Palak urges Japanese IT entrepreneurs to invest more in Bangladesh
State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak has urged Japanese IT entrepreneurs to invest more in Bangladesh, taking the opportunity of the country's "competitive strengths and policy incentives." He was speaking at the webinar "Investment Opportunities in Hi-Tech Parks in Bangladesh" hosted by the Embassy of Bangladesh in Japan, UNIDO ITPO Tokyo, and the Bangladesh Hi-Tech Park Authority (BHTPA) hosted Thursday. More than 100 Japanese companies attended the event. Palak said Japan could be a very good market for the local IT and ITES industry in the coming years. Bangladesh has a huge potential in hardware manufacturing too, as nationwide infrastructures are being built to support heavy manufacturing as well as technology manufacturing, he added. "Bangladesh offers cost-effective solutions for technology and services, making it an attractive destination for international companies looking to outsource or establish a presence in the region. It has a young and educated population that is eager to adopt and use technology, creating a large potential market for ICT services and products," Palak said. Bangladesh Ambassador to Japan Shahabuddin Ahmed said: "Japan is a very potential country for Bangladesh in terms of trade, business, investment and bringing skilled human resources. The Embassy of Bangladesh in Japan will provide all possible support to Japanese investors in starting and expanding business in Bangladesh." Khandoker Azizul Islam, managing director of the BHTPA, said the BHTPA is committed to providing necessary services to investors in hi-tech parks through its one-stop services, various incentives such as exemption of taxes and duties are also available for investors. Yuji Ando, country representative of JETRO Dhaka, said Japanese companies consider Bangladesh a promising country for business. "According to the latest JETRO survey, 71.6 percent of Japanese companies want to expand their business in Bangladesh." Read more: Japan wants to invest more in Bangladesh: Ambassador
Open Russian tech universities’ offshore campus in Bangladesh: Palak to ambassador
State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak today (September 11, 2022) requested Russia to open offshore campuses of its technical universities in Bangladesh – to develop the IT sector here and upskills youths. He made the call at a meeting with Russian Ambassador to Bangladesh, Alexander Mantytskiy, at the former’s office at ICT Tower in Dhaka’s Agargaon area. During the meeting, they discussed various issues, including cooperation in cyber security capacity building and introduction of inter-operable digital transaction (IDTP) system between Russia and Bangladesh Also read: 80% of travel market remains unexplored: Palak Besides, business and investment by Russian technology companies in robotics, machine learning, AI, AR and VR, land allocations for Russian companies in hi-tech parks here, arrangement of Bangladesh-Russia investment summit, participation of Russian IT companies in Digital World Summit here in December, and start-up exchange programs came up for discussion in the meeting. The Russian ambassador assured full cooperation in these sectors, expressing hope that the bilateral relations between the two countries in various fields including ICT will be strengthened in the near future. ICT Senior Secretary NM Zeaul Alam, Managing Director of Bangladesh Hi-Tech Park Authority Bikarna Kumar Ghosh and Director General of Digital Security Agency Khairul Amin were present, said a PID handout. Read: Nagad becomes world's fastest-growing fintech company after conquering local market: Palak
80% of travel market remains unexplored: Palak
ICT State Minister Zunaid Ahmed Palak has said Bangladesh has only explored about 20 percent of its travel market while the rest of it remains unexplored. "Many foreigners and tourists are unaware of the beautiful destinations here. I hope that with the growth of ShareTrip and Startup Bangladesh, the tourism industry of the country will grow at the same pace," added. Palak was speaking at a programme in Dhaka Sunday night, marking online travel agent ShareTrip's third anniversary. Also read: Hi-tech parks to help Bangladesh become knowledge-based economy: Palak At the event, ShareTrip handed over awards to market players for their contributions to the travel and tourism industries during 2020-2021. Sami Ahmed, managing director of Startup Bangladesh, also attended the event as a special guest. ShareTrip Co-Founder and CEO Sadia Haque and founder Kashef Rahman were present. Sami said: "I am excited to announce Startup Bangladesh's investment in ShareTrip. Startup Bangladesh proudly welcomes ShareTrip to the family, an organisation that has accumulated 50 percent of the country's online travel market in only three years." Also read: Judiciary to be fully digitized within 2 years: Palak Sadia said: "We are an active changemaker in the travel ecosystem. We aim to revolutionise the domestic hotel industry, which is still at a very nascent stage in Bangladesh."
