Bangladesh Government to set up software parks in all districts

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Bangladesh Government to set up software parks in all districts

Govt to set up software parks in all districts: minister

The government will set up software technology parks in all districts to boost the information and communication technology sector, ICT Minister Mostafa Faruque Mohammed said yesterday.

The minister spoke at a roundtable at Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS) in the capital.

He visited Jessore, Rajshahi and Sylhet to scope out the places where the parks will be set up. Other districts will also see such parks in future, he said.

At the roundtable, he also declared ICT incubator of BDBL Bhaban at Kawran Bazar in Dhaka the first software technology park of the country and said the under-construction park in Janata Tower, which is also at Karwan Bazar, will be the second.

The park at the BDBL Bhaban will get uninterrupted electricity and internet, he said, adding that the ICT ministry is also working to provide easy loans to the investors of the sector.

The initiative of setting software parks will encourage global ICT companies to invest in the country, according to the speakers at the roundtable.

They also stressed the need

for setting up more ICT incubators

in the city to help new entrepreneurs flourish.

Bangladesh could highlight itself as the land of freelancers or mobile technology, said former BASIS president Mahboob Zaman.

Another former BASIS leader Nahid Ahmed said the parks could also be set up on private initiatives to ensure rapid growth of the ICT sector.

Alam Kabir of BASIS highlighted the present scenario of the country's first software park. He said 43 companies under the park now generate Tk 49.30 crore in revenue annually.

Senior Vice President of BASIS Shameem Ahsan conducted the programme.