Telecom operator Banglalink and Aspire to Innovate (a2i) programme of the government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore potential collaboration in achieving smart Bangladesh goals.
The deal is expected to open up new opportunities to accelerate the materialisation of the government’s Smart Bangladesh vision.
The MoU was signed by Taimur Rahman, Chief Corporate & Regulatory Affairs Officer, Banglalink, and Dr. Dewan Muhammad Humayun Kabir, Project Director of a2i, on behalf of their respective sides.
High officials from both sides attended the signing ceremony.
Under the partnership, Banglalink and a2i will explore the prospects of collaboration in a multitude areas of mutual interest, such as Business Development, Education, Digibox, Payment Aggregation, MyGov Services, Village Digital Booth, Interactive Voice Response (IVR) and Data Analytics, a2i Innovation Fund, and EkShop.
Dr. Dewan Muhammad Humayun Kabir, Project Director of a2i, said, “It’s great to have a partner like Banglalink, which has a successful track record of advancing the country’s digital landscape.”
He added, “Their expertise can be highly effective in facilitating the government’s ICT projects. We are looking forward to seeing impactful results of this collaboration in the days to come.”
Taimur Rahman,Chief Corporate & Regulatory Affairs Officer, Banglalink,said, “Banglalink is very pleased to form this partnership with Aspire to Innovate (a2i). This collaboration aims to explore several areas of mutual interest.”
“We believe it has the potential to bring about positive changes in the country's digital landscape. It will open up a wide range of opportunities for us to facilitate the government's Smart Bangladesh vision,” he said.
A2i is an initiative of the ICT Division and the Cabinet Division and supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).