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Govt working to create ICT-enabled manpower: Joy

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Prime Minister's ICT Advisor Sajeeb Wazed Joy has said that creating ICT-enabled manpower will be the biggest challenge for building up digital Bangladesh, reports UNB. "To face the challenges, the government has taken up programmes and is now working on it," he told a ministerial conference at the "Digital World 2017" at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) on Thursday. He said many programmes have been undertaken by the government to create the required manpower.

Joy, who is also the son of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, made a presentation on the "Fourth Industrial Revolution" at the conference, attended by State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak, Minister for Information and Communication of Bhutan Dina Nath Dungyel, Chief Advisor of Prime Minister of Congo Diedonne Kalombo Nkile, State Minister for Post and Telecommunication of Cambodia Kan Channmeta, Deputy Minister for Defence and National Security of Maldives Thariq Ali Luthufi, and Director of the ICT Department of Philippines Nestor S Bongota.

Joy said that the government has planned to run its major sectors like power and energy, industry, banking, health, education, and economy through digital technology in the future to provide services to the people in a proper and expedited manner.

So, creating ICT-enabled manpower and labour force will be the main challenge in the implementation of the government vision, he said.

Responding to a question in the panel discussion session, the PM's advisor said the government prefers developing the children in a digital technology user-friendly environment, where they will learn ICT by using devices.

"That's why the government has taken initiatives to produce laptops, tabs within the country to provide the children. Such devices will be provided to the children at the primary level of schooling," he said. Responding to another question, he said the country's IT firms should focus on Asian market as one-sixth of the global population is living in Asia.

"There is huge untapped market potential lying with India and China. We should focus on such a huge untapped market," he advised the young entrepreneurs who are engaged in the business.

Zunaid Ahmed Palak said the government has undertaken a huge programme including setting up 28 ICT parks across the country to create ICT-enable manpower.

Bhutan's Minister for Information and Communication Dina Nath Dungyel invited Bangladeshi firms to the Himalayan nation saying that his country always welcomes green industries as it prefers to protect its environment.

He said Bhutan has been successfully moving towards providing digital services to its people as most of it has already introduced e-Cash and e-payments for its citizens.

He said 85 percent of Bhutanese people have access to broad band internet connections and 4G services were introduced in the country.

Chief Advisor of Prime Minister of Congo Diedonne Kalombo Nkile welcomed the Bangladesh entrepreneurs to invest in Congo saying that a huge area of infrastructures requires digital services.

State Minister for Post and Telecommunication of Cambodia Kan Channmeta, Deputy Minister for Defence and National Security of Maldives Thariq Ali Luthufi said his country has been providing services to the people living in 1000 islands though using digital technology.

Director of the ICT Department of Philippines Nestor S Bongota said Bangladesh and Philippines can work together to develop its ICT sector.

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