Nagad becomes world's fastest-growing fintech company after conquering local market: Palak
Nagad as a mobile financial services provider in Bangladesh has not only challenged the local market but also become the world's fastest-growing fintech company, State Minister Zunaid Ahmed Palak said Sunday. The state minister said this after inaugurating Bangladesh Technocity and Felicity IDC in Kaliakoir at Bangabandhu Hi-Tech City. Read: Mobile Phone Consumers' Association calls Ookla, OpenSignal reports on Bangladesh dubious About the country's ICT sector, Palak said: "We are witnessing an IT revolution for the last 13 years. But to avoid making the same mistakes as the apparel industry, Prime Minister's ICT Affairs Advisor Sajeeb Wazed Joy drafted a comprehensive ICT policy." "This high-tech city is a part of it. While it took the neighbouring countries 30 to 40 years to construct a hi-tech park, Bangladesh's hi-tech city was constructed in only 13 years."
Hi-Tech Park to turn Khulna industrial area into tech-based zone: Palak
State Minister for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Zunaid Ahmed Palak has said Hi-Tech park will turn the Khulna industrial area into a technology-based zone and create huge employment opportunities for its youths. He said this at Khulna Hi-Tech Park foundation stone laying ceremony in the city on Tuesday. The State Minister and Khulna City Corporation Mayor Talukder Abdul Khaleque jointly laid the foundation stone at Tutpara . Also read: PM urges South Korea to invest in Hi-tech Park The Hi-Tech Park in Khulna will be constructed on four acares of land at a cost of Tk 170 crore under the Hi-Tech park construction project at district level by the ICT Ministry funded by the Indian government. The Hi-Tech park which is expected to be completed by two years will provide training to 1,000 youths and jobs to 3,000 youths. Addressing the even Palak said it will have significant contribution in building a smart Bangladesh from a labor-dependent economy to a knowledge-based, developed economy. Also read: Hi-tech park to be developed in Keraniganj Among others present on the occasion were Khulna-2 MP Sheikh Salahuddin Jewel, Information and Communication Technology Department Senior Secretary NM Ziaul Alam, Managing Director of Bangladesh Hi-Tech Park Bikarna Kumar Ghosh, acting Assistant High Commissioner of India to Khulna Asim Kumar Santa and officials concerned of the ICT division.
Judiciary to be fully digitized within 2 years: Palak
State Minister for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Zunaid Ahmed Palak has said the country's judiciary system will be made fully digitized within the next two years. ‘E-Judidicary’, a project with a budget of Tk 2,224 crore is being undertaken aimed at making the judicial system fully technology dependent and making the process more cost friendly and time saving for people as well as making the process easier for judges and lawyers, he said. Palak said this while attending the inauguration programme of online cause list, judicial monitoring dashboard and My Court App in the city arranged jointly by the Law and Justice Division and UNDP Bangladesh. Also read: Present world is not of competition but collaboration: Palak He said, “Around 2,000 courtrooms will be digitized through this project and there will be an audio recording pool system at them. Besides, 14 central jails will be made digital. Camera trial rooms will be installed in 64 district jails so that inmates can participate in the hearing virtually.” Palak said state owned web-based video conferencing platform ‘Boithok’ app will be used to ensure confidentiality and a four tier data center will be established at the Supreme Court to ensure the sovereignty of judicial information. Also read: Palak asks youths to be self-employed in IT sector He said 2,000 laptops would be provided to judges, desktops for office staff and 75,000 lawyers and judges would be trained to ensure a digital justice system. In addition, a cyber cafe will be set up in each bar association with a video conferencing system. The state minister said the maximum use of technology in the Department of Judiciary and Health will be ensured in the current fiscal year after the construction of these infrastructures by A2I, UNDP and ICT departments.
Bangladesh will have to embrace rapid changes in next 20 years: Palak
Over the next 20 years, Bangladesh will have to cope with rapid changes in agriculture, education, health, transportation, communication and the way the country's people work and conduct businesses, said State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak. He was delivering a keynote on the second day of Huawei APAC Digital Innovation Congress 2022 Friday. Palak said: "We have achieved the Digital Bangladesh – Vision 2021. Now our goal is to become a 'Smart Bangladesh' – an innovative, knowledge-based advanced economy by 2041." Also Read: Palak visits Microsoft firm in USA "The Smart Bangladesh Vision 2041 has set specific targets for different indicators. We aim to reach a per capita income of $12,500 from $2,594, making Bangladesh the 23rd largest economy in the world by 2041." The Huawei APAC Digital Innovation Congress, jointly held by Huawei and the ASEAN Foundation, has gathered over 1,500 government officials, experts, researchers, partners, and analysts from more than ten countries in the Asia-Pacific to explore the future of digital innovation and the digital economy. Topics include ongoing advancements in ICT, speeding up digital transformation across industries, as well as green and low-carbon development.
