Prime Minister's Media Adviser and the Daily Observer Editor Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury on Thursday urged the journalist community to acquire knowledge in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to contribute to the international work stations through internet outsourcing.
PM's Media Adviser was addressing the inaugural session of "Basic Outsourcing Training Programme for Journalists" at Bangladesh Medical Association auditorium in the capital.
Information and Communication Technology division organized the training programme under the Learning and Earning Project where government has a vision to train up 55 thousands of youngsters.
Iqbal Sobhan said, "Digital Bangladesh is not a vision of the government alone but a common target of 16 crore people in the country. So we have to contribute to the nation from our own level to achieve Digital Bangladesh vision in joint force. The government is planning to involve 20 lakh skilled human resources in outsourcing sector. Then the sector will contribute additional 5 per cent to the national economy."
The Daily Observer Editor further said the training programmes for journalists will make them able to earn extra income.
Addressing as special guest ICT Sate Minister Zunaid Ahmed Palak said the government is planning to introduce a specialized social network named 'Alapan' to share its activities. The locally developed network will support around 14 lakh government officials to share files, photos as well as can execute all kind of official communications.
"We've planned to establish 10 training institutes for youths naming after Sheikh Kamal where the school and college goers will be able to earn money after training sessions," the State Minister said.
He also informed the journalists that Bangladesh ranks 22nd in the global ranking of internet outsourcing in 2016.
Learning and Earning Development Project Chief Manjur Kader Chowdhury and Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS) President Shameem Ahsan were, among others, present on the occasion.