country would get rid of power crisis as 3,500 MW

Finance Minister AMA Muhith today said the country would get rid of power crisis as 3,500 MW of power will be generated and added to the national grid by 2011.

“Bangladesh will be self-sufficient in power by 2021 and 100 percent people of the country will get electricity as per the
government’s vision,” he said.

He was addressing the consultation with development partners
of ‘Strategic Priority of Digital Bangladesh: The Way Forward’ as
the chief guest at the Prime Minister’s Office.

With Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister Abdul Karim
in the chair, planning minister Air Vice Marshal (reted.) AK
Khondaker, State Minister for Science and ICT Yeafesh Osman and
Country Director of UNDP Stefan Priesner spoke as the special
guests.

National Project Director of A2I Programme Nazrul Islam Khan
delivered the welcome speech while Policy Advisor of Access to
Information (A2I) Programme Anir Chowdhury presented the keynote
paper.

Access to Information (A2I) Programme of the Prime
Minister’s Office with supported by UNDP jointly organised the
dialogue.

“We have made 64 digital portals at the district-level, many
of these portals have updated content..The country will get 4500
information centers by November at the union parishad level,
whereas we had thought of getting to only 1000 information
centers across the country by the yearend,” he revealed.

He said digitalization of major sectors would help curb corruption and propel the economic growth.

Terming Bangladesh a ‘land of impossible attainment,’ the
Finance Minister expressed the present government desire to bring
about massive changes in some priority sectors like the land
management, police department, health and the education sector
through proper utilization of ICT.

Lauding the government’s achievement in building a Digital Bangladesh, Muhith said, “there is no possibility of a digital
divide in the country under the present government initiative of
rapidly digitizing the whole Bangladesh”.

Planning minister emphasized the need for introducing
technology-based management in all sectors starting from
government to social levels to materialize the dream of “Digital
Bangladesh.”

State Minister for Science and ICT Yeafesh Osman underlined
the contribution of telecommunication sector to the economic
growth of the country.

DHAKA, Oct 31 (BSS)

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