Bangladesh Internet Week 2015 Comes To An End
Bangladesh Internet Week of 2015, country's largest Internet festival, has connected and engaged 1 crore 22 lakh people, State Minister Zunaid Ahmed Palak has said. The festival came to an official end with a big event at the City Indoor Stadium at Sylhet's Rikabi Bazaar last Friday. The festival comprised of three big events in three major cities and related festivals in 487 upzillas which was organized by Bangladesh Association of Software & Information Services (BASIS), Information & Communication Technology (ICT) department and Grameenphone. Various e-commerce, web portals, mobile applications and local mobile-based initiatives took part in the event where visitors could directly see and know the processes of receiving these services.
State Minister for Information & Communication Technology Zunaid Ahmed Palak was present in the morning on Friday to inaugurate the closing ceremony with the Chairman of Congressional Standing Committee for Post, Telecommunication, Information & Technology Ministry Imran Ahmed, Sylhet City Corporation Mayor Badruddin Kamran, BASIS Chairman Shamim Ahsan, Director of Marketing at Grameenphone Nehal Ahmed, who were present at the ceremony as special guests. Former member of parliament Shafiqur Rahman Chowdhury, Sylhet District Commissioner Joynal Abedin, BASIS co-chairman and convener of Bangladesh Internet Week-2015 Russell T. Ahmed, BASIS co-chairman M. Rashidul Hassan, Additional Secretary of ICT department Partho Protim Dev, also spoke at the event.
Such an arrangement of a festival in so many places is the first in the world. Three big events in three major cities, events in 487 upzillas, at least 50 seminars in various universities, numerous social media and talk-shows, have directly engaged over 1 crore 22 lakh people
Also present at the ceremony were BASIS Secretary General Uttam Kumar Pal, Joint Secretary Mostafizul Rahman Sohel, Treasurer Shah Imraul Kayish, Director and Co-Convener of Internet Week-2015 Ashraf Abir, Director Samira Juberi Himika, Director Ariful Hassan Opu, Grameenphone Director (Stakeholder Relations) Ishtiaque Hussain Chowdhury and many more.
Chief guest Zunaid Ahmed Palak said in his speech, "Such an arrangement of a festival in so many places is the first in the world. Three big events in three major cities, events in 487 upzillas, at least 50 seminars in various universities, numerous social media and talk-shows, have directly engaged over 1 crore 22 lakh people. They have now been able to see, know and use the internet and all other related services. The benefits of this festival will be seen in the future."
Special guest Imran Ahmed, Chairman of Congressional Standing Committee for Post, Telecommunication, Information & Technology Ministry has called on the internet service providers including Grameenphone to reduce the price of internet. He said, "Government has taken down bandwidth price from Tk. 70,000 to Tk. 650. But general customers are not enjoying the benefits of it. More emphasis should be given on it."
BASIS Chairman Shamim Ahsan said, "We, including the government, want to see Sylhet as the second IT hub after Dhaka. In this continuation, BASIS and BITM will soon open their Sylhet branches. The local youth will be able to receive free training and get employment opportunities."
Earlier, Internet Week was held at Banani ground of the capital from 5th to 7th September. After that, the festival was celebrated in Rajshahi on 9th September. Successively, the festival came to Sylhet last Friday.