Korea International Cooperation Agency (Koica) in collaboration with Bangladesh Computer Council and ICT Division on Sunday unveiled its e-government master plan and launched the digital municipality service system for digital Bangladesh.
The KOICA held a launching ceremony at Bangladesh Computer Council in Dhaka on Sunday.Sajeeb Wazed Joy, ICT Affairs Adviser to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, LGRD Minister Md. Tazul Islam, Korean Ambassador Hu Kang-Il, Senior Secretary of ICT Division NM Zeaul Alam, State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak and KOICA Country-Director Joe Hyun-Gue were present at the programme.
In today’s world, a successful ICT application in e-governance gives a one-stop solution to achieve Bangladesh’s vision of “Digital Bangladesh” by 2021.
In this light, KOICA initiated to launch a project ‘Establishment of the e-Government Master Plan for Digital Bangladesh’ with the grant of US$3.2 million.
The main objectives include establishment of e-Government master plan and action plan, implementation of the pilot project for e-Government and capacity building of Bangladesh Government Officials.
Sajeeb Wazed Joy expressed his gratitude to the Korean government for being a constant friend to Bangladesh and enlightened the current government’s commitment to making Bangladesh digital.
Speaking on the occasion, Ambassador Hu Kang-il thanked the government of Bangladesh for the opportunity to contribute to the developing of digital Bangladesh. As the republic of Korea is the first country to become an aid donor from an aid recipient country and stands to be the 11th largest economy in the world, he strongly believes that Bangladesh can achieve similar economic progress and development through devotion and hard work.As part of Korea’s support for Digital Bangladesh, e-Government Master Plan has been established to help Bangladesh with implementation of transparent, efficient and accountable public administration.
KOICA hopes that this document will serve as a foundation for the Government’s “Digital Bangladesh by 2021” program, which envisions the mainstreaming of information technology as a pro-poor tool to reduce poverty, establish good governance and ensure social equity. During the development of the strategic document, 47 initiatives were discovered for short, mid and long-term implementation to achieve Digital Bangladesh.
Among these initiatives, the first ranked initiative was ‘Digital Municipality Service System Development’.
KOICA took this as a pilot project and implanted in Mymensingh City Corporation and 9 Municipalities, namely, Faridpur, Gopalganj, Jhenaidah, Singra in Natore, Ramgoti, Tarabo, Tungipara, and Pirganj.
This pilot project’s aim is to establish a digital platform in municipality sector to manage all types of resources in an organized, effective and efficient way and provide one-stop fast and accurate services to the people of Bangladesh with a budget of USD 1 million (BD Tk. 8 Cores) grant.
It is expected to open new horizons for Bangladesh by making the process of getting public services easily available like property management, online councilor certificate, holding tax, water bill, etc. within a single system for citizens to get all services through online and mobile devices which are less time consuming.
By using this system, the Municipalities’ will become efficient, cost effective in operation, reliable, more transparent, provide better services to citizens, and gain overall improved management in governance which can have the potential to be scaled-up in 328 Municipalities around Bangladesh.