New high-tech parks to create more jobs

Construction work of several high-tech parks in different districts of the country is continuing with an aim to create huge employment opportunities. 

ICT State Minister Zunaid Ahmed Palak recently said, "Construction work of our high-tech parks across the country is continuing. Two high-tech parks are expected to inaugurate this year while seven high-tech parks are already in production and earning foreign currencies". 

According to Bangladesh Hi Tech Park Authority (BHTPA), at present 39 high-tech parks are being constructed in different parts of the country. Of them, Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology (CUET) IT Business Incubator and IT Training and Incubation centre at Khulna Science and Technology University will be inaugurated shortly. 

In these 39 hi tech parks, innovators and start-ups will get special privileges like free-of-cost space and others, where labs, incubation centres and other programmes will also be conducted. 

The government hopes to export US$ 1 trillion worth of software from these high-tech parks and software technology parks by 2030. 

In the seven high-tech parks, 120 local and foreign organizations have started their activities. Of these, about 71 have produced products in the IT sector. Stakeholders feel that the big companies they did not work as per the agreement.

These seven high-tech parks are in Kaliakoir, Jessore, Janata Tower, Rajshahi, Sylhet, Natore, and Chattogram. 

However, BHTPA officials said the allocations of 20 companies have already been canceled as they did not go for production as per plan. 

BHTPA managing director Hosne Ara Begum said, "We have cancelled our agreement with those companies which did not start working as per contract. However, as the Covid-19 situation is improving we are having huge response in our high-tech parks".  

It is to be noted recently, Oryx Bio-Tech’s plasma fractionation plant has invested US$ 300 million at Bangabandhu high-tech Park in Kaliakoir and it will create 2,000 high value jobs for science and technology background.  

ICT ministry secretary NM Zeaul Alam has said, "high-tech parks construction spread across the country as our Prime Minister wants to make IT hub in every districts". 

The Hi-Tech Park Authority has completed the construction work of seven Hi-Tech Parks in different districts including the capital after working for about eight years since 2013.