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2019-12-11 16:53:59 BdST

ICT sector to create 1.0m more jobs in 5 years


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Employment for 1.0 million people will be created in the next five years through the expansion of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector in the country.

State Minister for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Zunaid Ahmed Palak came up with the statement while addressing a press conference at ICT Division in the city’s Agargaon area.

The junior minister disclosed programmes of the ‘Digital Bangladesh Day-2019’ to be observed on December 12 across the country.

ICT Division Senior Secretary NM Zeaul Alam, ICT Department Director-General ABM Arshad Hossain and Bangladesh Association of Call Centre and Outsourcing (BACCO) President Wahid Sharif and other officials concerned were present at the event.

Palak said employment for over 1.0 million youths was created in the country’s IT sector in the last 11 years after declaring the ‘Digital Bangladesh’ programme.

"The ICT sector will create employment for 1.0 million more people in the next five years,” he said.

‘Digital Bangladesh’ is moving forward fast under the efficient leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasin, Palak said, adding that because of her firm commitment and prudence, Bangladesh is now the name of brightening example in the IT sector across the globe.

‘Digital Bangladesh’ has got its complete shape with the directives of ‘Architect of Digital Bangladesh’ and Prime Minister’s ICT Affairs Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy, he said.

The ICT Division has taken various programmes to observe the ‘Digital Bangladesh-2019’ across the country on Thursday with the theme ‘Verify the accuracy before sharing in the Internet’.

ABM Arshad Hossain said the day’s programmes will begin with placing a wreath at the portrait of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in front of the Bangabandhu Museum in the city’s Dhanmondi area at 7 am. State Minister ICT Division Zunaid Ahmed Palak and ICT Division officials will be present on the occasion.

Later, a colorful procession will be brought out from the South Plaza of the Jatiya Sangsad (JS) Bhaban at 9 am. JS Speaker Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury will address the pre-procession rally as the chief guest. After parading different city streets, including the Khamar Bari area, the procession will end coming at the same venue.

Besides, a concert will be held on the United International University (UIU) campus in the city’s Bashundhara area at 3:00 pm on the day.

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan will be present at the programme as the chief guest while Zunaid Ahmed Palak and Chairman of the Standing Committee on Ministry of Post Tele Communication and Information Technology AKM Rahmatullah will be present as special guests.

Along with bringing out processions, as part of the central programmes, discussions, seminars, online presentations on Digital Bangladesh, essay, painting and quiz competitions will be organised at Upazila and district levels across the country.

Bangladesh missions abroad will also observe the day in a befitting manner.

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