The Policy Times Dhaka Bureau ( June 4) :
A virtual desk titled ‘Bangladesh IT Connect-UK Desk‘ was launched at the Bangladesh Embassy in London to attract investment in the IT sector in Bangladesh and increase the business relationship of UK IT companies with local IT companies.
Bangladesh State Minister for Information and Communication Technology Junaid Ahmed Palak inaugurated the virtual desk yesterday (June 3).
On the occasion of 50 years of friendship between Bangladesh and the United Kingdom, the ‘Bangladesh IT Connect-UK Desk’, a joint venture of the Bangladesh Computer Council (BCC) LICT Project under the ICT Department and the Bangladesh High Commission in London, is basically Bangladesh-UK B2B ITConnectivity Hub, which will play a role in bringing business connections of UK IT companies with the country’s IT companies, arranging interviews, bringing investment from the UK market. Necessary information in this regard can be found on the website bhcl.itconnect.gov.bd. The inaugural event was hosted by Bangladesh High Commissioner to the UK Saida Muna Tasnim at a discussion titled ‘Bangladesh and the UK at 50: Forging a Digital Economy Partnership’ at the South Asia and UK Overseas, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) State Minister for Commonwealth Lord Ahmed, State Minister for Information and Communication Technology Junaid Ahmed Palak, International Director of British Computer Society Stephen Tweed, BASIS President Syed Almas Kabir spoke.
Junaid Ahmed Palak said the UK is one of Bangladesh’s largest partners in business and investment. The two countries are expanding trade and investment in various sectors, including the environment and defense. This time to increase business and investment in the information and communication technology sector, a virtual platform titled ‘Bangladesh IT Connect-UK Desk’ has been launched, which will help in the development of technology, BPO, and digital economy of the two countries on the one hand, and IT in the country on the other will contribute to the growth of UK investment in the sector. He said rapid digitalization in the last decade has resulted in mobile phone coverage in about 99 percent areas of Bangladesh and more than 111.3 million internet users. Outsourcing, e-commerce, F-commerce, and e-government activities have expanded due to the availability of high-speed internet. Indigenous technology companies, startups, artificial intelligence-powered chatbots, contact tracers, mobile apps, mobile financial services, digital content, digital commerce have made people’s lives easier in the Corona epidemic. Keeping agricultural supplies running instead of working from home using digital technology has made it possible to achieve 5.2 percent economic growth even during the Corona epidemic.
On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the friendship between Bangladesh and the United Kingdom, the State Minister suggested the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the two countries to build partnership in the digital economy by strengthening innovation and business cooperation in the ICT sector.
“We want to extend the hand of cooperation between government and non-government institutions, including universities and technical institutes, in research and development, innovation, knowledge exchange, technology transfer,” he said. At the same time, we want to organize joint projects, workshops, seminars, tech summits, and exhibitions later, Wahidur Rahman Sharif, President of Bangladesh Association of Call Centers and Outsourcing (BACCO), conducted ‘Is Bangladesh UK’s Next Outsourcing Partner’ and Ifti Islam, Pathfinder, and Chairman of Infinity Tech, conducted ‘Startups’ Two-panel discussions titled ‘Bangladesh-The Next Unicorn’ was held. The businessmen and leaders of the technology sector of the two countries spoke on the occasion.