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Mustafa Jabbar: Bangladesh will lead the 4th industrial revolution

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    Mustafa Jabbar: Bangladesh will lead the 4th industrial revolution
    Kamrul Hasan

    https://www.dhakatribune.com/techno...adesh-will-lead-the-4th-industrial-revolution
    • Published at 09:58 pm January 12th, 2019
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    Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology Minister Mustafa Jabbar addresses a roundtable discussion titled '4th Industrial revolution (4IR) – Are we ready' at the Brac Centre Inn auditorium in Dhaka on Saturday, January 12, 2019 Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune


    ‘I will do everything to make the learning of program coding compulsory in primary education’

    Although Bangladesh missed the previous three industrial revolutions, the country will lead the world in the fourth, ICT minister Mustafa Jabbar said.

    The minister made the remarks while addressing a roundtable discussion titled “4th Industrial revolution (4IR) – Are we ready.” The roundtable was organized at the Brac Centre Inn auditorium in Dhaka, with the ICT minister as chief guest.

    “Bangladesh missed three industrial revolutions before it could even notice them, but the country will lead the fourth,” he said.

    “I think 4IR is not about technology, but how you respond to technology. Many people believe that there will be a scarcity of jobs as more technology is used, but once 4IR is in full flow, ten other sources of jobs will be created in the country,” the minister added.

    The ICT minister further said the network of the union digital centres set up in the country is an example for the rest of the world.

    The setting up of as many as 4,554 union digital centres, an e-procurement system, more than 100 simplified public services, and smart health cards are among the initiatives that is leading Bangladesh towards the 4IR.

    Although it is possible for the government to make the majority of processes paperless, the question of whether the public is ready for such a change remains, the ICT minister said.

    He added that he wishes to make the programming subject mandatory in primary education.

    Earlier, A2i Project Director Mustafizur Rahman said a recent study found that hundreds of thousands of people may lose their jobs by installing technology during the 4IR.

    “We conducted surveys of five sectors regarding the implementation of the 4IR, and found 20% of jobs in the tourism sector would be lost, amounting to about 600,000 jobs. Similarly, 35% of jobs in the leather sector, amounting to about 100,000 jobs, would also be lost,” he said.

    Furthermore, 600,000 jobs in the agricultural sector and 1.4 million jobs in the furniture sector are also under threat due to the introduction of new technology in 4IR. The garment sector stands to lose 60% of jobs.

    The majority of the jobs under threat are low-skilled in nature.

    Mustafizur Rahman further said they are addressing challenges regarding 4IR through a Skill for Employment program, under which 262 girls have received jobs along with their certificates of completion.

    DCCI President Osama Taseer, former president of ASOCIO Abdullah H Kafi, and Founding Managing Director of shohoz.com Maliha M Quadir also addressed the roundtable, with eGeneration Chairman Shameem Ahsan in chair.

    eGeneration Director Musfique Ahmed and Asian Tiger Capital Chairman Ifty Islam presented the keynote papers.
     
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    :omghaha::omghaha::omghaha: - how? please explain so that the rest of the world can understand?????
     
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    "Leading" is just BAL-speak for adopting things 10 years after everyone else.
     
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    Experts say Bangladesh needs Fourth Industrial Revolution plan to reap benefits
    FE Report | Published: January 13, 2019 09:43:16 | Updated: January 13, 2019 09:56:45

    [​IMG]Shameem Ahsan, Chairman of eGeneration Group addressing a roundtable titled "4th Industrial Revolution - Are we ready" at BRAC Inn Auditorium on Saturday. Mustafa Jabbar, Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology Minister was present as the Chief Guest at the roundtable, arranged by eGeneration. FE Photo

    Bangladesh needs to develop a Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) strategy on its own to cope with the next wave of global technological transformation, experts said on Saturday.

    They also called for creating a pool of efficient human resources as well as a change in the corporate mindset for facing this ongoing technological revolution.

    Their views came at a seminar on 'Fourth Industrial Revolution: Are We Ready' hosted by leading local IT company eGeneration in Dhaka city.

    "It is time we develop a national strategy for Industry 4.0," said Ifty Islam, chairman of Asian Tiger Capital Partners, the country's leading private equity firm.

    "China has already developed a national AI [artificial intelligence] master plan which is one of the most detailed and advanced in the world."

