‘Bangladesh is a tech-savvy with demographic advantage’


Speakers at a meeting observed that Bangladesh is a tech-savvy country, with 60% people under the age of 33 years giving us a demographic advantage, which need to be utilised properly.  

The remarks were made in a meeting between the Chairperson of Business Initiative Leading Development (BUILD) Abul Kasem Khan and  Hosne Ara Begum, Managing Director (Secretary), Bangladesh Hi-Tech Park Authority (BHTPA) on Tuesday. 

The meeting was held at the office premise of BHTPA. BUILD CEO Ferdaus Ara Begum was also present at the meeting.

At the beginning of the meeting, Hosne Ara Begum, MD, BHTPA, raised her concern over impact of 4th industrial revolution on the labor market of the country. 

She said that  "It is very important to do proper research works to address these challenges. She gave her direction on the next activities of newly formed 4IR and ICT thematic working committee of BUILD, which is co-chaired by BHTPA MD and BASIS President. 

She said that a second meeting could be held at end of February 2021. BUILD Chairperson said that re-skilling will very important given the challenges of 4IR.

 He said, Bangladesh is a tech-savvy country, with 60% people under the age of 33 years giving us a demographic advantage, which we need to use. 

Stressing on research and innovation, he said that we need to invest in research, innovation and skills.

 He urged extensive research work for understanding the adaptation process of 4IR and automation in the public and private sector. 

Following examples of India and their success in ICT, BUILD Chair said that we need to engage our Bangladeshi Diaspora working in different ICT sectors around the world for shaping our 4IR strategy. 

BUILD CEO  Ferdaus Ara Begum urged for initiating a research work on the sectoral impact of 4IR in Bangladesh. According to her, impact of 4IR is not the same for every sector. 

We need sectoral study to understand the scenario. She said that BUILD’s 4IR and ICT working committee is going to start a gap analysis of Bangladesh in the field of 4IR with the help of e-CAB, BASIS and BHTPA. According to her, this study will help us understand our position in 4IR in the globe.

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Chairperson of Business Initiative Leading Development (BUILD) Abul Kasem Khan and  Hosne Ara Begum, Managing Director (Secretary), Bangladesh Hi-Tech Park Authority (BHTPA)and BUILD CEO Ferdaus Ara Begum pose for photo after a meeting on Tuesday.