Bangladesh wants to work as knowledge partner with Tripura: Palak
State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak has said Bangladesh wants to work as a knowledge partner with Tripura in making ‘Smart Tripura’ alongside building Smart Bangladesh by 2041. “Since Bangladesh and Tripura share similar climate, environment and culture, if they want they can formulate policies together on smart education, healthcare, agriculture and environment in building innovative nations,” he said. The state minister made this remark while chairing the 'Digital Bangladesh IT Business Summit 2022' held at an Agartala hotel in the Indian state of Tripura on Thursday, said a PID handout on Friday. Read: Abul Kalam Azad to be conferred with Japan's second-highest civilian award Chief Minister of Tripura Biplab Kumar Deb was present as the chief guest at the IT summit, organised jointly by Bangladesh Hi-Tech Park Authority of the ICT Division and Bangladesh mission in Agartala. Highlighting the objectives of the summit, Palak said Sajeeb Wazed Joy, the Architect of Digital Bangladesh, has created opportunities for the talented youths of Bangladesh. The employment for some 2 million youths was created in the IT sector of Bangladesh, he said. Within only 13 years, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina transformed Bangladesh into a middle-income digital Bangladesh with her honesty, foresightedness and courage, he said. Read: Roads better than ever, BNP lost their way: Obaidul Quader Palak said Bangladesh and India share a cordial, friendly and trustable relationship. Bangladesh wants to move forward together by making the relationship closer and stronger, he added.
Palak calls for Global Internet Governance Council & Frontier Technology Guidelines under UN
State Minister for Information and Communication Technology Zunaid Ahmed Palak on Wednesday called for the formulation of Global Internet Governance Council and Frontier Technology Guidelines under the support of the United Nations to protect the data and privacy of citizens. “Through global inclusive participation, we will be able to protect the rights of our citizens as well as the economy in cyberspace,” said the state minister during a panel discussion titled ‘Diminished Democracies: Big Tech, Red Tech, and Deep Tech’ at RAISINA Dialogue 2022 in New Delhi. Palak said Bangladesh is drafting a digital protection law. “We should cooperate with each other to innovate new and emerging technologies.” He said, “We are using digital technology for the economic development of the country and the welfare of the citizens under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.” “In the interest of security, we do not want to allow Big Tech, Red Tech and Deep Tech technology to interfere. Bangladesh is working on 4 pillars to protect our political, economic and cyberspace.” READ: Palak visits Indian Institute of Technology, NASSCOM in New Delhi The panel discussion, moderated by Kanchan Gupta, senior adviser of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, was attended by Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology of India Rajiv Chandrasekhar, US Deputy National Security Adviser for Cyber and Emerging Technology Ann Newberger, US CEO of General Atomics Global Corporation Vivek Lal and Evan Nanjira Sambuli, a representative of the US Technology and International Affairs Program. On Monday, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the second edition of ' RAISINA Dialogue 2022'. RAISINA Dialogue is a multilateral flagship conference which has been held annually in New Delhi since 2016 on International Geopolitics.
Palak set for acting debut in 'Freelancer Nadia'
State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak will make a star appearance in "Freelancer Nadia," a teledrama featured in Bongo Bob (Based on Books) season 2, alongside Mehazabien Chowdhury. The teledrama is based on the popular novel of journalist cum writer Rahitul Islam. Freelancer Nadia features the story of a young woman who empowers herself by gathering ICT knowledge and improving her family's economic condition through her freelancing work. But her skills and strength are tested when her family faces greater tragedy. Palak said, "While I speak with the young women during my visits to rural areas, I find that most of them live under the shadows of their families, in-laws or husbands. However, they aspire to learn digital skills and work in local and global markets to earn handsomely and get better opportunities." READ: Advanced computing lab to be set up at Buet: Palak Rahitul offers an exceptional example of a fighter's journey, showcasing the transformation of a traditional Bangladesh to Digital Bangladesh, which is very inspiring, he added. Mushfiqur Rahman Manzu, chief content officer of Bongo, said: "Literature brings the stories that reflect our lives. So, we have long wanted to work on life-oriented literature outside of the traditional genre. With that goal in mind, we are back again with Bongo Bob Season 2."