Better Bangladesh Foundation (BBF) and BBF Global have organized Virtual Digital Bangladesh Summit-2020. The summit was held on October 31 at 7 pm Bangladesh time. Discussions were held on accelerating small and medium enterprises through the use of information technology. Honorable Minister of Posts and Telecommunications Mr. Mustafa Jabbar, Chairman of Better Bangladesh Foundation and BBF Global Chairperson Prof. Masud A. Khan presided over the function and Mr. Kamal Ahmed Majumder, State Minister for Industries and Mr. N M Ziaul Alam, Senior Secretary attended as Special Guests and Mr. Mr. Shafiqul Islam, Managing Director, SME Foundation was also present as the Guest of Honor. BASIS President Mr. Syed Almas Karib and Jugantor Editor Mr. Saiful Alam were present as Guests of Honor too. Also other present speakers were Tajdin Hasan, Head of Marketing, Daily Star and Rafiq Khan, CEO, BBF Global, USA , Mr. Sazzad Rashid, MD, BBF Global, USA, Ms. Rahima Mia, Chief Coordinator, BBF Global UK, Moin Kadri, Coordinator, BBF Global UK; Qatar’s chief coordinator Azad Ashraf, and BBF chief coordinator of Germany Abbas Chowdhury were present among others. The speakers said Bangladesh will celebrate the golden jubilee of independence next year. At the same time, the government has adopted Vision-2021 to ensure the usefulness of information technology by 2021 and to establish a knowledge-based advanced society, quality education and health care, poverty alleviation and good governance. One of the goals of Vision-2021 or Vision-2021 is to build a digital Bangladesh. The country is moving forward step by step on the path of this construction. For example, it is about entering the 4G era. Beyond 2G to 3G, the people of the country are now using the internet through the use of 4G technology. FiveG technology is also on the verge of launch. With the introduction of 4G technology, people in remote areas of the country are getting high speed internet facility. The number of internet users in the country has increased tremendously. According to the BTRC, the number of internet users till August this year is 10 crore 81 lakh 8 thousand. Of these, 9 crore 98 lakh 18 thousand subscribers are mobile internet users. The number of mobile internet users has increased for two main reasons. First, the economic potential of the people of the country has increased. Second, smartphone makers are delivering smartphones to consumers at lower prices. The government is moving forward with the driving force of four elements as a strategy to implement Digital Bangladesh. These strategic elements are: creating skilled human resources, bringing the people of the country under connectivity, e-governance and the expansion of information technology in the business sector. The world-renowned technology company Huawei is working as a companion of the government in this path. About one-third of the country’s total population is between the ages of 18 and 35. In other words, there are more working people as there are more young people than older people. It is important to transform this promising and productive youth group into a skilled human resource through well-organized, disciplined and efficient development. Realizing the need for this, the government has taken various steps to make the youth suitable for the 21st century through innovative technology. The government is creating digital learning content and providing a variety of digital devices to make it easier for students to learn. In addition, various steps have been taken to develop technical and vocational education to develop the skills of the youth. Speaking as the chief guest, Mustafa Jabbar said that under the leadership of Hon’ble Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, daughter of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu, unprecedented progress has been observed in the information technology sector in Bangladesh which is rare in the history of the world. He highly praised the global activities of the Better Bangladesh Foundation. Speaking as the chief guest, Mustafa Jabbar said that under the leadership of Hon’ble Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, daughter of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu, unprecedented progress has been observed in the information technology sector in Bangladesh which is rare in the history of the world. He highly praised the global activities of the Better Bangladesh Foundation.
The media partners at the summit were the English daily The Daily Star, the daily Jugantar, Channel I, BBF World News and the corporate partner Assure Group and the SME Foundation was as Strategic partner.