Posts, Telecommunications and ICT Minister Mustafa Jabbar on Friday said the much anticipated Bangabandhu Satellite-1 will be in the orbit by March 26 to 31 next.
“The satellite awaits launching by March 26 to 31,” the minister told at a press conference to review of performance of the ministry coinciding with the completion of the fourth year of the second consecutive term of the incumbent government.
Jabbar said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina wants the day of the satellite launching to become a memorable one for the sake of the launching itself after the Independence Day celebrations.
The press meet was organised at Bangladesh Computer Council auditorium while State Minister for ICT Division Zunaid Ahmed Palak made a power-point presentation on the achievements of the sector in the last four years and highlight its planned initiatives.
“Our leader Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has set December 16, 2021, as deadline for establishing Digital Bangladesh. Our country will observe its golden jubilee of victory on that day,” said minister Jabbar.
He said the premier has farsightedness and sees Bangladesh as a member of the developed nations club by 2041.
“No leader before Sheikh Hasina had ever expressed his or her commitment to make their country digital. After her declaration, Great Britain made the declaration to build Digital Britain, India made declaration to build Digital India,” Jabbar said in the press meet.
He said Bangladesh used to follow other countries back in the days, but now other countries see Bangladesh as a role model.
“Henry Kissinger of the United States once termed Bangladesh a bottomless bucket, while the President of that same US during his Kenya visit said Kenyans should follow Bangladesh,” Jabbar said.
ICT Division Secretary Subir Kishore Choudhury presented the welcome speech on the occasion.
The newly appointed minister expressed his commitment to bring down the price of internet and boosting speed of providers.
Palak in his speech hoped that Bangladesh would produce such people who would lead the global ICT industries in the future.
The State Minister said the government is bringing about 2,600 union parishads under broadband connectivity. “Apart from building Sheikh Russel Digital Lab, we’re building specialised labs in universities and other institutes.”
He said the government has introduced the national emergency service – 999 – after reviewing 33 lakh phone calls while Paypal Xoom service has also been introduced in the country to bring money from abroad easily and duty has been withdrawn from 94 ICT products to give the sector a huge boost.