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Posts, telecommunications and information technology minister Mustafa Jabbar yesterday said Bangladesh has ensured its stake in world’s “fourth industrial revolution” being the first country to declare digital industrial revolution a decade ago.


“Incumbent Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina declared "digital revolution" on December 12, 2008,” a ministry press release quoted him as saying at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum-2019 in Geneva.

Jabbar, who is the chair of the five-day global event, said in the last ten years “this revolution transformed the agro-economy-based Bangladesh into the fourth industrial revolution in terms of efficiency”.

Jabbar said many countries were now talking about “revolution 4.0” which is commonly referred to as the fourth industrial revolution. The minister said technology and information are inevitable to build up a knowledge-based and balanced society.

“Now each people and each country are connected and it"s the outcome of technology . . . not the rich and developed countries alone, the developing and poor countries have to work jointly to build up a balanced and knowledge-based society,” he added.

The WSIS is a United Nations (UN) multi-stakeholder platform facilitating the implementation of the WSIS Action Lines for advancing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It is co-organized by ITU, UNESCO, UNDP and UNCTAD, in close collaboration with all WSIS Action Line co-/facilitators and other UN organizations.

Mentioning once Bangladesh was a country of agriculture-based economy, Mustafa Jabbar said the country could not able to participate in the first three industrial revolutions.

Each country of the world has separate perspective regarding 5G, robotic, internet of things and other modern technologies as well which could be a good opportunity for one while discomfort for another, he said, adding, “but, each country has to adopt this opportunities of technology with own way.”

Bangladesh is very first time is chairing in the WSIS Forum since its establishment, and this year more than 3,000 representatives including over 100 ministers from 150 countries are taking part at the forum which would end April 12.

 

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