Prime Minister’s adviser for private industry and investment Salman F. Rahman on Monday visited Samsung Research and Development Institute Bangladesh (SRDB) which is employing hundreds of young Bangladeshis.
South Korean Ambassador to Bangladesh Lee Jang-keun accompanied Rahman while Director of SRDB Koo Won-mo briefed them on the activities of the institute and showed them around the 6-storey institute building in Monem Business District.
Speaking highly of the quality of the work of the Bangladeshi experts and engineers they are working with, SRDB officials explained four areas of the institute’s contribution to Bangladesh which includes employment generation, technology development, research and innovation and software export.
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SRDB’s main objective is to develop software for Samsung mobile phones, wearables, windows, computers, and other electronic devices.
The SRDB also offers various CSR (Corporation Social Responsibility) activities such as Youth Software Academy, Coding Contest, and support for the autism children.
Ambassador Lee mentioned that Bangladesh is well-positioned in the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) era not only for its highly motivated, talented young people but also for the sizable population, which would form a solid basis for big data creation, a critical element for artificial intelligence.
While Samsung is not yet investing in manufacturing, it is investing in the human capital of Bangladesh through the SRDB, which would play a critical role in achieving the vision of the Prime Minister of Bangladesh for Smart Bangladesh, he said.
Samsung has 16 R&D centers in 14 countries worldwide, including the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada.
Bangladesh and India are the only South Asian countries hosting the R&D Center.
Samsung Electronics has been operating its R&D institute in Dhaka for more than 10 years. Established in 2010 in Dhanmondi, the SRDB has been employing hundreds of young Bangladesh software engineers and developing various software applications for Samsung gadgets worldwide.