State Minister for Information and Communication Technology Zunaid Ahmed Palak on Thursday (Jun 16) said that Barisal will be developed as silicon city which will make a significant contribution in building a smart Bangladesh. The state minister made the remarks while exchanging views with the newsmen after laying the foundation stone of the IT/Hi-Tech Park at Kashipur Mouza in Barisal in the morning, said press a release.
"Construction of the park will be completed within the next two years. It will create employment opportunities for 3,000 and training opportunities for 1,000 youths every year," he said.
Hoping that the high-tech park will turn Barisal region into a technology-rich city, the state minister said that, "The young generation of Barisal will be able to create employment opportunities for others and prepare themselves for employment by developing their talents properly."
Later, the state minister planted saplings of various medicinal and fruit trees in the yard of the park.
Barisal City Corporation Mayor Serniabat Sadiq Abdullah, Managing Director of Bangladesh Hi-Tech Park Authority Dr Bikarna Kumar Ghosh, concerned officials of ICT department, leaders of different levels of district Awami League were present, among others, at the ceremony.
Under the project of setting up IT or high-tech parks at district level, the hi-tech park in Barisal is being constructed on an area of about 6.5 acres. The project taken under the authority of Hi-Tech Park of ICT Department is being funded by the Government of India.