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Bangladesh’s consular service in Toronto goes digital

Published : 19 Mar 2020 09:57 PM | Updated : 07 Sep 2020 10:03 PM

The consular services of the Bangladesh Consulate General in Toronto have become fully automated, marking the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Under this “Digital Consular Services” from now on, the Bangladesh diaspora and Canadian citizens living in Ontario, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, Alberta and Manitoba can submit online application for consular services through Consulate’s website clicking “Consular Services’ option followed by postal delivery. From submission to service delivery applicants will receive email status of their application at each stage of processing.

Except few services which need compulsory physical presence i.e. Alive Certificate and Travel Permit applicants do not need to come to the Consulate for services.

‘Digital Consular Services’ was launched during the celebration of birth centenary of Bangabandhu in Toronto organised by the Bangladesh Consulate General on March 17.

The initiative comes in a bid to contribute to the pledge and vision of the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to build “Digital Bangladesh” and the dream of Bangabandhu’s “Sonar Bangla”.

Consul General Nayem Ahmed said the Prime Minister has urged all government institutes to implement ‘one specific project’ in the Mujib Year, which will make the life of the service seekers easier and to that effect.

“This is a humble ‘birthday gift’ to our Father of the Nation as well as to the Bangladesh diaspora and Canadian citizens in Canada from the Toronto Consulate,” he said.

He said that through this digitalization, applicants will receive guaranteed fastest most service and he expects that as soon as the ‘Digital Consular Services’ is well settled, it will be formally inaugurated bya government dignitary from Dhaka.

Due to the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus, the Mission was compelled to scale down the celebration. However, it celebrated the great occasion on a limited scale with due diligence and enthusiasm.

The day began with national flag hoisting by the Consul General. Messages of the President, Prime Minister, Foreign Minister, and State Minister for Foreign Affairs were also read out. Special prayers were also offered in homage to Bangabandhu and continued peace and progress of Bangladesh.

A short documentary titled “AmaderBangabandhu” was screened followed by a discussion on the glorious life of Father of the Nation. The Consul General delivered a speech and soft launched the “Digital Consular Services”. A cake was cut in presence of the children followed by a cultural performance by the member of the Consulate family.