Speaker of the Parliament Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury on Tuesday said innovation, led by information and communication technology (ICT), could unlock Bangladesh’s development challenges.
She made the remark while kicking off the far ranging discussions at the second annual Social Good Summit via a live stream from parliament.
The event organized by the United Nations Development Program in partnership with Brac, Ericsson and BASIS brought together development practitioners, community mobilizers, innovators and a large cross-section of the youth to Dhaka University (DU) Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban.
The Speaker said, “Today, thanks to technology, we’re able to save millions of lives from natural disasters by sending out early warnings through SMS’s.
“We’re on track with the Millennium Development Goals, especially with Goal 2: Education for All with e-learning centers, reaching the hardest to access children across the country.”
She went on to say the youth are at the heart of the digital transformation of Bangladesh and they are bold enough to challenge limits to find innovative solutions and market linkages.
DU Pro-vice-chancellor Prof Dr Nasreen Ahmad also spoke at the event and she highlighted the convergence of technology and education as a catalyst for development in Bangladesh.
UNDP Resident Representative Neal Walker came up with a prerecorded message where he spoke about the power of human-centric technology - simple, available and accessible technology that has saved millions of lives.
Pauline Tamesis, UNDP Country Director, talked about the importance of the summit and how it offers the youth of a nation a chance to be heard.
“It’s the youth who will have to take on the challenge of transforming Bangladesh. This conference is our way of recognizing the power of simple, low cost solutions which can have a tremendous impact on the lives of millions across the world,” she said.
Managing Director of Ericsson in Bangladesh Gary Dewing, Senior Director of Strategy, Communications and Capacity Division of Brac Asif Saleh, actor and community organizer Iresh Zaker, among others, spoke on the occasion.