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Bangladesh moving to m-governance

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Bangladesh is moving towards mobile-based governance (m-governance) system, as the connectivity received a boost over the last nine years, ICT State Minister Zunaid Ahmed Palak said.


M-governance is a process to deliver government services and exchange information using mobile phones.


He said the government has decided to observe the National ICT Day for the first time to mark the technology-based growth of the country.


On the eve of the National ICT Day, Zunaid Ahmed talked about the government’s moves to build technology-driven economy while talking at his office in Agargaon in the capital.


“At that time, only two crore people used mobile phones, but the number of people now stands at around eight crore. The software export figure was only $26 million which is now over $800 million, very close to the target of $1 billion which will be achieved next year,” Palak said.


The minister mentioned that around 40 percent government services have already been digitized, which will be 90 percent by 2021.


“Under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her ICT adviser Sajib Wazed Joy, Bangladesh has been progressing towards a developing country,” Palak said.


The junior minister also said that observation of the National ICT Day will be a remarkable occasion for the country.


Earlier on December 12, 2008, Awami League came up with the vision of Digital Bangladesh at its election manifesto ahead of the ninth parliamentary election.


Palak said: “We are working on the basis of four pillars — connectivity, human resource development, e-governance and tech export.


“Our priority is connectivity. We have established connectivity infrastructure up to union level under the Info Sarkar-3 project. There will be high-speed internet in unions under another project of Connect Bangladesh.


“We have been working to develop a link between the ICT industry and fresh graduates from engineering background. Under the LICT project, 30 thousand engineering graduates will be trained in preparation for their career.


“Besides, we are thinking about establishing Centre of Excellence for the promotion of around 5000 experts for the sake of future technologies,”
“The third pillar of the ICT sector in Bangladesh is e-governance which will turn to m-governance gradually.”


Laying stress on the importance of IT export for the future of the economy, Palak said, “The government has given policy support for the tech businesses to develop a local industry. We imported around 2 lakh laptops and over 3.5 crore mobile phones.


“When the government gave 10 percent incentive in 94 raw materials of hardware, many of local companies started manufacturing products. We are very hopeful about reaching the export target of $5 billion from the ICT sector by 2021,”


Earlier on November, the cabinet approved the proposal of ICT division to observe December 12 as the National ICT Day to accept the concept of Digital Bangladesh at the state level and recognise the country’s advancement in information and communication technology sector.

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