As the internet is being used extensively during the COVID-19 pandemic and the world has witnessed the many blessings it can offer, experts feel that such abundant use of advanced technology will be playing a key role in expediting global changes including economic activities in the coming days.
State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak on Tuesday said that the use of the internet increased 50 percent during the coronavirus pandemic. Besides, online marketing has increased to 50 percent while the number of opening of mobile accounts went up to 50 lakhs.
He came up with the information while inaugurating “Advanced Certification for Management Professionals (ACMP) 4.0 Summer 2020” training course through zoom online, jointly organised by LICT project and Institute of Business Administration (IBA) of University of Dhaka.
Mentioning that this is one of the best examples of how to keep the economy running by using information technology during disasters and pandemics, the state minister of ICT said that advanced technologies like robot, machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI) and data analytics will be the driving force of life and economy in future.
Singing the same tune Economics Professor Sultana Rahman Ahona said, “The COVID-19 pandemic has made it very clear that not all types of job markets or organizations are equally at risk.”
“Whereas the SME (small and medium-sized enterprises) and retail enterprises, tourism industry, hospitality industry and the aviation sector have suffered the most, some companies continue to succeed in running their businesses more vigorously, in the midst of all this, as the technology has emerged as the savior.”
Mainul Hossain, Associate Professor at the Institute of Information Technology of Dhaka University, opined, “Skills that we have learnt so far with the help of computer and mobile have eventually made us prepared for the fourth industrial revolution.”
“I’ve seen my students attending international webinars amid the pandemic to enhance their knowledge and skills. During the lockdown people staying at home have acquired new skills that will undoubtedly keep them ahead in any sort of competition and the job market,” he told the Bangladesh Post.
He also mentioned that future employers will look for people with knowledge of advanced technology who can manage their respective work from a distant place.