Even after a slow start, Bangladesh is now playing a leading role in the whole world in digitisation programmes, observed Finance Minister AMA Muhith on Wednesday.
“Although Bangladesh was a late starter, it is piloting digital programmes in the whole world now. Such activities are taking place in a very few countries,” Muhith Commented.He was addressing as the chief guest at ‘Digital Bangladesh Day 2018’ at city’s Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC).
ICT division is observing the day across the country, marking 10 years of the Digital Bangladesh vision presented by Awami League Chief Sheikh Hasina on 12 December 2008 in her party’s election manifesto.
Recalling the context behind the ‘Digital Bangladesh’ campaign and Vision 2021 in AL manifesto, the finance minister, who was one of the architects of the plans, said it was a long journey to formulate and implement them.
“Today we can see most of the Digital Bangladesh vision has been fulfilled in the last 10 years. But it was a hectic journey,” he said.
“It reveals that if anyone tries to serve people or ensure good governance in the country, they need to take long preparation. It can’t be done overnight,” he also said.
At the function, ICT Division honoured Muhith along with nine other persons and institutions for their contribution to the government’s success in fulfilling Digital Bangladesh vision.Other recipients of the award are PM’s Political Adviser HT Imam, PM’s ICT Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy, former post and telecommunication minister Mostafa Jabbar, former science and ICT minister Architect Yefesh Osman and Awami League Presidium Member Nuh-Ul-Alam Lenin.
Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC), Bangladesh Hi-tech Park Authority, Cyber Security & Crime Division of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) and Walton BD (Made in Bangladesh) also received the honour.
“Digital Bangladesh did not happen overnight, but we could advance in a short period,” commented Yefesh Osman, former science and ICT minister.
About the reason behind the success in digitization, Yefesh Osman said the widespread expansion of mobile telephony mainly contributed to the successful Digital Bangladesh campaign.
He pointed out that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was successful in injecting the spirit of Bangladesh among the youth that they can make it happen.
He added that the campaign started from rural areas so that the country would not have to pay the price of a digital divide between rural and urban areas.
“When the Prime Minister first declared the Digital Bangladesh vision, we had to face much humiliation from various quarters, but it is now a reality,” Mostafa Jabbar remarked.
Post and Telecommunication Secretary Shyam Shudar Sikder, Director General of Department of ICT AKM Khairul Alam also spoke at the event chaired by ICT Division Secretary Zuena Aziz.