Digital Bangladesh fair begins tomorrow

DHAKA A three-day 'Digital Bangladesh Mela' begins tomorrow aiming to demonstrate influence of 5G Technology in the highway of information technology and overall progress of digital Bangladesh campaign.

Prime Minister's Information and Communication Technology Affairs Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy will inaugurate the fair in capital's Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) with the theme Highways of Technology in Bangabandhu's Sonar Bangla.

Both government and private entities in digital technology sector will take part in the event being organized by Posts and Telecommunications Division, said Posts and Telecommunications Minister Mustafa Jabbar at a press conference today at the BICC.

Chairman of Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Ministry AKM Rahmatullah and Post and Telecommunications Division Secretary Md. Nur-Ur-Rahman will be special guests at the inaugural function to be chaired by the minister.

The minister said one of the main goals of Digital Bangladesh Mela is to highlight the advancement and innovation of digital technology, ensure suitable human resources, build a bridge between mass people and advanced digital technology as well as showcase progress of digital Bangladesh campaign.

Post and Telecommunications Division Secretary Md. Nur-Ur-Rahman and Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (BTRC) Chairman Jahurul Haque were present at the press conference.

Jabbar said a total of 82 firms including ISPS, Broadband internet, triple play technology (land phone, internet and cable TV connection in single cable), mobile apps, parental control and other technologies would be showcased in the Mela.

He said the Mela will be held in the Mujib Year as the government wants to turn this event as one of the best fairs in the world considering technological advancement.

He said following the successes of Bangladesh in rolling out Digital Bangladesh campaign, India announced such campaign in 2014 followed by the Maldives in 2015 and lately Pakistan in December 2019.

Bangladesh has now transformed into a country which is now exporting digital devices Bangladesh is now exporting mobile phone sets to USA alongside exporting laptops to Nigeria and Nepal. We'll export motherboards very soon he added.

Answering a question, Jabbar said booklets would be distributed among the visitors free of cost on the Mela premises highlighting various aspects of digital security as the government is also working across the country to create awareness of digital security.

He also stressed the need for incorporating the issue of data security in the current Digital Security Act or framing a new law in this regard adding, We're very much aware of Digital Security and we'll do whatever necessary to cover the risk encompassing digital security.

The Post and Telecommunications Minister said the government is working to frame a roadmap for the 5G technology to avail the facilities from IOT, robotics, big data or block chain.

He said that the visitors at the Mela would be able to get access without any fee through registering at https//www.digitalbangladeshmela.org.bd/.

During the Mela, tech giants like Samsung, Walton, Symphony and other firms would display their products. In addition, different technology vendors with the cooperation of mobile phone operators would demonstrate 5G technology. Moreover, child programming and robotic education along with telemedicine would be taught in the fair.

Apart from this, ZTE, Huawei, Nokia, Erikson will demonstrate 5G technology as well as various dimensions of live telecast while telemedicine and ATM services would be operated through using Bangabandhu Satellite.

Ministers and experts from home and abroad would talk about technological destination in future at 13 different seminars.

Different ministries, divisions and departments of government would highlight their progress in the field of digitization in some 25 stalls, 29 mini pavilions and 28 pavilions.

In addition, the fair would have a separate corner for Bangabandhu, where life of the Father of the Nation Sheikh Mujibur Rahman would be portrayed through digital technology.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)