S Korea to support in digital economy

South Korea will support Bangladesh to expand digital economy ensuring cyber security, envoy Lee Jang- Keun said assuring cooperation in digitalization of citizen services.

During the call-on with ICT State Minister Zunaid Ahmed Palak on Tuesday, Ambassador Lee also mentioned South Korea will play role of facilitator in development of digital municipality services including education, health and communication in Bangladesh.

S Korean deputy ambassador Kim Cheol Sang and Korea International Cooperation Agency country director Hun Jin ju were also present at the meeting at ICT Tower in capital’s Agargaon.

State Minister Palak shared about the development of Digital Security Agency building at Bangabandhu Hi-tech City, national security operation centre, national digital forensic lab, emergency response platform,

“The government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has expanded digital services upto rural area. ICT Division is implementing different projects for infrastructure for technology including 28 hi-tech parks, Sheikh Russel Digital Lab, Sheikh Kamal IT Incubation Centres, Sheikh Hasina Institute of Frontier Technology,  establishments been working to reach digital services,” Palak briefed.

Expressing gratitude to S Korean government, ICT State Minister Palak mentioned that Digital Bangladesh master plan has been formulated in bilateral cooperation and the people in hardly reached communities are getting facilities through Digital Island Maheshkhali’ project.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the ‘Digital Moheshkhali’ project in 2017 to reach education through connectivity at the hardly reached area under Cox’s Bazar district.

ICT Division in association with Korea Telecom and International Organization for Migration (IOM) jointly implemented the project worth of Tk 223.5 million.

Palak further mentioned that Bangladesh is following the S Korean model in leveraging technology to tackle corona virus and coop with ‘new normal’.

S Korean ambassador appreciated the role of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for making significant progresses in different sectors including technology.

Assuring support to Digital Bangladesh vision, envoy Lee further mentioned that Bangladesh and South Korea will be benefited mutually through taking technology sector to ‘next level’ of development.

Among others, ICT Division Senior Secretary Zeaul Alam, Bangladesh Hitech Park Authority Managing Director Hose Ara Begum, Bangladesh Computer Council Executive Director Parthapratim Deb, Digital Security Agency Director General Rezaul Karim were present.


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