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E-Govt Dev Index

Bangladesh moves eight notches up

  • Special Correspondent
  • 30 September, 2022 12:00 AM
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Bangladesh moves eight notches up

Bangladesh has moved eight notches up and ranked 111th among 193 countries in the UN e-Government Development Index (EGDI), according to the UN e-Government Survey 2022.

The country has also moved 20 steps up on the e-Participation Index (EPI), says the survey conducted by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) that assessed the development over the last two years.

Despite the global crises of the past two years caused by the unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic, Bangladesh has made a significant improvement in e-participation globally.

The findings of the 12th edition of EGDI titled UN E-Government Survey 2022 (The Future of Digital Government) were announced at the UN headquarters in New York on Wednesday.

Bangladesh secured the 111th place on EGDI scoring 0.5630 and 75th place in EPI with a score of 0.5227.

It was on the 119th place in EGDI scoring 0.5189 and on the 95th place on the EPI with a score of 0.5714 in the last survey held in 2020.

The survey assesses online service delivery, legal and policy framework, status of e-participation as well as telecommunication infrastructure and human capital.

It is composed of analytical chapters and of data on e-government development contained in the annexes of the publication, providing a snapshot of the relative measurement of e-government development of all member states.

This survey contains the most important international indexes that measure the development of digital governments in the areas of e-services, telecommunications infrastructure and human capital worldwide.

In this year’s index, Bangladesh leads with the highest EGDI values among the least developed countries.

Bangladesh scored 0.6521 in the Online Service Index (OSI) against previous 0.4469, 0.3717 in Telecommunications Infrastructure Index (TII) to earlier 0.59 and achieved 0.5731 in Human Capital Index (HCI).

The report says in Bangladesh, communication and collaboration are facilitated at the country, municipal and rural local government levels through e-participation tools.

Bangladesh remains in the high EGDI group in two consecutive surveys, it said, adding that the country is working on different e-government initiatives to improve efficiency and capacity in public services delivery.

The report said Bangladesh has shown tremendous growth in terms of digital financial account access through the proliferation of branchless banking, which has taken full-service retail banking to the doorsteps of rural citizens across the country, and soaring mobile financial services (MFS), which have reached a client base of over 100 million.

The E-Government Survey was prepared by the UNDESA through its Division for Public Institutions and Digital Government (DPIDG) with the assistance of the International Telecommunication Union and the Institute for Statistics of UNESCO.

The UN has been conducting the survey every two years since 2001 to spread digital government throughout the world and achieve sustainable development goals by 2030.