Hasina likely to highlight 4IR in Bangladesh at WEF

Sheikh Shahariar Zaman
Published : 04:00, Jun 20, 2019 | Updated : 04:00, Jun 20, 2019

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina along with other world leaders attends the inauguration ceremony of the International Defence Exhibition (IDEX-2019) at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center on Sunday (Feb 17). FILE PHOTOPrime Minister Sheikh Hasina will attend the World Economic Forum (WEF) Summer Davos to discuss about her vision to shape the future of Bangladesh and is likely to highlight fourth industrial revolution (4IR).
The fourth industrial revolution is characterised by a fusion of technologies that is blurring the lines between the physical, digital and biological spheres, collectively referred to as cyber-physical system.
The WEF Annual Meeting of the New Champions will be held in Dalian in China from Jul 1 to Jul 3 when politicians, business people and think-tanks will discuss about Globalization 4.0.
WEF founder and Executive Chairman Klaus Schwab has invited four other prominent personalities in Bangladesh to attend the gala conference.
They are Telecoms Minister Mustafa Jabbar, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahariar Alam, State Minister for Energy Nasrul Hamid and State Minister for IT Zunaid Ahmed Palak.
“The composition of invitation shows that the global leaders want to hear about how technology is shaping up in Bangladesh and its impact on the society,” said a government official.
The homework has been done as the government has attached immense importance to the fourth industrial revolution, according to the official, who asked not to be named.
It has been recognised the fact Bangladesh will dance to the tune of technology and the government is ready for it, added the official.
In his proposed budget for FY20, Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal said, “The fourth industrial revolution is going to make massive changes in industrial production, business, employment, administration, and on all fronts. We cannot afford to lag behind.”
Marching forward to keeping pace with the world, the minister said, “ICT-based human resource will be the driving force in our dream of attaining higher economic growth.”
He also stressed Blockchain, Internet of Things and emphasised on innovations, research and development in the budget speech.