Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina aims to build tech-savvy Bangladesh

13 Feb 2020 11:47 AM
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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has stressed the need to equip the coming generations with understanding of it as she highlighted its significance in keeping pace with a highly-competitive global market.

She made the remarks while inaugurating the Sheikh Kamal IT Incubator and Training Centre at the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib High-tech Park in Rajshahi through a video conference at Ganabhaban on Wednesday. 

"You want to educate the new generation so they can keep pace with the competitive world. For that, technology education is vital," said Hasina.

New sectors must be identified to enhance the power and scope of employment, in line with the prime minister. The federal government has therefore privatised many sectors that have been earlier state-owned in a bid to create more jobs, said Hasina. 

“We want to create a technology-based nation. We’ve set up computer education and multimedia classrooms to arouse  the interest of our new generation in technology.”

Apart from education, digital devices can contribute to the country's export sector, said Hasina, adding that young persons are earning a lot through online freelance jobs.

Almost the entire population get access to cell phones, the prime minister described. “A number of them use multiple sim cards.”

“A cellular phone cost Tk 130,000 whenever we formed government in 1996. The charge was Tk 10 per call, for both incoming and outgoing. Such was the case.”

Now the cost has come down drastically due to competition available in the market, said Hasina.

“People can now send money, trade goods and enjoy a great many other facilities on the phones. The caliber of life has improved.”

She also noted that online trading also offers a scope to circumvent corruption and therefore strengthen the economy.

“We’re trying to make certain that persons in rural areas get occupations,” she said.

The prime minister also inaugurated the 100 percent electrification programme in seven districts, including Dhaka, Feni, Gopalganj, Natore, Pabna, Joypurhat and Meherpur, and a 114MW power plant in Feni.