Bengali will be the third language in the world to use digital technology in the next 50 years, Minister of Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology Mustafa Jabbar has said.
To facilitate the use of Bengali in technology, he urged those concerned to come forward to ensure the quality of Bengali content and the preservation of all intellectual property.
Mostafa Jabbar said this during a discussion, “Use of Bengali in Technology”, hosted by mobile operator Robi in Dhaka on Saturday.
He said it would not be difficult at all if the mobile operators showed up. Robi’s initiative to use the Bengali language in technology is exemplary.
The minister said that the government has already embarked on a Tk159.2 crore project to develop 16 tools to facilitate the application of the Bengali language in technology.
Robi Acting CEO Riaz Rashid chaired the discussion addressed by Bijoy Digital CEO Jasmine Jui, Telecom Reporters Network Bangladesh President Rashed Mehedi and techshohor.com Editor Muhammad Khan. BTRC Director General Brigadier General Nasim Parvez delivered the keynote address at the event.
Nasim Parvez said that the inclusion of the Bengali language in technology has made it possible to dream of a digital Bangladesh. Although Bengali ranks seventh in terms of population, it is not among the top 40 languages in terms of internet usage. Therefore, the technology must reach through Bengali to people from all walks of life.
He said the country’s financial progress is accelerating due to the availability of mobile financial services in Bengali. Due to the growing use of Bengali language in technology, the digital divide will decrease.
Robi’s Chief Commercial Officer, Shihab Ahmed, also spoke during the discussion led by Robi’s Chief Corporate and Regulatory Officer, Shahed Alam.