S Korea keen to establish drone technology in Bangladesh

Published : 03 Jan 2022 07:21 PM

South Korea has expressed interest in working with Bangladesh on establishing drone technology and geo-specialized labs.

South Korean Ambassador to Bangladesh Lee Jang-Keun has shown interest in this regard during a bilateral meeting between State Minister for Information and Communication Technology Zunaid Ahmed Palak at his office in the capital’s ICT Tower on Monday.

During the meeting, they discussed the possibility of the implementation of a World Bank-funded pilot project on water quality management and aquaculture using drone technology in Bangladesh.

They also talked about enhancing the capacity of the officials of the Ministries of Environment and Forests and Climate Change, Fisheries and Livestock, Land, Aviation and Tourism and Water Resources of Bangladesh.

The State Minister for ICT said, “South Korea is a loyal friend of Bangladesh. Effective measures should be taken in coordination with ICT and other ministries for the use of drone technology.”

On behalf of the ICT Department, officials from the ICT Department, Roads, Transport and Bridges, Power, Energy and Mineral Resources, LGRD and the Ministry of Agriculture were advised to be involved in the process. 

The meeting also expressed the view that Bangladesh would take effective measures through the Korean company KOICA to enhance the skills of government officials in setting up geo-specialized labs.

The two countries agreed to hold a coordination meeting in February regarding the establishment of drone technology and geo-specialized labs.

The Ambassador of South Korea to Bangladesh assured all possible support for the development of the IT sector in Bangladesh and said that the ICT sector has come a long way under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. 

“At present Bangladesh is considered as one of the emerging economies of the world. In the coming days, South Korea will work with Bangladesh in various fields including technology. We hope that Bangladesh would go a long way through the use of technology,” said the Ambassador. 

Dr Khandaker Azizul Islam, Additional Secretary, ICT Department, Md Monir Hossain, Deputy Secretary, Dr Bikarna Kumar Ghosh, Managing Director, Bangladesh Hi-Tech Park Authority, Jingyun Lee, First Secretary, South Korean Embassy in Bangladesh were present in the meeting among others.