The European Union (EU) has expressed interest in setting up an ‘IT Connect Platform’ with Bangladesh to facilitate information exchange for IT professionals. EU Ambassador to Bangladesh Charles Whiteley expressed this interest during a meeting with State Minister for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Junaid Ahmed at the ICT building in Agargaon on Tuesday.
According to a press release issued by the ICT Department, the meeting agreed to sign a memorandum of understanding between Bangladesh and the EU to provide scholarships for research and innovation to meritorious students of Bangladesh under the EU’s ‘Horizon’ program.
The state minister for ICT said the country’s IT sector stands on a strong footing. Various programs are being adopted and implemented to take the country from a labor-dependent economy to a knowledge-based economy. The Minister of State briefed the EU Ambassador on the various initiatives and future plans of the government in the ICT sector.
EU Ambassador Charles Whiteley said that Bangladesh has witnessed development in various sectors including ICT sector. He hoped that in future Bangladesh would go further in various fields including information technology. Charles Whitley also assured that the EU will be by the side of Bangladesh in the development of ICT sector.