To expand the IT market of Bangladesh further ‘Bangladesh ICT Expo-2016’has kicked off for the second time at Bangabandhu International Conference Center, with the slogan of ‘Meet Digital Bangladesh’.
The exhibition will be open for three days from 3rd to 5th March, starting from 10 am to 8 pm. The program has been designed with the intent to give an edge to the hardware industry of Bangladesh. Albeit Bangladesh has witnessed considerable growth in the software industry, there’s been little growth in hardware industry in the past. The program will promote the boundless potentialities of Bangladesh ICT industry, especially hardware or manufacturing sector.
Bangladesh ICT EXPO 2016 will showcase latest technologies of ICT with the collaboration of the government and Bangladesh Computer Samity. Bangladesh government has been working tirelessly to build ‘Digital Bangladesh’ and a hunger-free middle-income country and the role of ICT will be pivotal to achieving that beyond shadow of a doubt. The current world market of ICT industry is around $3.1 trillion and Bangladesh has extensive chance of capturing such a huge market.
There are also some affirmative sings around hardware export from Bangladesh in statistics. Before 2009, annual ICT export was mere 26 million which now has been surpassed by 300 million. The country can save huge foreign currency if Bangladesh can manufacture products here which are currently being imported at. The fair has 59 pavilions and 70 stalls displaying numerous ICT products. Around 400,000 visitors are expected to visit the fair everyday.
Bangladesh Computer Council, Bangladesh Hi-Tech Park Authority, Information & Communication Technology Department and Controller of Certifying Authority CCA are main collaborators behind the event. Furthermore, Dell, Microsoft, HP, Microlab, Walton, Symphony and many other technology organizations have allied the mega event .
Hi-Tech park will be established within next two years in Gazipur which is expected to provide employment opportunities for at least one lac people. Mr. Zunaid Ahmed Palak (ICT minister of Bangladesh) expressed his confidence that the exhibition will demonstrate the potentiality of the hardware industry perfectly to the investors.
What’s more, Bangladesh can be a golden goose for investment opportunities stated in a survey of Japan External Trade Organization. It costs only $49.5 to manufacture a product whereas $70 for manufacturing in other Asian countries like India, Pakistan, China.
The exhibition will create huge awareness to people on Digital Technology and create scope for earning foreign currency. Not only local manufacturers and service providers will be able to promote themselves but also foreign investment & opportunities will get an edge. On top of that, citizens will become accustomed to the user-friendly digital lifestyle.