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Bangladesh to be fully digitalised before 2021: Speakers

Published : Thursday, 12 January, 2017 at 12:00 AM Count : 222
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Seminars on 'Digital Bangladesh', a special scheme of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, were held in Gaibandha and Khulna districts on Wednesday.
GAIBANDHA: Secretary of the government and member of the Planning Commission AN Shamsuddin Azad Chowdhury at a function here on Wednesday said Bangladesh is going to be a fully digitalised country before 2021 with proper guidelines of the government.
"The government under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been working relentlessly since 2009 to attain the cherished goal of building Digital Bangladesh and to change the socio-economic condition of the country's people", he said.
Secretary AN Shamsuddin Azad Chowdhury made the comments while addressing a seminar entitled "Sheikh Hasina's Special Initiative: Digital Bangladesh" organised by district administration on Independence Square of the town here on Wednesday noon as the chief guest on the Development Fair-2017.
Deputy Chief of the Planning Commission ANM Rokon Uddin, Mayor of Gaibandha Municipality Advocate Shah Masud Jahangir Kabir Milon, and Senior Assistant Police Super Khairul Alam were present as special guests while Deputy Commissioner M Abdus Samad presided over the ceremony.
The people from all walks of life were getting various digital benefits though a section of people criticised about the idea of digitalization earlier and said it would not be possible in Bangladesh, he also said.
The poverty rate had come down and Bangladesh left behind neighbouring countries in various social indicators and had already attained the status of lower middle income country, he added.
Bangladesh had become a model of development in the world as the country had attained most of the targets of Millennium Development Goals successfully; he said adding that the targets of Sustainable Development Goals would be achieved by 2030 which had been taken to eradicate extreme poverty.
Terming Sheikh Hasina as a PM with positive thoughts he urged all to help her government from their respective positions maintain the present pace of development for building middle income digital Bangladesh.
Earlier, Additional Deputy Commissioner (General) M Shamsul Azam made a welcome speech and a power point presentation on the subject was done by Assistant Programmer M of the DC office Toufiqur Rahman.
All the district level officials, senior bankers, invited guests, and town elite including the journalists of print and electronic media took part in the seminar.
KHULNA: Khulna district administration organised the seminar with the support of the Department of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) at the auditorium of Khulna Circuit House in the city.
Khulna Deputy Commissioner Nazmul Ahsan addressed the seminar as chief guest and Khulna Police Super Nazmul Haque Molla addressed it as special guest while Assistant Programmer of Rupsha upazila Md Abuzor Rahman was in the chair.
Exhibiting multiple development pictures of the present government, assistant programmer of Rupsha upazila administration Md Abuzor Rahman presented power point presentation, saying that implementation of Digital Bangladesh, a special election pledge of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, now seeing in every sector across the country.
Terming development fair inauguration by the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina through video conference was an important example of ICT development, he said adding that involvement of mass people in digital system application in every sector is a wonder to the world.
Describing facilities of digitalisation, Abuzor Rahman, informed that at least 120 million people use mobile phone and country's 58 ministries, 227 departments and 18,130 government offices under 64 districts and 487 upazilas has been connected with optical fibre.
E-agriculture, E-office management and ICT-based  business and trade have changed as usual livelihood in last few years, he said, adding that video conference system is running at 800 points across the country.
He also said government has taken huge initiative for women empowerment and many women have become self reliant through outsourcing.
The government will train at least 1.66 lakh women about ICT in next three years through mobile van, he added.
Later, Khulna Police Super Nizamul Haque Molla presented a power point presentation about digitalization in Police Department.
Describing varieties activities of Police, he said people can now take service from police through using help line apps of police.
Government officials, public representatives, leaders of civil society and journalists, among others, attended the seminar.

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