Palak for utilizing prospects of fourth industrial revolution

DHAKA, Mar 19 2019 : State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak today called upon the private sector to cooperate the government for finding out a solution to meet the possible challenges as well as utilize the prospects of the fourth industrial revolution.

“A solution will come, if the government and private sector hold joint discussions to overcome the fourth industrial challenges,” he told the inaugural ceremony of a 3-day BASIS Softexpo 2019 at International Conference City Bashundhara (ICCB).

Palak said the previous first, second and third industrial revolutions
created a lot of opportunities and generated employment although there was apprehension of huge job loss.

“The fourth industrial revolution can be boon for us if we utilize the
prospects and opportunities because of the emergence of new technologies,” he said.

The state minister said the educational institutions including
universities have to take step to change their curriculum to develop skills on emerging technologies.

Palak said the government has already taken initiative to set up Sheikh Hasina Institute for Frontier Technology (SHIFT) on 70 acres of land in Shariatpur to create skill manpower on new and emerging technologies.

The government has also taken a project titled: ‘Establishing Digital
Connectivity (EDC)’ to reach internet facilitates in each village within the next five years, he said.

Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS) organized the expo in partnership with ICT Division.

Executive Director of Bangladesh Computer Council Parthapratim Deb, President of BASIS Syed Almas Kabir and Senior Vice President Farhana A Rahman, among others, addressed the function.

Leveraging ICT for Growth, Employment and Governance (LICT) Project and Bangladesh Computer Council (BCC) are zone partners of industry 4.0 Zone and Experience of Zone.

The BASIS Softexpo started with the slogan of `Technology for Prosperity’.

More than 250 national and international IT companies are showcasing their products and services in this mega exhibition of Bangladesh. More than 100 local and international experts will address 30 seminars on various contemporary IT related issues.