March 3rd, 2017

Bangladesh parliament speaker, Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury MP, to join international dignitaries in call for more collaboration against cybercrime at Digital Bangladesh conference

London, 2 March 2017 – The Honourable Speaker of the Bangladesh Parliament, Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, MP, will join international dignitaries and ICT experts at the Digital Bangladesh conference taking place on 7 – 8 March 2017 in Dhaka. The conference, organised by the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO), will focus on cybersecurity as a key component of the country’s universal broadband and Internet access vision.

“Tackling cybercrime within the telecom sector is a key element of the work the CTO is undertaking as part of our cybersecurity programme,” said Shola Taylor, secretary-general of the CTO. “Digital Bangladesh will work with stakeholders from ICT operators, policymakers and the law enforcement community in Bangladesh to develop a framework for preventing or responding to cybercrime. This national conference will also examine ways of protecting young people online and I am delighted that Dr Chaudhury can join us for this important event.”

Mr Taylor will deliver a keynote address on tackling cybercrime: a global imperative for a safe Internet at the opening ceremony. Mr Taylor and Dr Chaudhury will be joined at the opening ceremony by:

  • Begum Tarana Halim MP, Honourable State Minister, Ministry of Posts, Telecommunications & Information Technology
  • Dr Shahjahan Mahmood, Chairman, Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission
  • Areewan Haorangsi, Secretary-General, Asia-Pacific Telecommunity
  • H.E. Ambassador Alice Blake, British High Commissioner to Bangladesh
  • Imran Ahmad MP, President, Parliamentary Standing Committee on Ministry of Posts, Telecommunications & Information Technology

Tackling cybercrime is a key element to advancing Bangladesh’s digital agenda,” said Honourable Halim. “This conference will develop a more coordinated response to cybercrime and we are pleased to partner with the CTO to develop our ICT capacity for the socio-economic benefit of the people of Bangladesh.”

Digital Bangladesh is being organised by the CTO in collaboration with the Ministry of Posts, Telecommunications & Information Technology and the Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (BTRC).

The dedication of our partners in realising the vision for this ambitious and important event is most impressive,” concluded Mr Taylor. “I commend the ministry and BTRC for their commitment to developing Bangladesh’s digital capacity.

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About the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation
The Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) is the oldest and largest Commonwealth intergovernmental organisation in the field of information and communication technologies. With a diverse membership spanning developed and least developed countries, small island developing states, and more recently also the private sector and civil society, the CTO aims to become a trusted partner for sustainable development for all through ICTs.