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Government plans to earn $5bn from ICT sector by 2021

Update : 12 Jan 2016, 06:24 PM

The ICT Division plans to earn US $5 billion by 2021 from Information and communication technology sector that can contribute around 5% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak said yesterday.   

“We will set up over 500 Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) centres across the country by this year to fulfil the government’s vision,” Palak announced his target while speaking at a press conference at the ICT Division at Agargaon.

The division organised the press conference to discuss the overall activities and achievements of the last two years of the present government.

Palak also announced the road map to ICT development for this year.

The junior minister said the government will establish digital forensic lab and digital security act would be approved this year to keep pace with time.

“A total of 30 lakh cases are pending in the court. Every day hundreds of people visit the courtyard to get a hearing date for a certain case.  Digitalisation of the judiciary is at the final stage which will help reduce hassle of the justice seekers,” said Zunaid Ahmed. 

He said the government has taken initiative to increase the number of innovative technology products to 1,000 that would be able to play a vital role to earn foreign currency.

The ICT Division has also taken initiatives to set up 7 IT incubators and training centres, four buses equipped with devices that would go to remote areas for providing training to women.

It will also establish online education academy, software quality assurance labs, 3,000 computer-cum-language labs by this year. 

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