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‘Smart Bangladesh to be knowledge-based economy, innovative and digital society’

Published : 15 Jun 2022 08:40 PM | Updated : 16 Jun 2022 03:29 PM

Smart Bangladesh will be a sustainable, affordable, intelligent inclusive society. State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak states this highlighting the roadmap from Digital Bangladesh to Smart Bangladesh.

He was the chief guest at the inaugural function of Huawei ICT Incubator, App Developer and Tech Woman held at a city hotel on Wednesday. Huawei Technologies (Bangladesh) Limited CEO Pan Junfeng was present during the inauguration. 

The state minister said, “We have been able to successfully implement Digital Bangladesh based on four pillars. Fiber Optic has already been connected to 3800 unions. This time 109245 institutions including educational institutions and community health will be connected to high speed internet. Digital Cyber Security Agency is working to identify 27 risks in digital services and security. Education and skills development programs are ongoing. Various steps have been taken to make the investment environment attractive. It is expected that by 2025, 5 Unicorn organizations will be formed.” 

“We need to build a startup community to build a digital society, knowledge-based economy and an innovative Bangladesh. To expedite this process, Huawei has developed an excellent partnership model through these competitions. In this special initiative taken by Huawei and meant for mobile app developers and women involved in the ICT sector, people from different backgrounds including university teachers, various established startups, mentors and Huawei itself as the world's leading ICT infrastructure provider are involved, and I am representing the Government of Bangladesh,” added the state minister. 

Pan Junfeng, CEO, Huawei Technologies (Bangladesh) Limited, said, “The ICT Incubator will foster a healthy and sustainable startup ecosystem for everyone by assisting both early-stage startups and idea-stage startups. 

It will also provide all EEE, ECE & CSE students in their 3rd and 4th year the opportunity to enhance their already existing skills while attaining new ones. The programs will also focus on supporting the women of this country who are working or studying in tech-related fields. We hope that everyone will benefit from these programs.”

Prof. Dr. M. Moshiul Hoque, Dean, ECE (CUET) & Chair, IEEE Bangladesh Section said, “Huawei App developer, Tech Women and ICT Incubator programs are timely initiative to develop a unique platform for our young and talented people and I believe these unique programs will go a long way fostering and give them an opportunity to unleash their creativity after honoring their skills.”

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