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Experts: Collective intelligence will help achieve Perspective Plan 2041

We will be able to achieve innovation-based economy by 2041, Palak says

Update : 06 Jan 2022, 11:46 AM

Speakers at a program have emphasized utilizing collective intelligence to achieve the Perspective Plan 2041 to become a poverty-free, equitable, high-income country by then.

The government’s plan is focused on four major areas - becoming a fully digitalized developed economy, embracing a participatory, citizen-friendly and open government, championing the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), and developing the human capital.

Speakers voiced their opinions at a panel discussion on “Imagining Bangladesh 2041” on Monday organized by Aspire to Innovate (a2i).

State Minister for Information and Communication Technology Zunaid Ahmed Palak said: “The government established 13,000 Sheikh Russel Digital Computer Labs. The result is that we have more than 600,000 freelancers who are earning $750 million per annum. This was made possible under the proper guidance of Sajeeb Wazed Joy, IT advisor to the prime minister.”

“We will be able to achieve an innovation-based economy by 2041. We are confident enough to establish a knowledge-based economy as well,” he added.

Anir Chowdhury, policy advisor of (a2i) said: “Although automation has cut down some job opportunities, it will also create new opportunities.”

Moi Lin Fung, chair and co-founder of the California-based People Centered Internet, said: “The future I see for Bangladesh is showing the world how local communities are learning to be more inclusive and use digital devices.

Moreover, Geoff Mulgan, professor at University College London, said that an extraordinary change had come about in the information technology sector in the last 18 months due to Covid-19.

Rudmeela Nawsheen, founder and CEO of ConfigVR and ConfigRbot, discussed concepts of augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR) and mixed reality (MR) at the event.

Associate Prof Ruhul Abid of Brown University Warren Alpert Medical School talked about patients’ database creation without the internet but rather making internal connections.

“To ensure universal health coverage as part of sustainable development goals, we need an electronic medical system to know about the health condition of all, which is required to achieve the goal,” he said.

“In 2041, I don’t think that patients will need to go to the hospital. Whatever we do, we have to have the human touch, which is very important for mental health,” he added. 

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