4IR & ICT is a reality now. Bangladesh needs to prepare for this. The strategy prepared by the government in this respect may be strengthened further by the inputs from the private sector. BUILD prepared a concept note to identify some gaps in comparison with similarly placed countries and identified some areas on which Bangladesh needs to emphasise. In this respect, a presentation was made to gather some more ideas in the 2nd meeting of 4IR and the ICT working committee of BUILD. Concerned government and private sector representatives were present. The meeting was co-chaired by Mr Bikarna Kumar Ghosh, Managing Director, Bangladesh Hi-Tech Park Authority (HTPA), and Mr Syed Almas Kabir, President, Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS). Mr A K Khan, Chairperson, BUILD, Dr Mohammad Alamgir, Member, UGC, among others, were present.
Mr Bikarna Kumar Ghosh, Managing Director, Bangladesh Hi-Tech Park Authority, thanked BUILD for organising the 2nd meeting of the 4IR&ICT Working Committee as well as for presenting an informative keynote presentation. He focused on the harmonised collaboration between the relevant stakeholders of the public and private sector to ensure sustainable growth of the 4IR&ICT industry in Bangladesh. He assured that while the government has taken a number of initiatives and implemented policy measures in that respect, the door is always open for the private sector to come up with innovative and justified recommendations. He added that all the inputs, recommendations, and expert opinions gathered from this session will be well taken and addressed in the further report by BUILD.
Mr Syed Almas Kabir, President, BASIS, shared his observation on data privacy guidelines, stressing the urgency of its implementation. Proper data privacy is required to enhance Big Data expansion. IOT issue needs to be addressed as a priority agenda under the Digital Security Policy. Expansion of 5G internet is a critical need for eventually developing the IoT and 4IR technologies. Up-skilling and re-skilling of workers is essential to ensure that there is minimum disruption in the labour market as automation through industrial robotics technology is coming fast. It is high time to collaborate with the international robotics industry to the domestic industry.
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