Janata Tower to become first software park | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, August 04, 2010 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, August 04, 2010

Janata Tower to become first software park

All is set to turn the abandoned and much talked about 11-storey Janata Tower at the capital's Karwan Bazar into the country's first software park.
The park will bring the nation's leading software and hardware companies together so that they can share ideas and technologies, and collaborate towards the development of the country's science and technology, sources said.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina took the decision at the National ICT Taskforce meeting held at her office yesterday.
This was the first meeting of the taskforce -- a committee to guide and facilitate the ICT sector of the country -- since Awami League-led alliance assumed office.
According to Anir Chowdhury, the policy adviser to the Access to Information (A2I) programme of the Prime Minister's Office, the government had plans to build software parks in Kaliakoir and Mohakhali. But they are stalled because of technical problems and high density of population in the areas.
The software park at Karwan Bazar will be built through a Public Private Partnership with an active role from Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS), Bangladesh Computer Samity, Bangladesh Computer Council and the Ministry of Science and ICT, Chowdhury added.
BASIS President Maubub Zaman said the building would offer a number of shared resources such as uninterruptible power supply, telecommunications hubs and high-speed bandwidth.
The park would offer considerable advantages to hosted companies by reducing overhead costs.
Once finalised, the Tk 35 crore project would take nine months to one year to complete, he added.
Janata Tower, abandoned for 10 years, aroused legal disputes and controversies over the years until the decision came yesterday.
The premier also said the government is considering setting up two separate ministries for railway and ICT to ensure better services to the people, UNB adds.
“Railway's role in the country's socio-economic development is enormous. We must ensure best use of railway communication facilities,” the news agency quoted Sheikh Hasina as saying.
On ICT, she said a separate ministry needs to be established for this sector to take the advantage of its unlimited potentials and reach the benefit to the people.

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