Digital World 2017 to kick off on Dec 6


The government, in association with the private sector, is expected to hold an exhibition next month at the price of 12 crore to showcase the progress made by the Bangladeshi computer industry in the rest of the world.

"Bangladesh is now ready in all aspects of the ICT ecosystem," said Zunaid Ahmed Palak, State Minister for ICT, at a press conference yesterday at the Janata Software Technology Park in Dhaka.

Called the digital world, the four-day event is now in its fifth year. In last year 's edition, about 70 million worth of orders were received.

The ICT industry will certainly get more orders this year as more and more foreign companies will take part, Palak said.

Up to now, 162 companies, including Google, Facebook, Motorola, Qualcomm, have registered for the exhibition, which will begin in Dhaka on December 6 with the slogan "Ready for Tomorrow".

"We, with our huge skilled human resources and world-class infrastructure, will go with our hearts and souls to face the Fourth Industrial Revolution," said Palak.

The government has established 28 software parks across the country and reduces the tax on equipment to 1 percent from 25 percent. The ICT industry also enjoys huge tax benefits.

"We will present this to foreign companies so that they are tempted to invest here," said the state minister.

The organizers – the ICT Division and the Bangladeshi Association of Software and Information Services – are expected to be attended by about 400 exhibitors from the country and abroad and 5 lakh visitors.

The event will take place at the Bangabandhu International Conference Center and will be open from 10am to 8pm daily.

On the site there will be nine areas: software showcase, e-governance, e-commerce, games, experience, start-up, mobile innovation, made-in-Bangladesh and international area.

The ministers of Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Philippines, Congo and Maldives are expected to attend the event.

ICT Secretary Subish Kishore Choudhury and BASIS Senior Vice President Russell T Ahmed were also present at the press conference.



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