WAY FORWARD: DIGITAL BANGLADESH 2021

The current government of Bangladesh, which took office in January, 2009
following an unprecedented popular support in the December 2008 election, had
made eGovernance and eService delivery a central focus in its election manifesto
termed’A Charter for Change'. In this charter, Digital Bangladesh is a central
feature of the vision 2021. The charter specifically mentions’Administrative reform,
right to information and eGovernance will be introduced' thus linking

eGovernance to administrative reform, government accountability and
transparency, and efficient delivery of services and information to citizens. Of the
many priorities of Digital Bangladesh, computerization of land records, human
resource development for increased remittance, nurturing of the ICT sector for
massive increase in foreign earnings and employment are of particular note.
In the first 100 days of office, the government promulgated the ICT Act 2009
and Right to Information Act, passed the revised ICT Policy 2009 in the Cabinet.
However, translating many of the mandates of the current government into
practice requires setting up of strategies to ensure that service delivery is enhanced
and that people at large get the maximum benefits from Digital Bangladesh.
Discussions have been continuing with the senior policy makers and law makers to
ensure better service delivery at all levels.
In many ways,’Digital Bangladesh’ is a reincarnation of the vision of’Sonar
Bangla’ (Golden Bengal). Hence, it may be wise to keep it as an overarching
objective rather than a conclusive target. From this viewpoint, where it makes
sense, ICTs and new technologies need to be leveraged in all aspect of national
progress of a Digital Bangladesh. Some of the key areas in which ICT can be
leveraged immediately are outlined below.
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