Bangladesh moves forward digitally

Jannatul Islam

12 December, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Bangladesh has achieved significant progresses in last ten years after implementing the technology-driven national strategy titled ‘Digital Bangladesh’.

The nation is now celebrating the achievements of the country marking the day of December 12 when the strategy initiated and technology emerged as national strategy through the electoral manifesto of ruling Awami League in 2008.

Meanwhile, the country has begun its journey towards knowledge-based economy from traditional agro-based economy, according to top government officials related to implementation of Digital Bangladesh.

After setting the sail of Digital Bangladesh programme in 2009, several countries including India, Maldives and Fiji have followed Bangladesh in the last ten years, developing national policy on technology. Bangladesh also notched up significantly in electronic governance index of United Nations during this time.

Prior to taking office in 2009, Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina, under the supervision of her ICT Advisor Sajeeb Wazed Joy, sketched the Digital Bangladesh strategy  as electoral manifesto for ninth parliamentary election on December 12, 2008,.

Talking to Daily Sun, Telecommunications Minister Mustafa Jabbar mentioned that the transformation of knowledge-based economy is the most significant progress for Bangladesh in the last ten years driven by national strategy for building Digital Bangladesh.

“Bangladesh has entered the most prestigious club of satellite owning countries as 57th member by blasting off the satellite Bangabandhu-1 which makes a presence of Joy Bangla into the space,” Minister Mustafa Jabbar told the Daily Sun on Wednesday.

Mustafa, pioneer of Bangla Computing, also mentioned that the digital financial services include Nagad have brought unbelievable changes in trend of economic life of the citizen.

“After official launching on March 26 this year, the state-run digital financial services Nagad has reached the landmark of daily transaction of Tk 750 million at the end of the calendar. the countries are moving towards an emerging economy facilitated by the digital business,” Mustafa explained.

Bangladesh has significantly moved forward on the E-Government Development Index of the United Nations due to the development in information-communication technology sector over the last few years.

The country has advanced 27 spots in the E-Gov Index in last ten years where the global agencies considered the progress in participatory service delivery to citizen.

Bangladesh is the second largest source of online workers after India, according to a study by the Oxford Internet Institute. The country represents 16 percent working population at online workstations.

The government has maintained four pillars in ICT sector including connectivity, citizen services, infrastructure and human resource development.

Bangladesh has taken mega projects for developing sustainable infrastructure to make the country a future destination of information technology sector.

Development work has been going on in 28 hi-tech parks across the country which will contribute to the national economy by supporting local innovations alongside attracting foreign direct investment.

ICT State Minister Zunaid Ahmed Palak said the government developed infrastructure for digital services by setting up 4500 digital centres to ensure service deliver at citizen doorsteps while 3800 unions are connected with hi-speed broadband connectivity.

In next two years the number of broadband facilitated unions will stand at 4500, State Minister expressed hope.

In a recent report, United Nations Conference on Trade And Development (UNCTAD) mentioned that   the country has laid down an exemplary digital foundation and is striving to prepare its citizens for the digital future, in accordance with the Digital Bangladesh initiative.

The report indicates the enormous growth in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector and its young, dynamic and IT savvy population can only make things better.

The country’s business and trade are moving towards digital economy driven by the e-trade initiatives which is popularly known as e-commerce.

BASIS E-Commerce Alliance Convener Mostafizur Rahaman Sohel, said the change of Bangladesh can be realized from outside the country when we get benefits of connectivity to reach nearer ones.