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Dhaka to seek Moscow help for cybersecurity

The govt is trying to ensure cybersecurity in the financial sector after BB heist in 2016
DEEPAK ACHARJEE, Dhaka

Dhaka is likely to seek cooperation on cybersecurity, artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, and IT-related training from Moscow at the ensuing meeting of the Inter-Governmental Commission on trade commerce, economic, and scientific cooperation between Bangladesh and Russia. In the three-day meeting to be held in Dhaka from Nov 12, Moscow is likely to be requested to provide financial and technical support to develop the proposed ‘Bangabandhu Sattellite-2’, said sources in the Economic Relation Division (ERD).

Talking to The Independent, a senior ERD official, preferring anonymity, said they were trying to ensure cybersecurity in all sectors, especially in the the financial sector after the Bangladesh Bank cyber heist in February 2016.

“The Bangladesh authorities are likely to urge Moscow to provide IT networking systems in different fields, including education, during the meeting,” he added. “In the meeting, we will propose to our counterparts to establish a ‘smooth banking system’ on international trade between the countries,” said the official. Quoting the agenda of the meeting, the ERD official also said that Moscow wanted to provide financial and technical assistance to install and repair power plants in the country. “They (Moscow) also want to invest in the energy sector to conduct gas exploration,” he added.

The Russian authorities have expressed their interest to invest in the country’s aviation sector by selling passenger helicopters and help to set up an aviation training centre here, the official said.

At the same time, Moscow wants to invest in the blue economy and marine science, he added. The official also said that they had sent a product list of different export items like readymade garments, knitwear, lather, medicines and plastic goods, seeking their easy access to Moscow.

Sources said some agreements, including one between ERD and the Eurasian Economic Commission, were likely to be signed during the upcoming talks.

In the meeting, a 42-member delegation, led by deputy minister of agriculture of the Russian Federation Ilya B Shestakov, and a 35-member Bangladesh delegation, led by the ERD secretary, would attend the meeting.

 

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