Bangabandhu Satellite to play pivotal role in country’s development: PM

DHAKA, July 31, 2018 : Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today expressed
her firm conviction that Bangabandhu Satellite would play a pivotal role in
overall development of the country, opening up new opportunities for the
learners of new generation.

“Through the satellite we would be able to know the whole world and our
children would be able to learn about space and nuclear technology, marine
science and other areas of science, culture and nature which would be useful
for them as well as country’s development,” she said.

The prime minister was addressing a function here today at Bangabandhu
International Conference Centre (BICC) organized for celebrating successful
launching of Bangabandhu Satellite-1 and inauguration of its ground stations
at Gazipur and Betbunia.

Sheikh Hasina said Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
had laid the foundation stone of the country’s first satellite station at
Betbunia in Rangamati. But after his brutal death the space technology didn’t
get due importance to flourish.

Bangladesh has emerged as the 57th country having Satellite in the space
and 34th nation of constructing nuclear power plant, the prime minister said,
adding that “we have to hold up the dignity and take the country forward.”

The premier said her government has attached importance to development of
the entire country. The government is striving to create a democratic
atmosphere and ensure the rights of the people to food and franchise, she

Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, Information Minister Hasanul Haq
Inu, PM’s advisor on ICT affairs Sajeeb Ahmed Wazed, state minister for ICT
Zunaid Ahmed Palak attended the function as special guests with post,
telecommunications and ICT minister Mustafa Jabbar in the chair.

Secretary of the post, telecommunication ministry Shyam Sundar Sikder and
Chairman of Bangladesh Communication Satellite Company Ltd. Dr Shajahan
Mahmud also spoke on the occasion.

Cabinet members, PM’s advisors, chiefs of naval and air forces, parliament
members, diplomats of different countries and civil and military officials
attended the function.

The prime minister inaugurated the two ground stations for Bangabandhu
Satellite-1 through video conferencing with the officials of the Gazipur and
Rangamati districts and engineers of the stations. She also released
commemorative stamps issued by the postal department on the occasion.

The ground stations were named after PM’s ICT advisor Sajeeb Wazed in
recognition of his contribution to successful launching of Bangabandhu
Satellite-1 and development of space and digital technology in Bangladesh.