The government has initiated a move to launch an e-government master plan on the pilot basis to expedite the process of implementing 'Digital Bangladesh' Vision by 2021 through an ICT roadmap.
The roadmap will be prepared for 52 ministries and divisions alongside 68 departments and organizations under the Bangladesh National Enterprise Architecture Framework (BNEAF), official sources said.
Bangladesh Computer Council (BCC) has put forward a draft project, 'Formation of the e-Government Master Plan for Digital Bangladesh', to the Planning Commission involving Tk 29.84 crore for implementing it by June 2018, said a Planning Commission official.
The official, wishing anonymity, told UNB that out of the total cost of this technical assistant project, Tk 4.84 crore will come from the government, while the rest of Tk 25 crore as grant from Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).
The main objectives of the project are to prepare an e-government master plan for Bangladesh and implement it with joint efforts by local and foreign experts.
Another official at the ICT Division said the formulation of Bangladesh e-Government Master Plan will efficiently contribute to coordinating various ICT projects in Bangladesh. "As a result, the ICT Division and Post and Telecommunications Ministry will be capable enough to embody ICT policy in Bangladesh," he added.
The official said the project aims to enhance the capacity building of Bangladeshi government officials for 'Digital Government' through sharing experiences and know-how from Korea's e-government development initiatives.
He said the government has proceeded to mainstream ICTs as a pro-poor tool to eradicate poverty, establish good governance and ensure social equity as per its 'Digital Bangladesh' Vision.
KOICA will suggest various mid- and long-term visions, objectives and implementing strategies for Bangladesh e-government, including the detailed plan of organizational structures, budgets, and schedules.
Besides, some 150 conferences and seminars will be held under the project alongside imparting local training to some 120 officials and foreign training to some 30 officials.