The authorities of the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib High-tech Park in Rajshahi started allotting spaces among entrepreneurs on Friday.
State minister for information and communication technology division Zunaid Ahmed Palak, MP, and Rajshahi city mayor AHM Khairuzzaman Liton handed over allotment documents to eight entrepreneurs at Sheikh Kamal IT Incubation and Training Centre ceremonially at noon.
Zunaid Ahmed Palak addressed the programme as the inaugurator while mayor AHM Khairuzzaman Liton addressed the programme as the chief guest with Rajshahi deputy commissioner Abdul Jalil in the chair.
Zunaid Ahmed Palak said the Incubation and Training Centre, Built at a cost of around Tk 30 crore, has created working scopes for 100 start-ups and 500 IT professionals.
The prime minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the centre through a videoconferencing from Dhaka on February 12. The 72,000 square-feet IT Incubation Centre with energy-efficient state-of-the-art office building has multipurpose training facilities, high quality start-ups, rainwater harvesting and renewable energy sources.
The state minister said that the centre will play a vital role in generating an incubation ecosystem.
Earlier in the morning, a tree plantation campaign has also been inaugurated at the premises of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib High-tech Park as part of the ICT Division’s one lakh tree plantation programme across the country marking the Mujib Borsha.
Besides, Rajshahi City Corporation has signed a memorandum of understanding with Bangladesh Hi-tech Park Authority for construction of a convention hall at the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib High-tech Park.
Ayen Uddin, MP, Advocate Adiba Anjum Mita, MP, Bangladesh Hi-tech Park Authority director Shafiqul Islam and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib High-tech Park project director Fazlul Haque were present on the occasion.
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Hi-tech Park being built on 30.67 acres of land at Nabinagar in Paba upazila on the outskirts of Rajshahi city at an estimated cost of Tk 287.11 crore aimed at establishing knowledge-based IT industries together with ensuring an area-based development.
Employment opportunities for around 14,000 youths – both males and females – will be created upon successful implementation of the project by June, 2021, according to the authority.
The infrastructure development works include land development, a 10-storey ‘silicon tower’ on 2.70 lakh square-feet area, substation and generation building, internal roads and drains, boundary wall and high-speed internet.
Over 60 per cent of the physical infrastructure development work of the under-construction Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Hi-Tech Park in Rajshahi has already been completed.
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