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Bangladesh ICT Expo 2017 to kick off Oct 18

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ICT Expo 2017 is set to begin on October 18 in Dhaka, State Minister for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Zunaid Ahmed Palak announced at a press conference.The exhibition is aimed at showcasing the huge potential of the Bangladesh ICT industry, especially in the hardware sector.

In a press conference organised at the ICT office on October 11, Palak said: “We are organizing Bangladesh ICT Expo 2017 to give the country’s hardware sector a further boost and to represent the progress of Bangladesh in the ICT sector.”

“Bangladesh will be able to export ICT hardware products within the next few years. The capacity of hardware manufacturing and investments in this sector are increasing gradually as the government has decreased import duty of machinery needed for the industry,” he added.

The ICT Division, Bangladesh Hi-tech Park Authority (BHTPA) and Bangladesh Computer Society are jointly organising the exhibition.

Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal is expected to inaugurate the expo. On the second day of the expo, prime minister’s ICT Advisor Sajeeb Wazed Joy will inaugurate the official operation of Paypal in Bangladesh on October 19.

The three-day exposition will be held from October 18 to October 20 at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre. The event will be open for all from 10 am to 8 pm. A total of 87 organisations will take part in the expo with 62 pavilions and 70 stalls.

ICT Secretary Shyam Sundar Shikder, Managing Director of Bangladesh Hi-tech Park Authority (BHTPA) Hosne Ara Begum, and Bangladesh Computer Samity (BCS) President Ali Ashfaq were present at the conference.

-SAM

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