Dhaka, Bangladesh
High skills IT jobs needed to meet future challenges

High skills IT jobs needed to meet future challenges

Speakers at a dialogue in the city on Thursday said Bangladesh should create high skills IT jobs which will be pertinent to next 30-40 years, reports UNB. Alongside tangible IT infrastructures, the government needs to focus on intangible IT infrastructures like IT laws including copyright law, they said. The leadership dialogue on 'Bangladesh ICT Soaring to New Heights' was arranged as part of the Digital World 2017 in the city's Bangabandhu International Conference Centre. "We must ensure that we are not creating low skills IT jobs. We've to create high skills IT jobs which is pertinent to next 30-40 years," said Nipun Mehrotra, Chief Digital Officer (India/South Asia) of IBM. He said the digitisation should not be considered as aspiration, rather it needs to be treated as the foundation to get IT intelligence. Nipun, however, said he was surprised seeing Bangladesh's progress in ICT sector. "Bangladesh's IT sector has huge potentials," she said. Som Mittal, previous president of The National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM), said Bangladesh needs to focus on copyright laws to stop piracy and other intangible IT infrastructures alongside tangible IT infrastructures like IT curriculums in schools and colleges, IT parks and cable connectivity. Kazi M Aminul Islam, Executive Chairman of Bangladesh Investment Development Authority said Bangladesh is working to make business and investment environment convenient. "In case of promotion of IT sector, we will take very inclusive approach," he said. Sonia Bashir Kabir, Microsoft Bangladesh Head, said the government is doing a lot for the development of IT sector. But the private sector really needs to pick up the speed and follow the government's leadership, she said. Sonia Bashir said everyone should have access to technology, which is not seen right now. Sami Ahmed, Component team leader of Leveraging ICT Project of Bangladesh Computer Council, made a Powerpoint presentation. In his presentation, he said the number of mobile users increased to 141 million now from 20 million in 2008 in the county, while that of internet users went up at more than 80 million from only one million in 2008. Sami Ahmed said the number of social media is now more than 27 million, which was insignificant in 2008.

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