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President, PM issue messages on eve of World Telecom and Information Society Day

World Telecommunication Day has been celebrated annually on May 17 since 1969

Update : 16 May 2024, 11:29 PM

Bangladesh will celebrate World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) on Friday with the theme “Digital Innovation for Sustainable Development”.

WTISD-2024 will offer the chance to explore how digital innovation can help connect everyone and unlock sustainable prosperity for all.

On the eve of the day, President Mohammed Shahabuddin and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages on Thursday wishing the success of all programs of marking the day, BSS reported.

The Posts and Telecommunications Division and its affiliate organizations have chalked out elaborate programs across the country to mark the day.

Different television channels, including state-run Bangladesh Television (BTV) and Bangladesh Betar, are expected to broadcast discussions highlighting the significance of the day.

According to the United Nations, World Telecommunication Day has been celebrated annually on May 17 since 1969, marking the founding of International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the signing of the first International Telegraph Convention in 1865. 

The UN General Assembly adopted a resolution in March 2006 stipulating that World Information Society Day shall be celebrated every year on May 17 to focus on the importance of ICT and the wide range of issues related to the information society.

In his message, President Mohammed Shahabuddin said information technology and advanced telecommunication systems are indicators of the overall development and progress of any country. 

As a result of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's concerted efforts, fourth generation telecommunication services are in everyone's hands today, he said. Besides, big data, machine learning and AI-based activities are being adopted and implemented to achieve sustainable development goals.

In her message, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said that by establishing digital Bangladesh as per the election pledge given to the people, the Awami League government has implemented extensive development activities in the country's telecommunications and information technology sectors in the last 15 and a half years.

“We have modernized all services in the telecommunication sector,” the premier said.

“We have now entered the era of the fourth industrial revolution. I urge everyone to work together to reap the benefits of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and ensure world-class telecommunication and information technology services for the people,” she said.

“Let's turn Bangladesh into a 'Golden Bangladesh' as well as a better information technology dependent 'Smart Bangladesh' as dreamt by the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman through the collective efforts of all,” the premier said.

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