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Mustafa Jabbar Tells FINTECH

Mustafa Jabbar needs no introduction. In Bangladesh’s ICT arena, he is considered as an institution rather than an individual.

On the morning of January 2, he was at his humble 400 square feet old office of Ananda Computer in Fakirapool. A day earlier, Mr Jabbar was called in Bangabhaban. The news of him becoming a minister of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s cabinet surfaced in all the mainstream media.

Yet that didn’t deter him from staying on ground, and from visiting his old office——a usual routine for him in the past three decades.

“I have been remaining the same throughout my 68 years of life. Being a minister will not change much,” he told Fintech.

During the recently finished Digital World 2017, Mr Jabbar, the incumbent President of Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS) was informed by the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina about his possible new role.

“I am thinking of giving you a bigger role,” that’s what she (Prime Minister) said—informed Mr Jabbar, “I didn’t know it would be a portfolio of the government then,” he said.

“I am surprised and happy,” he added.

When asked about the possible portfolio that is going to be bestowed upon him, Mr Jabbar said, “I believe it’s the ICT Division. There are still a lot to be done there.”

Mr Jabbar was scheduled to attend the oath-taking ceremony on the Tuesday evening.

“This will be a new journey for me. Hope I will serve my country better in my new role,” he said.

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