PM to open e-Asia 2011 today

PM to open e-Asia 2011 today
‘e-Asia 2011’, the Asia’s premier ICT event, begins today (Thursday) at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the city with its slogan ‘Realising Digital Nation’.

eAsia, an event of international Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), is organised every year, aiming to reinforce technology and knowledge-centric growth and the needs of Asia vis-à-vis Bangladesh through capitalisation of the market economy and boosting human development.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the 5th e-Asia ICT fair while President Zillur Rahman will join its closing function on December 3.

This year eAsia commemorates the 40th birth anniversary of Bangladesh and celebrates the progress of Digital Bangladesh agenda of the government.

Bangladesh Computer Association, Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services, Bangladesh Callcentre Association, Mobile Operators Associations and ISP Association of Bangladesh with support from A2I Progamme of Prime Minister’s Office will jointly arrange the three-day mega event.

It will exhibit the country’s achievements in ICT and exchange experiences for further development of the ICT sector.

Earlier, State Minister for Science and ICT Yeafesh Osman said that some 500 ICT representatives, including ICT experts, would take part in the event.

He said the ICT will play an important role in bringing change in the country and the e-Asia will help develop the ICT sector.

During the event, some 30 seminars and workshops will be held to exhibit contemporary ICT initiatives. China, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, India, Japan and Thailand will set up pavilions to put on display their ICT products and initiatives.

The conference will provide a unique opportunity for all stakeholders for nation building to come closer and share a level-playing ground through active conferencing and networking.

The speakers and attendees will include policymakers, senior government officials, industry leaders, international development agencies, civil society members, academia, and investors.

Five themes of the eAsia 2011 conference are: Building capacity, connecting people, serving citizens, driving economy and Breaking barriers. —UNB


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