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PM for stronger cyber security

  • Published at 07:26 am October 19th, 2016
  • Last updated at 08:03 pm October 19th, 2016
PM for stronger cyber security
“Some problems linked to security have been created with digitisation, and for this, our capability of cyber security will have to be enhanced … we will have to stay alert so that security of the financial sector and secret issues is not hampered in any way,” the premier said while addressing the inauguration of the “Digital World 2016″at the International Convention City Bashundhara in Dhaka yesterday. She added that necessary manpower would be created alongside procuring equipment to check cyber crimes. The prime minister also mentioned the role of her ICT Affairs Adviser and son Sajeeb Wazed Joy in building Digital Bangladesh. “He is the main architect of implementation of the Digital Bangladesh,” she added. In recognition of his contribution, Joy received ICT for Development Award 2016 for which, Hasina said, she was very much proud as his mother. Referring to her government’s steps for enacting the Digital Security Act 2016, the premier said under the law, the government would set up world standard forensic lab, constitute a Cyber Security Agency, and establish cyber incidents responsive team and a high-level digital security council. The ICT Division has organised the three-day event with the theme “Non-stop Bangladesh” with the assistance of the Bangladesh Computer Council (BCC), Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS) and a2i Programme of the Prime Minister’s office. After her speech, the premier inaugurated the Digital World 2016 digitally by pressing a switch. Earlier a small robot invited her to open the expo. The Digital World 2016 showcases the technology-based innovations and achievements, and facilitate in a single platform for sharing ICT knowledge and ideas. Over 200 speakers including 43 from world famous organisations such as Microsoft, Facebook, the World Bank, ZTE, Huawei are expected to take part in 18 sessions. The mega event would include 12 seminars, IT career fair, soft expo, e-Governance expo, mobile innovation expo, e-commerce and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) programme. State Minister for ICT Division Junaid Ahmed Palak, Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Post, Telecommunication and ICT Ministry Imran Ahmed, ICT Division Secretary Shyam Sundar Shikdar, BCC President Mostafa Jabbar, Executive Director of BCC SM Ashraful Islam, Project Director of a2i Programme Kabir Bin Anwar also spoke at the function. The prime minister later inaugurated six “smart buses” having all ICT facilities for imparting training to the women on ICT. As part of further ensuring capacity of digital security, Hasina said that steps had also been taken to connect Bangladesh with the second submarine cable as there is no alternate submarine cable in the country. She said that Bangladesh had already joined the SEA-ME-WE-5 consortium and would get 1,300 GBPS bandwidth in the second submarine cable. Citing that the work on installing country’s first own satellite, the “Bangabandhu Satellite 1,” she said that Bangladesh could even export satellite bandwidth after launching its journey in 2017 and meeting the demand. Hasina said that her government had stopped bribes and unnecessary harassment of people using information technology, adding that tender manipulation was also stopped due to digitisation. The premier said her government put highest importance on education to build Digital Bangladesh and made ICT education compulsory from class six to 12th class. As many as 5,500 labs including 2,100 Sheikh Russel Digital Lab had been set up in the country while more 10,000 Sheikh Russel Digital Labs would be established by the end of 2018. Besides, she said, the government approved “Innovation Design Entrepreneurship Academy (IDEA)” project aimed at giving innovative works an institutional shape and expanding IT Start-up initiative alongside beginning wide ranging works titled “One Thousand Innovation by 2021.” The prime minister said that every upazila of the country had been brought under optical fibre connection and 3G network, while bandwidth price reduced to Tk625 from Tk76,000 in 2007. “Steps have also been taken to introduce 4G network in 2017, she said adding that 130 million mobile SIM are being used while 640 million people are now using internet in Bangladesh,” she said. Hasina mentioned that rural people were receiving about 200 types of services from digital centres across the country. Apart from this, she said, about 3,000 post offices had been transformed into digital service centres. The premier said Bangladesh was exporting software and ICT services to about 40 countries including some developed nations. Under the “Learning and Earning” project, 55,000 male and female youths would be trained up on freelancing to increase efficiency.
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