Mentioning that 40 percent of the government offices is currently online, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) division’s senior secretary N M Zeaul Alam on Wednesday said they aim is to bring more than 90 percent of the services online by 2021.
As the chief guest at dissemination workshop on “e-Government Master Plan for Digital Bangladesh” at Bangladesh Computer Council (BCC), Zeaul said the plan will play an effective and efficient role to establish a strong e-government ecosystem in the country.
He also said it will be very useful for different ministries, divisions and organisations to initiate their new ICT related activities aligned with Vision-2021.
According to the report of UN e-Government Survey 2018, Bangladesh ranked 115th among 193 countries of the world.
Zeaul mentioned that Prime Minister’s ICT Affairs Adviser Sajeeb Ahmed Wazed has given a target to improve the country’s ranking in the UN survey by 50 positions by 2021. In 2003, only 45 countries had one-stop-platform and it was 90 in 2016.
Hyun-Gue Joe, country director of Korea International Cooperation Agency attended the event as guest of honour and Md. Mamun-Al-Rashid, additional secretary (Planning and Development Wing) of the ICT Division addressed the occasion as special guest.
Partha Pratim Deb, Executive Director of BCC, presided over the programme while Mohammad Manir Hossain, Project Director of ‘e-Government Master Plan for Digital Bangladesh’ delivered the welcomed speech there.
At least eight people were injured in a clash between two groups of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) at Islamic University (IU) in Kushtia on Wednesday evening over a trivial matter.
Witnesses said the clash erupted near Shaheed Ziaur Rahman Hall around 7pm following an altercation between Oshan and Jhinuk when the latter slapped the former.
Later, the two BCL groups swooped on each other with sharp weapons, leaving at least eight people from the both groups injured.
The injured were taken to university’s central hospital for treatment.
On information, IU Proctor Prof Paresh Chandra Barman went to the spot and tried to bring the situation under control.
Nine electric metres were gutted when a fire broke out in the electric metres at four locations in Bagerhat town.
The fires occurred at the same time within a quarter kilometres area of the town after midnight on Tuesday.
On information, firemen, police and officials of Power Development Board rushed to the spot.
It is being suspected that the metres were torched as sabotage. However, only 9 metres including one of an apartment, two of a business enterprise and one clinic were damaged.
Meanwhile, a kind of fear was created among the power consumers after the incident of fire in the metres.
Three people on behalf of the owners of the damaged metres in the fire incident, lodged general diary at Bagerhat model police station on Wednesday.
OC of Bagerhat model police station informed that police have already started investigation into the incident.
Executive Engineer Monjul Kumar Sarker informed that they presumed someone might have torched the metres at the same time. The fire in the electric metres was not originated due to any short circuit or fault, he added.
Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal on Wednesday said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina should be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for giving shelter to Rohingyas.
“Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan made history of humanity by giving shelter to refugees. In the same way, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina gave shelter to Rohingyas in a densely populated country on humanitarian grounds. They both should be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize,” he said.
The minister made the remarks during a meeting with Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey Mustafa Sentop, a press release.
Highlighting the overall progress of Bangladesh, he urged Turkish entrepreneurs to make more investment in the country. “The Bangladesh government will help them if they want to invest in special economic zones of the country,” he said.
With the best investment-friendly environment among the South Asian countries, Bangladesh provides opportunity of making huge profit by taking advantage of incentives, Mustafa Kamal said.
He also thanked Turkey for their positive response to investing in electronics, medicine and gas sectors of Bangladesh.
State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam on Wednesday said the government will give priority to further expansion of small and medium enterprise (SME) sector considering its importance in the country’s national economy.
He was addressing a function as the chief guest at the Cirdap where a research paper on ‘Development of SMEs in Bangladesh: Lessons from German Experiences’ was presented.
Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) extended supports in doing the research on SMEs.
Director General (International Organizations) Mohammad Khorshed Alam Khastagir and FES Country Representative Tina Marie Blohm also spoke at the event with SME Foundation Managing Director Md Shafiqul Islam in the chair.
Over 68 lakh business entities of the total 78 lakh are SMEs, according to the research finding.
The SMEs sector and the country’s overall economy will get further momentum if these SMEs are supported giving much importance, the research paper suggested.
Former teacher at Dhaka University Professor Dr M Baki Khalili led the research team, said a press release.