Development of women can ensure 10pc GDP growth: Palak

Dhaka,  Monday,   2016-09-18
Published : 18 Sep 2016, 21:58:28

Development of women can ensure 10pc GDP growth: Palak

Development of women can ensure 10pc GDP growth: Palak
State Minister for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Division Zunaid Ahmed Palak expects Bangladesh’s GDP will reach double digit soon if development of women is ensured.

"Bangladesh already has achieved seven per cent growth rate in GDP and soon the GDP would soon cross 10 per cent if the women population would come under the development streamline", said Palak.

The minister said it while addressing a roundtable discussion as a chief guest on 'Digital Content for Women in Agriculture' held at the Jatiya Press Club (JPC) in Dhaka, reports BSS.

Country's economic growth could be revitalised through imparting training to the women farmers on ICT development, he said.

"Our women farmers living in the rural areas are being deprived economically in terms of their products ", the state minister told the function.

To address the women entrepreneurs, the ICT division will setup 64 e-shops throughout the country under the E-shop project, said Palak.

Besides, the approved project on mobile application and game development also will open up employment opportunities for women.

At the discussion Professor Dr Abdul Mannan Akhanda of Bangabandhu Agriculture University, Gazipur emphasised on coordinating ICT division with other ministry including agricultural division to transform the country into a digital one.  

The UK-based Oxfam in association with Bangladesh Association of Software Information Services (BASIS), Citizens Solidarity, Australia-based Monash University and Protik jointly organised the roundtable.

Priodharsini Abi presented the keynote speech at the function while Mostafa Zabbar moderated the roundtable. - IH

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