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Sajeeb Wazed Joy defining future with his vision

 

Minister of State for Information and Communication Junaid Ahmed Palak speaks at the inauguration ceremony of first Incubator of Bangladesh.

 

Sajeeb Wazed once said that “I started my journey to implement my dream with my first company around 20 years ago when the word ‘internet’ was very new to the world. However, the beginning of the technology driven state titled “Digital Bangladesh’ started seven and half years ago and it was the biggest start-up in my life” .And now all his dreams seem to become reality with his continuous progresses in many sectors of ICT including 2nd BPO Summit organizing project, first IT Incubator launching etc. Honorable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has always given priority towards the development of ICT sector as Digital Bangladesh is a modern philosophy of using appropriate technology of implement all pledges, including poverty alleviation, ensuring quality education health services and generating employment opportunities for the people. In concern to the continuous development recently Sajeeb Wazed Joy, ICT affairs Advisor to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh recently launches some historical projects.

 

 

 

2nd BPO Summit:

The two day long Second BPO Summit 2016 was inaugurated by Sajeeb Wazed Joy, on 28 July. The first BPO summit was held in 2015 and following the success this is the second time international BPO Summit is taking place in our country.The prime objective of hosting this Summit is to highlight the contribution of the BPO sector in the country’s economy as well as to encourage more youth to work in outsourcing and to provide entrepreneurs a platform for them to be recognized internationally. The summit paves the way for industry experts and clients to meet under one roof and exchange their ideas and thoughts for an enhanced vision and making new steps towards innumerable possibilities. This year’s summit, themed ‘Domestic Experience, Global Business’, aims at projecting available local skills in the light of domestic experience.

In a bid to take the country’s Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) sector into the fast lane, Sajeeb Wazed Joy said that, the government is collaborating with the BPO sector directly as Bangladesh needs lots of workers in this sector. Considering that necessity, the ICT Division has taken a project to train 40,000 IT experts. We will create 200,000 jobs every year through BPO by 2021,”. “Digital Bangladesh is no longer a dream” and “The country has 60 million internet users, and there is 100 percent telecommunication network at present,” he added.

In accordance with the recent development of ICT sector, Joy said that “we are proud of getting this opportunity to raise the 2nd international BPO summit in Bangladesh. We will showcase our strength and capabilities for the global BPO Industry. The journey of modern telecommunication technology in Bangladesh was initiated by our father of the nation and the greatest Bengali of all time Bangabondhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Immediately following independence Bangladesh under his guidance joined in in International Telecommunication during 1973… Within the last four decades Bangladesh has proven it Bangladesh has proven its competency in the global platform. Especially within the last 7 years Bangladesh has earned an internationally recognized place among ICT competitive countries. We have identified that without developing the local market, global businesses will not get permanent. Keeping that in mind we have made the theme of BPO Summit is “ Local Experience Global Business”. Today the worldwide BPO market acceds 600 billion dollars.”…Today we have 100% coverage in telecommunications network in Bangladesh… With support to the BPO industry in mind our government has decided to set up 10 IT training center nationwide so that we can trained our youth on IT skills tyo supply the workforce in  BPO industry.”

 

Mentioning about the development he boasted that “We are ahead of all other South Asian nations in socio economics indication and these includes India and Sri Lanka.”  “The ICT sector is doing well. Our growth in ICT sector is impressive. Growth in the BPO sector is one hundred percent.”

State Minister for ICT Division Zunaid Ahmed Palak, International Telecommunication Union Secretary General Houlin Zhao, Imran Ahmed Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) Chairman DrShahjahan Mahmood, ICT Secretary Shyam Sunder Sikder and BACCO President AhmadulHaque were present at the inaugural ceremony.

While stressing the success of recent ICT sector Joy also showcased the continuous improvement in the e learning sector. He pointed out on the fact that around 30, 000 e learning labs have already established and more are on process to be set up soon. And the government is also working on the sector of making electronic books. He stressed out that “Many of our computer science graduates are joining Google, Facebook and Microsoft and their qualification are not less than international standard,” and  “Today Bangladesh’s everyone including people sitting in any remote village can get their university results through mobile phone, they can buy bus ticket through mobile phone, even health services information through their mobile phone,” he mentioned.

BPO Summit Bangladesh 2016 is promised to make a mark on the entire BPO industry, attracting business owners and enlighten the young mind. This is the high time Bangladesh should take a leap and the summit is dedicated to make it happen. Through this juncture, it is expected to make ways for new strategic development aligned with the target of a Digital Bangladesh and strengthen our ICT sector. This carnival will bring the ICT companies, experts, key policy makers, industry leaders, professionals & other ICT stakeholders of the society under one roof for a greater purpose to head for to the BPO industry of Bangladesh. The summit will lead to plethora of episodes like seminars, idea collaboration, and confrontation of different platforms, job opportunity, hiring, and career discussion and so on.

 Attended by more than 20,000 attendees from corporate, institutional & individual buyers, the summit successfully was joined by almost 50,000 core community visitors. Throughout the  2 days of the summit around 10 foreign speakers & 30 local speakers and industry experts reveled their ideas and activities during the summit. The Key Event Tracks of the program included Infrastructure and Operational Readiness, Capitalizing Human Resource and Main drive for BPO, Building Social Awareness and Acceptance, E-governance: Leveraging Collaboration & Innovation, Pathway to Intelligently Outsourcing for Competitivenessaand  Confronting the Challenges of Transformation.

 

Country’s first ever it incubator launched

 

Country’s first ever it incubator has been inaugurated by Sajeeb Wazed, ICT affairs advisor to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh. To encourage innovative ventures of global standard and to take them to the global market, country’s first ever it incubator has launched at Dhaka. It is a joint initiative of the ICT division of Bangladesh government and mobile phone operator Banglalink.

IT Incubator is the platform to create digital entrepreneurship as a way to empower young people, give them purpose, and provide them with jobs and opportunities to be the part of global digital economy and society. it is the startups, who have grown from small to brigand have earned significant amount of revenue for themselves, as well as the nation. In light of that, ‘connecting startups 2016’ was kicked off with the aim of encouraging small and medium digital businesses as well as empowering startups. the 10 winning startups from “connecting startups” will receive complete support for 1 year at the it incubation by Banglalink.

10 winning startups will avail a free office space at the it incubation centre in Janata Tower Software Technology Park, along with a dedicated mentorship and accelerator amenities for 1 year which will help them to become active contributors and beneficiaries of the evolving digital economy. The remaining 40 of the top 50 startups will get the opportunity of using co-working space. These 40 startups will get accelerator facilities for three months. ICT division in collaboration with the Banglalink, one of the leading digital communications service providers, has been materializing this project.

 

The guest of honor, the secretary general of the international telecommunication union (ITU), Houlin Zhao, said“I congratulate the Bangladesh government for this bold initiative, which puts tech entrepreneurship at the heart of the country’s ICT development strategy. a supportive environment for SMES and young startups is one very effective way of nurturing a vibrant, innovative ICT sector, which in turn will help accelerate the development of many other sectors. SMES form an important part of the ICT business and start-ups are a rich source of innovation. Indeed, they are such an important part of the equation that i believe no big company will be successful without fostering very good cooperation with smes. this is why I’ve made it a priority to ensure that ITU increases its work with ICTSMES and start-ups.”

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