Speaker: Software a tool for economic development
Nure Alam Durjoy

  • BASIS Softexpo 2017 begins yesterday at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in Dhaka 
    Photo- SYED ZAKIR HOSSAIN

The Speaker of the Parliament,Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, said software technology empowers people and can be a tool for an overall economic development.

She said this after inaugurating the four-day BASIS Softexpo 2017 that kicked off on wednesday at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the capital.  

‘Information and Technology has become the driver of all social development. Since 1997, BASIS has taken the sector to today’s level facing huge challenges’

Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS) is hosting the IT and ITES showcase. 

In her address as the chief guest, the Speaker said a good number of youths are earning money engaging themselves with outsourcing.

She urged women and new generation to get involved with the software industry.

The government is working to establish an IT-business friendly environment as the sector can contribute more to the national economy.

Terming the software industry a specialised sector, she said: “The sector has attained remarkable progress following right and timely decision of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.”

“Information and Technology has become the driver of all social development. Since 1997, BASIS has taken the sector to today’s level facing huge challenges,” said Sharmin. 

Shirin opined that software should be nurtured in a way, so the young people can be easily involved in this promising sector. 

To create an ICT-friendly environment in the country, the government has given the highest priority on software sector as software and technologies have largely influenced the live of the people in different ways, she added.

Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal, MP and State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak, MP also spoke as special guests with BASIS President Mustafa Jabbar in the chair.

Mustafa Kamal said: “The value of global software market is around US$ 3 trillion. BASIS has been working together with government to expand the footprints of local software firms in abroad and Planning Ministry will support BASIS at all square to lead the local tech outlets.” 

Zunaid Ahmed Palak said government is working together with private sector to create a business-friendly environment for the technology sector to achieve the milestone of US$1 billion revenue from ITES export by 2018.

The junior minister also demanded 20% cash incentives against the export of software. 

As a whole, Bangladesh is exporting software worth $700 million, which would reach at $1 billion by 2018 while the sector would employ 10 lakh more people by 2021, said Ahmed.  

Palak observed that the young people will lead the nation and the expo is aimed at making entrepreneurs from the young generation.

“We prefer Bangladeshi software firms in most of the public procurement and the Planning Ministry will support BASIS at all square,” he added. 

In the four-day expo, about 20 seminars will be arranged, which will cover different topics including Level Playing Field Cover for the local companies, digital education and e-learning, mobile application development, internet of thinks, access to finance, cloud computing, data networking security, export market promotion, developing innovation ecosystem, digital services delivery, IT market research and quality certification. 

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