Bangladesh has 1 million internet workers and currently, we are second in terms of online worker numbers according to the oxford university report. We have a very specific target to create 2 million jobs in ICT sector by the next 3 years. For this, we are building 28 Hi-Tech Parks in which 200 thousand youth can develop their career. Along with this, 40 Percent of public services is delivering through digital manner and by 2021, we are planning to uplift this to 90 percent. For that reason, Internet connectivity is pretty much needed for building Digital Bangladesh and inclusive development. With our different sorts of programs and projects, we will be able connect cent percent people to internet connectivity.” Minister of State for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak made that comment at a panel discussion of the World Economic Forum’s Impact Summit at the Wharton Forum Plenary Hall in New York at yesterday night. (USA local time 11.15am-12.45 pm; Bangladeshi local time 09.15pm-10.45pm on 19th September).

 

Palak also said, “Our Hon’ble Prime Minister has declared the vision of 2021 whenever we will celebrate the Golden Jubilee of our Independence. To achieve the target of becoming middle income status by 2021, we’ve identified four pillars—Human resource development, providing internet connectivity to all, e-governance and industry promotion—to build Digital Bangladesh. In last 8 and half years, we have taken a lot of initiatives to provide the internet connectivity to all. In the last three years, we have connected all of the government offices to a single government intra-network and now we are working to roll out the broadband connectivity up to the village through Info Sarker-3 and Connected Bangladesh program. We are doing all these activities to expand the network with PPP model with the help of Telco’s and NTTNs as well as the help of local ISPs.”

 

That time, moderator of the session, expressed her good experience of Digital Bangladesh and applauded the initiation of WIFI (Women ICT Frontier Initiative) program in Bangladesh and Bangladesh’s plan to assure 50-50 participation in ICT with program.

Facilitated by Njideka Harry, Minister for Youth and ICT of Rwanda Jean Philbert Nsengimana, Minister of State for ICT Anusha Rahman Khan and CEO of Turkcell kaan Terzioglu were participated to the panel discussion.