State Minister for ICT Division Zunaid Ahmed Palak today said the Kaliakoir Hi-Tech Park has been renamed after Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman as a mark of respect to him.
“With the approval from the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Memorial Trust, the name of Kaliakoir Hi-Tech Park has been changed and from now on it will be called Bangabandhu Hi-Tech City,” he said while briefing journalists at Bangabandhu Hi-Tech Park, Gazipur.
He also said the Jessore Software Technology Park has been renamed after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the dreamer of Digital Bangladesh. Besides, the training center to be built in future will be named after sport organizer Sheikh Kamal, he added.
Managing Director of Bangladesh Hi-Tech Park Authority (BHTPA) Hosne Ara Begum, Managing Director of Summit Technopolis Farid Khan, Managing Director of Bangladesh Technocity Moinul Huq, World Bank representative Dr. Mokhlesur Rahman, BD venture Chief Sakhawat Hossain were present.
According to BHTPA, the Bangabandhu Hi-Tech City, 40 km away from capital Dhaka, is being built on 355 acres of land on Public-Private Partnership (PPP) basis. Of the 355 acres, 232 acres have been divided into five blocks and Summit Technopolis has been allocated block 2 and 5 and Bangladesh Technocity block 3 to develop. These two firms will invest over 233 million US dollars to construct multi-tenant building, industrial area, convention center, hotel and helipad among other things.
The state minister said the Bangabandhu Hi-Tech City will be made maintaining international standard and it will be a heart of the ICT sector.
He said the government has taken a good number of initiatives in the ICT sector including construction of 12 IT Parks across the country aimed at fulfilling the target of $5 billion ICT export by 2021.
Among the initiatives, the construction of Sheikh Hasina Software Technology Park is about to be completed and the move is on to hand over one lakh square feet area of the multi-tenant building to different IT companies, Palak said adding the government has also taken initiatives to build Barendra Silicon City at Rajshahi, IT Training and Incubation Center at Natore, Sylhet Electronic City, Mahakhali IT village and Sheikh Kamal Training Institute at divisional level.
The ICT state minister said if implemented there will be a scope of employment generation of 70,000 people at the Bangabandhu Hi-Tech City.
Later, the state minister witnessed the railway and building construction work now going at Bangabandhu Hi-tech City and expressed satisfaction over the progress of the implementation work, reports BSS, Gazipur.