    "We need something similar for Bangladesh as well," Mr Ifty, who previously worked for Deutsche Bank and Citigroup as top executive before forming the AT Capital, told the seminar.

    The Oxford-graduate investment banker also noted that China is currently developing a 'Digital Silk Road' or 'Digital BRI' as part of its Belt and Road Initiative.

    "We need to see how we can engage with this Digital Silk Road initiative of China," he added.

    Such views are coming at a time when the impact of fourth IR is becoming a major concern not only for Bangladesh, but also globally.

    The 4IR is characterised by emerging technologies like robotics, AI, nanotechnology, quantum computing, biotechnology, internet of things, 5G, additive manufacturing/3D printing and fully autonomous vehicles.

    Experts often warn that the advent of such technologies, especially robotics and AI, may result in massive extinction of jobs which require repetitive manual labour.

    In this context, speakers at the event called for developing a national strategy to outline future paths for making the country ready for the 4IR.

    "We need to formulate a strategy along with an implementation plan," Mr Islam said, adding: "Corporate houses of the country also need to change their mindset."

    Meanwhile, experts at the seminar also warned that failure to cope with the 4IR in time may lead to massive lay-offs at global and national levels.

    "Two billion jobs will be displaced globally by 2030 as a result of technological advances," said Musfique Ahmed, a Bangladeshi-born international consultant.

    He is working with digital governance schemes in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.

    "However, those who seize the upside will see a wealth of opportunities as proper use of automation can also result in 25-50 per cent cost savings," Mr Ahmed added.

    "At local level, 60 per cent of the ready-made garment jobs, 35 per cent of leather-sector jobs and 20 per cent of tourism-sector jobs will go," said Md Mustafizur Rahman.

    He is the project director of Access to Information (A2I) programme of the Prime Minister's Office.

    "Around 1.4 million jobs of furniture industry as well as 0.6 million jobs of agro-processing industry will also vanish," said Mr Rahman quoting a recent study done under his A2I programme.

    In this context, the speakers emphasised enhancing the skill base of the young workforce to make it compatible with future demands.

    "Currently, there are huge skill shortages in the country when it comes to technology and analytics," said Maliha Quadir, founder and managing director of Shohoz, a major ride-sharing startup.

    "So, we have to put a lot of emphasis on skill development," she said, calling for a concentrated strategy to bring back and utilise the Bangladeshi talent living abroad.

    The speakers also stressed a policy environment conducive to fostering necessary innovations needed to cope with the upcoming technological transformation.

    "There can be no innovation without financing. And we need to develop a proper ecosystem to foster such innovation," said Shawkat Hossain, managing director of BD Venture Limited.

    Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Osama Taseer called for implementing a pilot project to see how the 4IR can help the local RMG industry become more productive, effective and cost-efficient.

    Speaking on the occasion, telecoms and ICT minister Mustafa Jabbar called for utilising the country's demographic dividend to reap the benefits of the 4IR.

    "The advent of new technology doesn't necessarily mean massive job losses for Bangladeshis," he uttered.

    "Rather, we can lead the world in fourth industrial revolution through using our young talented workforce," the minister said.

    He, however, highlighted the need for improving the standards of education and enhancing the skill base to cope with the new technological changes.

    "Previous industrial revolutions resulted in greater social and economic disparity. We need to see the same doesn't happen with the 4IR," Mr Jabbar said.

    "Our businesses also need to be ready for the fourth industrial revolution and that requires a big change in the mindset," he added.

    Mutual Trust Bank Limited managing director Anis A Khan and eGeneration chairman Shameem Ahsan also spoke.

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    Jabbar should try "leading" with the 4G expansion first.

    Data networks do not function in Dhaka when moving in a car, etc..
     
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    this is when i know his words mean nothing. you teach coding to children in secondary education aka highschool...
    and bangladesh will need help of canada if it wants to even dream of leading the said 4th industrial revolution.... the country that will have expertise in AI will lead the world, so yeah
     
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    Try to grow your own first unicorn start up first, then talking big to lead 4th industrial Revolution. China and US lead all the way with their mature ecosystems and technology, i even dare to say China got more edge as they working towards cashless and cardless society and nurture more start up compared the rest of the world. Meanwhile US got more established social media platform and e commerce platform at their back worldwide
     
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    Total and complete idiot!
     
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    Like alpha wolves, they lead from behind.
     
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