Reposted from The Daily Star
The government should fast track its work now to implement the “Digital Bangladesh” vision, said HT Imam, an adviser to the Prime Minister.
Allocation for the information and communication technology (ICT) sector reduced when the ICT ministry was separated from the science and technology ministry, he said yesterday.
All budgetary problem of the ICT sector will be solved if the telecom and ICT ministries merge together, he said at a seminar on “The expectation and achievement after 4 years of digital Bangladesh vision” at a five-day tech fair.
The show — BCS ICT World 12 — organised by Bangladesh Computer Samity (BCS) at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the capital comes to a close tomorrow.
The digitisation process has achieved some success at personal levels where the government still lags behind, said Yusuf Abdullah Harun, former president of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry.
Around 70 percent of the population who are under 35 are still out of the digitisation process, Harun said.
If they get proper training, the country’s current GDP growth would be raised from 6 percent to 10 percent, he said.
Use of digital products has increased in the country in the last four years, said Munir Hasan, general secretary of Bangladesh Open Source Network. The number mobile users was 4.46 crore in 2008, which now stands at 9.51 crore, he said.
The country now has around 7.30 lakh personal computer and laptop users, up from 2.22 lakh in 2008, he said, adding that the number of Facebook accounts has also increased from less than 1 lakh in 2008 to 30 lakh now.
It is a must to go for a massive infrastructure development to reach the goal of digitisation, he said.
Mustafa Jabbar, director of BCS and moderator of the seminar, hoped the government will be able to reach the vision by 2021. The secretariat is still not digitised, although various sectors saw huge development in the field of digitisation, he said.
But the government’s best achievement is that it has created awareness about digitisation among the general mass, Jabbar said.
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