President for utilising youths’ potentials in country’s ICT dev

President Abdul Hamid on Thursday asked all concerned to properly utilise the knowledge of information and communication technology and talents of the youth for the overall development of the country as he inaugurated the BASIS SoftExpo 2020 in the capital.

‘We have to invent world-standard software and solutions at the advent of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (IR) utilising the merits of the country’s youth,’ he told the function at the International Convention City Bashundhara.

On the introduction of the government’s policy on the Information of Communication Technology (ICT), the head of the state said that if the ICT policy could be properly implemented, it would help generate more job opportunities for the youth.

It would also help to expand businesses of the local software companies and reduce the risks of their businesses, he added.

Terming the Expo-2020, organised by the Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Service (BASIS) as very significant, he said that it would help build a Digital Bangladesh within 2021.

Referring to the issue of cyber crime, Hamid categorically put emphasis on inventing local technology to combat cyber crimes, which is one of the side effects of modern technology.

‘It is very urgent to ensure the proper use of information and communication technology along with the invention of new neo software. Usage of ICT has made life more easy and comfortable while its misuse creates tension,’ he observed.

The president went on saying, ‘Different kinds of cyber crimes, including hacking and credit card forgery, can disrupt the development sector . . . So, give priority to the invention of own technology.’

He urged all concerned to take necessary steps to develop the technology as well as to ensure its protection and stop misuse of modern technology.

‘We have to take effective measures to continue the existing development trend of the ICT and prioritise the local ICT institutions as we have to solve our problems by own,’ Hamid mentioned.

The president suggested the authorities concerned to formulate time-befitting policy and plans as well.

The incumbent government led by prime minister Sheikh Hasina is working relentlessly to take the ICT sector to new heights.

Industries minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun, senior secretary of ICT Division NM Ziaul Alam, BASIS president Syed Almas Kabir, secretaries concerned, among others, were present on the occasion.