First Software Technology Park launched

Software-Technology-ParkDaily Dhaka Times: The first Software Technology Park in the country has been launched on Sunday.

Sajeeb Wazed Joy, ICT advisor to the prime minister, inaugurated the event at Bangladesh Computer Council auditorium in the capital’s Agargaon in the morning.

In 2000, the government acquired Janata Tower after the High Court convicted former president HM Ershad in a corruption case in connection with the purchase of the land.

Recently, the government resolved the issue, considering the court order by establishing the Software Technology Park (STP) at the Janata Tower.

The government declared Janata Tower to be a Software Technology Park for expansion of the country’s high-tech industry, according to Bangladesh High-tech Park Authority Law 2010.

Later in 2012, the tower was handed over to the software and information-based trade body – Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS).

The 11-storey structure, situated at Karwan Bazar, had been abandoned for a decade because of legal disputes and controversies centring the building.

“This is one of my dreams in the ICT sector. Due to several issues, the project work could not be started in last three years,” Joy said in the inauguration ceremony.

The 60,000 square feet spaced software park will consist of IT firms. “New entrepreneurs will be given priority in the park,” he told during his speech.

This project was announced in 2012, by the first meeting of the Digital Task Force.

“The Software Technology Park will create revolutionary companies from Bangladesh in the likes of Google and Facebook in the future,” Joy hoped.

Currently, four companies have been allocated space in the park while that of others is underway.


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