Digital, social media & OTT platform Entrepreneurs and Experts demanded industry friendly regulation so that this new media can harness the potential of the new avenue of economic opportunities. They made this demand at the seminar titled “Regulation of Digital, Social Media & OTT Platforms: The need to strike the right balance” organized by FBCCI on August 13, 2022.
They said, digital platforms come with new opportunities of creative production, employment, and showcasing country’s culture globally. Hence, the regulation should not be regulatory rather it should facilitate the growth of the industry. They also fear the two different regulations prepared by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and the Ministry of Post, Telecommunications and Information Technology might contradict each other while implementing.
Responding to the concerns, while speaking as the Chief Guest, Minister for Post, Telecommunications and Information Technology Mr. Mustafa Jabbar said, the two ministries have different areas of supervision. Therefore, there is no scope of conflict in future, he assured.
The Minister also opined in favor of the regulation and said, Facebook and Youtube run on the USA based community standard, many of which are not suitable to Bangladesh. The draft regulation will ensure the online content won’t go against the norms and values of Bangladesh.
The Minister announced that the home network of 5G will launch in January.
Earlier, FBCCI President Mr. Md. Jashim Uddin urged the policy makers not to hinder the growth of the new potential sectors. He also stressed to further distinguish the scope of monitoring of the two ministries. The President called for grabbing the digital opportunities also upholding the country’s very own culture to global platforms.
FBCCI Senior Vice President Mr. Mostofa Azad Chowdhury Babu paid vote of thanks.
Barrister Rashna Imam presented the keynote at the seminar.
FBCCI Director Mr. Syed Almas Kabir, BTRC DG (System & Services) Brig. Gen. Mr. Md Nasim Parvez, Managing Director of Asia Internet Coalition Mr. Jeff Paine, Meta Bangladesh Public Policy Head Mr. Sabhanaz Rashid Diya, RTV CEO Mr. Syed Ashik Rahman, Co-founder and director Mr. Navidul Huq, Executive Editor of Dhaka Tribune Mr. Reaz Ahmad spoke at panel discussion.
FBCCI Secretary General Mr. Mohammad Mahfuzul Hoque moderated the seminar.