purposes.
Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS) president Syed Almas Kabir said that BASIS softexpo is the largest among the South Asian countries considering the number of participants and showcasing of services.
Such huge attention suggests the enormous potentials of the sector, he said.
ICT division secretary NM Zeaul Alam and BASIS senior vice president Farhana A Rahman, among others, were present.
Products and services of 250 companies have been showcasing at 10 different zones of the exposition.
Industry 4.0 and experience zones would demonstrate the country’s capacity in the field of ICT while women, VAT, digital education, fintec and software services demonstration zones were also organised at the event for the spectators.
Besides, around 30 seminars, business leadership meet, IT career camp and gaming fest would be held during the three-day mega event.
To expand business with 10 Japanese entities, business-to-business meeting and three seminars would be organised.

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