Inaugurating the “Digital World-2016″ at the International Convention City Bashundhara in Dhaka on Wednesday morning.
Prime Minister spoke about the need for improving the capability of cybersecurity, stating that steps will have to be taken so that none could perpetrate crimes by using digital facilities.
“Some difficulties associated with security have been created with digitization, and for this, our capability of cyber security will have to be enhanced, we will have to stay vigilant so that security of the financial sector and secret issues is not impeded in any way,”
The prime minister informed after coming to office in 2009; her government initiated a master plan for advancement, erasing all signs of BNP-Jamaat misdeeds in all sectors.
Her government set up a single ministry by merging the post and telecommunication ministry and ICT ministry for organizing of information technology and telecommunication.
Blasting the BNP government for its negligence for not connecting Bangladesh with submarine cable free of cost, terming it as a missed opportunity, using a flimsy excuse of security.
Awami League government-linked Bangladesh with submarine cable by paying money in the greater interest of Bangladesh and actions have also been adopted to connect Bangladesh with the second submarine cable as there is no spare submarine cable in the country. Bangladesh had already secured the SEA-ME-WE-5 consortium, and would get 1300 Gbps bandwidth in the second submarine cable.
Hasina said the people don’t now face needless harassment to receive government services. “Utilizing information technology, we have checked the “bribe trade,” that was given an institutional form by establishing “Hawa Bhaban” by the BNP,” further adding tender manipulation has also been checked.
The premier said her government put the particular emphasis on education to develop Digital Bangladesh and made ICT education mandatory from class six to 12th class.
She further added
- 5,500 Digital Labs comprising 2100 Sheikh Russel Digital Labs have been established in the country while more 10,000 Sheikh Russel Digital Labs to be established by 2018.
- Establishing “Innovation Design Entrepreneurship Academy (IDEA)” project aimed at providing innovative jobs an institutional shape and developing IT Start-up initiative alongside wide-ranging works titled “One Thousand Innovation by 2021”.
- Every upazila of the country had been upgraded to optical fibre connection and 3G network, and bandwidth price reduced to ৳625, which was ৳76,000 in 2007.
- Steps have also been taken to launch 4G network in 2017. There are 130 million mobile SIM in circulation while 64 million people are now using the internet in Bangladesh.
- Rural people are now able to receive about 200 types of services digitally from digital centers across the country.
- 3000 post offices have been converted into digital service centers.
- Project titled “Learning and Earning” being implemented to increasing efficiency on the outsourcing work of the young people through utilizing ICT, about 55,000 male and female youths to be trained on freelancing under the project.
- Country’s own 1st satellite “The Bangabandhu Satellite-1” is progressing rapidly and will be launched by 2017. It should enable Bangladesh to export satellite bandwidth after meeting country’s demand.
As a proud mother, she reflected on the role of her ICT affairs adviser and son Sajeeb Wazed Joy in building Digital Bangladesh, terming him the principal architect Digital Bangladesh. In recognition of such, he received ICT for Development Award-2016.
Sheikh Hasina also toured various stalls set up in the International Convention City Bashundhara on the occasion of Digital World 2016.
The Digital World-2016 would exhibit the technology-based innovations and achievements and facilitate in a single platform for sharing ICT knowledge and ideas.
The ICT Division has organized the three-day event with the theme “Non-stop Bangladesh” with the support of the Bangladesh Computer Council (BCC), Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS) and a2i Programme of the Prime Minister’s office.
The three-day mega event would involve 12 seminars, IT career fair, soft expo, e-Governance expo, mobile innovation expo, e-commerce, and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) program.
This event would be a major focus for the government decision makers in the ICT sector, chief executives and high profile tech persons and thousands of spectators.
Over 200 speakers comprising 43 from world-leading organizations such as Microsoft, Facebook, the World Bank, ZTE, Huawei are anticipated to take part in 18 sessions.
Seven ministers from seven countries will take part in the inter-ministerial conference.