|American International University-Bangladesh (AIUB) hosted a roundtable discussion titled “Roundtable on National ICT Roadmap” at its campus on June 21. The prime objective of this roundtable was to gather opinion from the academicians about the national ICT roadmap and convey it to the government with the vision to achieve a sustainable national ICT policy.
Dr. Carmen Z Lamagna, Vice Chancellor, AIUB in her welcome note said. “We are delighted to host this roundtable discussion. I express my sincere gratitude to chief guest, moderator and all discussants for their active participation to this roundtable event. I am confident that this roundtable will bring many vital issues in limelight that in practice will help government to adopt a sustainable ICT policy”.
Chief Guest of the roundtable, Mr. S.M. Wahid-uz-Zaman, Honorable Secretary of the Ministry of Science and Information & Communication Technology, The Government of Peoples Republic of Bangladesh said, “Organizing this roundtable is a worthwhile decision and I believe this gives a unique platform to academic professionals to contribute in national ICT roadmap”.
“Government has recognized that ICT has an enormous power to leverage socio-economic activities. For this reason, a comprehensive ICT policy is invaluable to ensure ICT based development. In this regard, industry and academia can help government to adopt a pragmatic ICT policy”, he added.
Dr. Atiur Rahman, Professor, Development Studies, Dhaka University and Chairperson, Unnayan Shamannay moderated the entire roundtable session. He said, “Time has come to take more innovative approach to implement ICT in each and every parts of our national life. We must ensure global standard IT education and at the same time government should come forward to digitalize its activities in order to ensure transparency and provides quality services to the citizens”.
T.I.M. Nurul Kabir, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Spinnovation and Dr. Ananya Raihan, Executive Director, D.Net (Development Research Network) presented keynote paper on behalf of Gov3 Limited. Mr. M.A. Kabir, Assistant Professor, Computer Science Department, AIUB also presented another keynote paper on current ICT scenario of Bangladesh.
The roundtable event was also supported by Bangladesh Computer Council (BCC), Gov3 Limited, Spinnovation, D.Net and Bangladesh Telecentre Network (BTN). NeoSTAR Alliance (NSA) a forum of university students and professionals was in charge of event management of this roundtable discussion.