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Bangladesh PM reiterates to build technology-based nation

Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Photo: The Bangladesh Today. Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

DHAKA, Feb 13, 2020, The Bangladesh Today. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today reiterated her government’s determination to build a technology-based nation, saying that technology education is a must for the new generations to sustain in the competitive world, The Bangladesh Today reported.

She said the technologies are advancing fast in the world and the present era is being made a technology-dependent one, and Bangladesh will lag behind there, it can never happen.

“We’re a victorious nation as we triumphed victory in the great liberation war and as a winning nation, we always want to remain advanced, not behind … from this thinking and spirit, we’ve taken various steps and the people are getting its benefits,” she said.

The premier said this while opening the Sheikh Kamal IT Incubator and Training Centre constructed at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Hi-Tech Park in
Rajshahi through a videoconference from her official residence Ganabhaban here this morning.

From the same function, she also inaugurated cent percent electrification in seven districts and 23 upazilas as well as Feni 114-MW power plant.

“We want to establish a technology-based society and that’s why we’ve taken various steps including providing computer education and setting up multimedia classrooms in educational institutions so that the new generations are attracted in technology education,” she added.

The prime minister also said the government wants to make the new generations literate in such a way so that they can move keeping pace with the competitive world. “For this, technology education is very much essential,” she said.

Sheikh Hasina also reaffirmed her vow to illuminate every house of the country in the Mujib Borsho (Mujib Year).

“Electricity is a pre-requisite for development (of any country) and I’ve firm belief that we could light up every house of the country in Mujib Borsho,” she said.

The premier said the country needs more fields to generate employment and increase skills for the people. “That’s why we’ve opened the doors of those fields in the private sector which were in the public sector,” she said.

Expressing her heartfelt gratitude to the people for electing the Awami League government time and again, Sheikh Hasina said it is proven truth that the country is developed when the Awami League remains in power.

“In the past there was no sign of digital system, and mobile phone was like a dream to the common people and land phone was under analogue system in all areas except some parts of Dhaka and Chattogram … nobody used computer,” she said.

After coming to power in 1996, she said, her government launched initiatives how the people could be attracted to use of technology including computer.

“The world is advancing, and at that time why Bangladesh will remain behind … keeping this in mind we had taken various steps … we can now at least say that we were able to make the people aware about technology,” she said.

She went on saying: “13 crore mobile phone SIMs are being used in the country of 16 crore people.” Sheikh Hasina said the people are getting various facilities and their living standard is being enhanced significantly thanks to the massive use of technologies.

“Due to use of technologies, the scope for controlling corruption is being created and the country’s economy is being strengthened,” she said.

The prime minister said her government in 1996-2001 period enacted a law to set up 12 science and technology universities in the country to attract the students to science and technology. “We started the work of six universities at that time,” she said.

About the power sector development, Sheikh Hasina said her government has been able to raise electricity production to 23,000 MW, and as a result 96 percent people are now getting electricity. “Those who suffered in the past for electricity will no more suffer for it and they’ll get uninterrupted power,” she said.

Referring to setting up the Sheikh Kamal IT Incubator and Training Centre in Rajshahi, she said the youths who will receive training from the centre will be benefitted in getting employment.

“They could also be made entrepreneurs and they don’t need for chasing jobs, rather they could give jobs … through this Bangladesh will be established as a dignified nation,” she hoped.

Later, the premier exchanged views with public representatives, teachers, students, freedom fighters, journalists, government officials and beneficiaries of different districts including Rajshahi, Gopalganj, Bagerhat, Meherpur, and Sunamganj through the videoconference.

Local Government Minister M Tazul Islam, PM’s Advisers HT Imam and Dr Towfique-e-Elahi Chowdhury, State Minister for Power Nasrul Hamid Bipu, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam, State Minister for ICT Division Zunaid Ahmed Palak, former foreign minister AH Mahmud Ali, AKM Rahmatullah, MP, Shahiduzzaman Sarkar, MP, Abdus Salam Mushedy, MP, and other lawmakers and secretaries concerned were present at Ganabhaban.

PM’s Principal Secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus moderated the function, while ICT Division Senior Secretary ANM Zeaul Alam gave an overview on the development of Hi-Tech Parks including Sheikh Kamal IT Incubator and Training Centre, and Power Division Secretary Dr Sultan Ahmed made a power point presentation on the development of the power sector.

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