Jointly organized by the Embassy of Bangladesh, Tokyo, and Fujitsu Research Institute, an online seminar on the prospect of Bangladesh’s IT sector in Japan held on August 27.
More than 140 representatives from different Japanese companies and around 50 Bangladeshi companies attended the webinar.
State Minister for ICT, Zunaid Ahmed Palak; Senior Secretary of ICT division N M Zeaul Alam; Secretary of Ministry of Commerce Jafar Uddin; Hosne Ara Begum, Managing Director of Hi-Tech Park Authority; Chargé d’ Affaires (CDA) of the Mission Sahida Akter joined the seminar.
In her opening remarks Chargé d’ Affaires Dr. Sahida Akter welcomed all the participants to the webinar and thanked all for attending the event.
Palak has presented the keynote paper highlighting the prospects and opportunities of ICT sector in Bangladesh. He also explained the facilities and support like Hi-Tech Park, Tax benefits, one stop service etc.
the government of Bangladesh offering to the foreign investors, especially in the ICT sector. He explained the rationale for choosing Bangladesh as an ideal investment destination for ICT.
The minister urged the Japanese investors to capitalize on the benefits and invest in the IT sector of Bangladesh and to recruit Bangladeshi skilled IT professionals.
Later, Hosne Ara Begum discussed the facilities and advantages of Hi-Tech Park of Bangladesh while Senior Secretary N M Zeaul Alam, and Secretary Jafar Uddin shed light on the socio-economic scenarios and recent economic developments of Bangladesh and offered full cooperation for Japanese investors in the country’s ICT sector and invited them to invest in Bangladesh.
Tareq Rafi Bhuiyan made a presentation on various facets of ICT in Bangladesh. Video documentaries showcasing the development of Bangladesh and Hi-Tech Park were screened at the seminar, which was supported by ICT Division of Bangladesh, Investment and Technology Promotion Office (ITPO Tokyo) of United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), JICA and BASIS.
Country representative of JETRO (Japan External Trade Organization) Yuji Ando, Deputy Director of JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) Seiko Yamabe among others also discussed on various aspects, prospects and challenges involved in investing in Bangladesh.
Moderated by Ariful Haque, Commercial Counsellor of the embassy, Ziaul Abedin, Minister and HOC of the embassy conveyed the vote of thanks to the participants.