Kamal for low-cost net connections in Asia-Pacific region

BSS | Published: 00:37, Dec 12,2019


Finance minister AHM Mustafa Kamal on Wednesday said that it would be possible to provide internet connections at lesser cost among the Asia and Pacific countries through utilising the Asia-Pacific information super highway.

‘It will be possible to give internet connections at lesser cost through fibre optic cable along the TransAsian Rail line among the Asia and Pacific countries,’ he said.

The minister came up with the view when Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, UN under secretary general and executive secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), met him at his Economic Relations Division (ERD) office on Wednesday, said a finance ministry press release.

Noting that ensuring inclusive internet would be an important component towards attaining the key targets of the SDGs like good health, qualitative education, innovation and smart city, Kamal said that connecting with the Asia-Pacific information super highway by the ESCAP countries would be fruitful.

During the meeting, both the finance minister and the ESCAP executive secretary discussed on the AsiaPacific information super highway, increasing the skills of human resources, communication and expansion of trade.

In response, the ESCAP executive secretary expressed her firm resolve to work with Bangladesh in those areas.

Lauding highly the economic progress of Bangladesh under the dynamic leadership of Sheikh Hasina, Armida said that the recent economic success of Bangladesh was really significant.

She also asserted that the ESCAP was pledge-bound to ensure sustainable development in the AsiaPacific region and would always remain beside Bangladesh in its graduation from the least developed country status.

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