Remarkable progress has been made in establishing Digital Bangladesh. Mobile subscribers increased from 20mn to 134mn and internet users from 0.5mn to 54mn in last 7 years. IT/ITeS export has grown by more than 10 times. Hi-tech/software parks are being built and special incentive package has been declared. Thus, Bangladesh is rising in the global landscape as the next ICT destination.
By 2021, Bangladesh will have a population of 170 million plus and half of this population will be made up of women. If the country is to achieve the 8 percent GDP growth it hopes for, making sure that women entrepreneurs are able to reach their full potential and fully contribute to the economy will be essential.
Female entrepreneurship and the formation of women business networks is steadily rising in our country. In collaboration with the country’s telecom operator, is designing an ICT-based solution that capitalizes on the country’s over 134 million phone subscribers to help Men and women entrepreneurs. Bangladesh government hardly tries to build `Digital Bangladesh’, a hunger and corruption free middle income country using ICT. The ICT division has implanting a lot of project to fulfill the vision. Currently, Bangladesh has six mobile phone operators - -Teletalk, Grameenphone, Robi, Airtel, Banglalink and Citycell.
Bangladesh for the third consecutive time has won the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) award. State Minister for Posts and Telecommunications Tarana Halim received the award, at International Telecommunication Union (ITU) headquarters in the Swiss city of Geneva .
The World Economic Forum has nominated State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak as the ‘Young Global Leader-2016’. The Information and Communication Technology Division in a media release said Switzerland’s Geneva-based forum on its website announced the name of Palak and other leaders, under the age of 40, who had been nominated.
The state minister for ICT was among the 12 leaders from South Asia to be nominated for the honour.
In fact ,Bangladesh Is now considered to be among the next high prospect destinations in the segment ,with accolades from AT Kearney, Gartner, Goldman Sachs and a host of others. The industry has seen strong growth over recent years, Characterized by local demand as well as global exports.
The 1500 IT companies currently registered in Bangladesh are involved in most of the mentioned verticals of the ICT value chain , ranging from customized application development and maintenance , to BPO services throughout the value chain. Local demand has largely been driven by banking, telecom, pharmaceutics, RMG and Textile sectors, which has also built up capacity in the sector to export services.
Telemedicine service in union information & service centers started. The mobile operator provides different services to the farmers through its Banglalink Krishi Jiggasha . A farmer can call 7676 and can ask all sorts of questions related to farming and agriculture. Mobile operator Grameenphone, too has a services to farmers through its 27676 call center number.
Agriculture information service has completed test run of the service from where the farmers will get necessary information calling at 16123 from any mobile phone.
Software development on the other hand is another part of the IT services segment. It falls under the engineering services section of IT services and is extensively sought after by international firms looking to outsource this facet of their operations abroad.
The e-commerce is a new concept in Bangladesh in last couple of years with the spread of internet subscriber in the country. The e-commerce is very new concept for the Bangladeshi technology based entrepreneurs.
The Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Division has announced a roadmap for its activities in 2016.
The principal activities comprise of six clusters: industry, infrastructure, e-governance, human resources development, laboratories and services. The roadmap was announced by State Minister for ICT Division Zunaid Ahmed Palak to mark two years of the division's activities.
Under the roadmap for industry, targets such as 1,000 innovation, raising software export earnings to $5 billion by 2021, developing eco-system for the gaming industry etc. have been included. Additionally, academies will be set up for innovation and entrepreneurship. These have been sent to the Finance Ministry already for DPP.
For infrastructure, Palak said that the government has already taken fiber optic up to Upazila levels. The target now is to take it to all unions between 2016 and 2018. 554 Business Processing Outsourcing (BPO) centers will be set up from division to upazila levels. 2016 will see the construction of world's fifth largest data center start. Full digitization of the judiciary will be achieved by 2018. The government has identified 100 aspects of the judiciary where ICT can be harnessed and assist in the resolution of 3 million cases currently in backlog.
As regards e-governance, ICT Division's another initiative is to reduce the use of paper via the use of ERP. Local software companies are being engaged in this regard by the use of open source platform. To develop human resources, the ICT Division is going to set up seven incubator and training institutes outside Dhaka. The curricula have been finalized and sent to Planning Ministry for approval.
There is another initiative named 'Digital Bus'. Six modern training labs would be set up in buses which will play nationwide imparting ICT knowledge. Mobile phone operator Robi and Huawei Bangladesh will jointly implement this project. Lessons of online tutorials from Khan Academy are being translated into Bangla. Agami Foundation is working to make these contents more localized. Once done, students in Bangladesh will be able to avail themselves of the content of Khan Academy in Bangla. The ICT Division is also going to establish a Digital Forensic Lab and Software Quality Assurance Lab.
3,000 computer cum language labs would be set up across the country. These labs would be set up in 970,000 educational institutions around Bangladesh. In phases, this number would be increased to cover all educational institutions.
As for services, the government has already started the project Info-Lady. Under this project, rural women would be able to learn basic ICT from ladies who would go door-to-door imparting training through handheld devices. A national helpline would be started, through which citizens can seek all kinds of assistance. Through the implementation of the e-shop project, the adverse impacts of middle men on producers would be reduced, and farmers would be able to get fair prices for their produce.
Comments are closed for this blog post