A convention of ICT-related experts of Asia, 'E-Asia 2011' would kick off at Bangabandhu International Convention Centre in the capital on Thursday.
About 2,000 ICT experts from domestic and foreign organisations are taking part in the convention, state minister for information and communication technology Architect Yeafesh Osman said on Wednesday.
Addressing the media at Bangabandhu International Convention Centre, Yeafesh Osman said, "Exhibitions on ICT product and service, seminars and fair are also organised on the sidelines of the convention."
Indian research organisation Centre for Development and Media Studies (CSDMS) is the key organiser of the event. Bangladesh Computer Council and Ministry for Science and the information and communication technology are helping put up the event.
The slogan for this year's convention is 'Realising digital nation'.
Yeafesh Osman said 30 seminars and workshops would be held during the event. Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Japan, Thailand, and Holland's country pavilions would also be set up, besides Bangladeshi pavilions, at the venue as part of the exhibition.
The best IT contributions from Asia will be awarded on the second day of the event, it was announced.
Besides the convention, an IT fair will run till December 3 from 10 am to 8 pm every day. The entry fee is Tk 10 but students can get in for free, the organisers said.
The first E- Asia convention was held on Bangkok in 2006, followed twice in Malaysia once in Sri Lanka. The event was scheduled to be held last year in the Philippines but was postponed due to political uncertainty.