It is encouraging to note that a Chinese company is set to implement a Tk 3,975 crore digital connectivity project that will equip Bangladesh with the latest ICT infrastructure, digitise government services and increase ICT usage at the field level. Under the project, the government will establish thousands of broadband user connections, digital and specialised labs, a central cloud platform, frontier technology centre, IT infrastructure in various district and upazila complexes, and ICT training facilities.
Relentless efforts of the government have successfully reinvigorated the country’s ICT sector in the past ten years. Different initiatives have been implemented by the government’s ICT wing to take the country’s ICT sector to the level of the first world countries. The emphasis gained momentum through the Digital Bangladesh initiative developed in the context of Vision 2021. But still, comparing to the first world countries, Bangladesh is a new comer to the ICT sector. The notion of Digital Bangladesh implies the broad use of computers, and embodies the modern philosophy of effective use of technology in terms of implementing government’s commitment for development in education, health, and poverty reduction.
Bangladesh has made tremendous strides
in the area of ICT though there are many
long-term challenges in upgrading the country’s
Over the last several years, we have witnessed the growth of the ICT sector in the country. From the adoption of computers in government offices for record-keeping to the increased use of credit and debit cards throughout shops and merchants, the use of ICT is everywhere. We have introduced newer and efficient ways for our foreign workers to send remittance back to their homeland. There is no doubt that these initiatives are impressive but compared to most industrialised nations of the world we are still in the early stages, and there is still a lot to be done to materialize the dream of a Digital Bangladesh.
Effective utilization of ICT is not only the key step for successful implementation of Digital Bangladesh vision but also an important precondition for achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It needs no emphasising that Bangladesh has made tremendous strides in the area of ICT but still there are many long-term challenges in upgrading the digital performance of Bangladesh, especially in the areas of spending on research and development and increasing the availability of skilled professionals in science and technology.