Russia keen to engage Bangabandhu-2 satellite launching

Publish: 7:37 PM, October 30, 2019 | Update: 7:37:PM, October 30, 2019

DHAKA, – Russia has expressed interest to engage in launching country’s second satellite Bangabandhu-2 and invest in telecommunication sector to keep on the digital Bangladesh campaign ahead.

A five-member delegation, led by Russian Ambassador Alexander I Ignatov, today showed their keenness while met Posts and Telecommunications Minister Mustafa Jabbar at his secretariat office here.

They said Russia would assist Bangladesh in conducting technical and financial feasibility as well as constructing and launching Bangabandhu-2 satellite.

Lauding Bangladesh progress in all the indexes of development, the Russian envoy said his country is highly interested to investment in the country’s most potential digital technology sectors.

Other members of the delegation are Russian Satellite Technology organization, Glavkosmos’s senior officials Vitali Safonov, Sergey Barykin, Aexander Kvashnin and Kirill Plotnikov.

Bangladesh has started the initial process for country’s second satellite Bangabandhu-2 following the successful launch and operation of Bangabandhu-1.

Highlighting the initiatives taken by the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina towards building digital Bangladesh, Mustafa Jabbar said people of the country have started to get the benefit of digital revolution.

He told the delegation that Russian has scope to cooperate Bangladesh’s journey in digital and telecommunication transformation.

The posts and telecommunications minister said investment in Bangladesh is profitable for the foreigners due to the investment friendly atmosphere prevailing here and Russia could avail this opportunity.

Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) Chairman Md Jahurul Haque, Bangladesh Communication Satellite Company Limited Chairman Dr Shahjahan Mahmood, Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Limited Managing Director Md. Azizul Islam, Additional Secretary Md Mahibur Rahman and officials concerned were present.