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Digital Bangladesh by 2021, reaffirms PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday vowed afresh to establish Digital Bangladesh by 2021 saying that the country has already achieved much progress to this end, UNB reports.  In this connection, the Prime Minister directed the officials concerned of the Information and Communications Technology Division to expedite works on launching the country’s first Sattellite “Bagabandhu Satellite” into the space. The Prime Minister was delivering her introductory speech at a meeting with senior officials of the Information and Communications Division at Agargaon in the capital.


Sheikh Hasina said her government wants to install the country’s own satellite in the space within the stipulated time. Sheikh Hasina said that the Awami League-led government reorganised posts and telecommunications sector alongside other sectors of the country. Specific work plans were undertaken to build digital Bangladesh overcoming deadlock created by BNP-Jamaat, she said. As part of the move, she said, her government formed a single Ministry by unifying the Ministry of Information and communications Technology and the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications.


Besides, Bangladesh election as the council member of the International Telecommunications Union in 2010 has created opportunity for the country to play a strong role in telecommunications and ICT sectors, she said. The Prime Minister said that the government in the last six years has brought massive changes in various sectors of the country and has taken government services at the doorsteps of the common people through using ICTs. As a result, corruption has significantly come down as well as transparency and accountability has been ensured in public organisations, she said.


About the ongoing projects of setting up hi-tech parks in Jessore and Kaliakoir, the Prime Minister stressed expediting works on the projects and opined that such hi-tech parks could also be set up in all divisional headquarters and big towns of the country. Elaborating the success of her government’s initiatives of digitisation process, she said even the people living in rural areas are now earning money through union digital centres and using computer and Internet-based service systems. She mentioned that six mobile operators are currently working in Bangladesh while nearly 12.3 crore SIMs are being used by people which is rare in the world.


Over 5000 digital centres have been set up across the country while over 8500 post offices are being transformed into post e-centres to provide services electronically. Sheikh Hasina said 3G internet service has been introduced in the country and the government has a plan to launch 4G internet services soon. Besides, steps have been taken to set up international terrestrial connection alongside submarine cable to make international telecommunications easies and uninterrupted, she said. About optical fibre connection, the Prime Minister said the government has completed setting up of one thousand 450 kilometre optical fibre cable while works on more 11000 kilometres would be completed by June, 30 2016.


Highlighting various services, including education line, tele- health, Krishibid jiggasha, utility bills payment, mobile remittance service and railway ticket sales which are now being given electronically, she said, such services are playing a role in developing the standard of life. The Prime Minister urged all to work hard and serve the nation together to build a middle-income country by the year 2021 and a developed country by the year 2041 by implementing ongoing development programmes. Earlier, the Prime Minister inaugurated IT Computer labs at six educational institutions of Gopalganj talking to Principal of the Gopalganj Ideal Commerce College through video conference. State Minister for Information and Communication Technology Division Junaid Ahmed Polok delivered the welcome address while ICT Division Secretary Shyam Sundar Shikder briefed the meeting on overall activities of the division.

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