Some 500 citizen service-oriented mobile phone applications were unveiled in the capital on Sunday. Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Division of the Ministry of Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology led the public service-oriented mobile software development programme.
The mobile phone apps would mainly serve the public in purchasing bus, train tickets, get information on various ministries' plans, projects, allow filing of application for jobs, find study reports, get expert suggestions and many more.
Prime Minister's ICT Affairs Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy unveiled the applications at a programme at Bangladesh Computer Council Bhaban.
ICT Division developed the applications under the project titled, "Mobile Apps Training in National Level and Development of Creative Apps". Ethics Advance Technology Limited (EATL), a Bangladeshi software company has provided assistance as partner organization in implementing the project.
Joy said, "Bangladesh has come to a stage of becoming a middle-income country."
"By the hard labour of the present Awami League government, Bangladesh has reached a stage of becoming a middle-income country. We are taking up projects with whatever limited funding we have in our hands. Keeping pace with the government, the country is also moving forward and it is the youths, who will do the job," he said.
Presided over by ICT secretary Shyam Sunder Sikder, the function was also addressed by State Minister for Posts, Telecommunications & Information Technology Ministry Zunaid Ahmed Palak, Bangladesh Telecom Regulatory Commission (BTRC) Chairman Sunil Kanti Bose, and EATL's Managing Director MA Mubin Khan.
Joy further said that fibre optic cable network will reach all the 4,500 unions by the end of this tenure of the present government.
"We have many plans to take the country forward. Works for many such projects are in progress. We have many dreams. We will establish IT Vocational Training Institute in each of the seven divisions in the country. Now we have six submarine cables as backup and that is why the internet users do not even realize when the network is getting cut off," he added.
Palak in his speech said, "It is because of Joy, that the present government is being able to take time-befitting decisions in ICT sector."
He said, "We achieved an independent and sovereign Bangladesh in 1971 under the leadership of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. We got democracy under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and became enlisted as lower middle-income country. God willing, under the leadership of Sajeeb Wazed Joy, we will become deserving claimants for a developed Bangladesh."
Of the apps, 300 are service-oriented apps, which will provide information and knowledge about services of different ministries and departments of the government. The rest have been built on the fresh ideas gathered from the competitive programmes.