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Digital Bangladesh Mela begins today

Published : 25 Jan 2023 10:11 PM

Digital Bangladesh Mela-2023 is going to begin today at Bangabandhu International Conference Center (BICC) in Agargaon area of the city.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday wished the overall success of all the programmes undertaken on the occasion of 'Digital Bangladesh Mela-2023'.

The three-day fair is the largest exposition aimed at showcasing IT and ITES products and services in Bangladesh, concerned sources said.

It will focus on creating more collaborative relationships at the national and international levels, inviting trade delegations to experience the immense potential of the Bangladeshi ICT industry, the sources added.

The premier, in a message, hoped that the people of the country will be more informed about various aspects of telecommunication and information technology through 'Digital Bangladesh Mela' alongside using digital services by keeping pace with the rest of the world.

Various measures, taken by the present government in the field of telecommunication and information technology, have boosted the information technology across the country, she said, adding: "As a result, Vision-2021 has been successfully implemented."

After building 'Digital Bangladesh' in the light of Vision 2021, the next goal of the government is to build 'Smart Bangladesh'.

"Smart Bangladesh will have smart government, smart population and smart industries," she said, adding that the use of digital devices will be ensured in all fields including business, health, education, agriculture with the help of robotics, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, genetic-engineering and biotechnology.

The main goal of Vision 2041 is to build a developed country and a knowledge-

based society after transitioning from a less developed country to a 

developing country, Sheikh Hasina continued.

She mentioned that socio-economic development at the marginal level by 

universal use of information technology for public welfare, utilizing 5G-

technology to meet the challenges of the fourth industrial revolution and 

proper application of artificial intelligence is the next challenge.

The premier also added that the Awami League-led government has implemented a 

comprehensive development programme in this sector including infrastructure 

development, practical excellence and widespread use of technology to deliver 

the benefits of telecommunication and information technology to every part of 

the country.

All the services of the telecommunication sector have been modernized 

including launching of Bangabandhu satellite, increasing the use of Internet, 

increasing the capacity of submarine cables, setting up new submarine cables, 

she said.

"IT-friendly policies have been formulated," she said, adding that 5G-

technology network has been launched experimentally in the country.

"We've already started using the services of our own Bangabandhu Satellite-

1', the first terrestrial communication and broadcasting satellite of 

Bangladesh," she continued.

She said optical fiber connectivity at all union and upazila level, 'Totto 

Batayan' in all districts and more than 4,500 digital centers have been 

established across the country. 

"As many as 8,500 post offices have been converted into Post e-centres... 

Video conferencing has made communication faster and easier," she said, 

adding that video conferencing has played an important role in keeping the 

country's economy moving.

The implementation of these initiatives has made it possible to deliver 

government services to the doorsteps of the people, the premier added.

The doors of immense possibilities have been unlocked in every sector 

including education, health, business and social communication of the 

country, Sheikh Hasina said.

She hoped that the young generation will get jobs as the new employment-

opportunities have been created for them due to the government's pragmatic