The government is devising a plan to frame the ‘National Robotics Strategy’ to leverage robots for economic growth, job protection, and creation and improved quality of life, official sources told BSS.

Framing of the ‘National Robotic Strategy’ is part of the government’s plan to make policy for the frontier technologies like Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, they said.

Bangladesh is already in the process of digital transformation and it wanted to be the early adapter of frontier technologies in various sectors including industries, health, education, agriculture, said the senior secretary of ICT Division N M Zeaul Alam.

He said the government has been preparing a draft of the ‘National Robotics Strategy’ to take advantage of emerging technologies to enhance the country’s economic growth.

The leveraging ICT for Employment and Growth of the IT-ITES Industry (LICT) Project of Bangladesh Computer Council (BCC) under ICT Division will hold series of workshops with the stakeholders for incorporating recommendations on the robotic strategy, said LICT project director Md Rezaul Karim.

As part of holding such workshops, the LICT project and the Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) and Bangladesh Employers Federation (BEF) jointly organized a workshop last week on the Robotics Strategy.

Chaired by President of BEF Kamran T Rahman, the function was addressed, among others, by Secretary-General of MCCI Farooq Ahmed, Chairperson of Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center Akhter Matin Chaudhury, Vice President of BEF Habibullah N. Karim, Principal Engineer, IT and Service Development Technology Division of Grameen Phone Mohammad Tareq Khan. Professor of Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of North South University Dr. M Rokonuzzaman presented a keynote paper on the proposed National Robotics Strategy while IT-ITES Policy Adviser of LICT Project Sami  Ahmed briefed about the objectives of framing such strategy at a time when the fourth industrial revolution is knocking at the door and the frontier technologies are going to play a vital role for economic growth. Lauding the initiative, the speakers called for framing such a policy to boost industrial production and sustain in the competitive world market. 

The government, industry and the academia should work collaboratively to frame comprehensive strategy, they added.