By Serajul Quadir
DHAKA, Nov 18 (Reuters) - Bangladesh aims to raise its
export earnings from the information and communications
technology (ICT) sector to $5 billion in 2021, said Zunaid Ahmed
Palak, Junior Minister for ICT division of the Ministry of Post,
Telecommunications and Information Technology.
He told Reuters the country earned $800 million from the
sector last year and that this will reach $1 billion for the
fiscal year ending next June.
European countries, the United States, Canada, Russia and
India are among the main buyers for the sector, he said.
To showcase the sector to other countries, the ministry is
organizing a four-day exposition and conference from Dec. 6. He
said 162 organizations from around the world would be involved.
"To develop the sector along with the policy support, the
government is also providing a 10 percent cash incentive and 100
percent tax exemption facility," the minister said.
He said that to achieve the target the ministry is working
to develop human resources and has been carrying out training
for young people and collaborating with academic institutions.
"We have also focused on better production and developing
infrastructure," he said.
He said that in view of the country's rapid economic growth
the ministry was also working to train up cyber security
"The size of the economy is $246 billion, the growth of
economy is more than 7 percent for the last couple of years, so
we need to focus on cyber security,” he said.
(Reporting By Serajul Quadir; Editing by Hugh Lawson)
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