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Digitization in Bangladesh

Digitization is on the way of all sphere in Bangladesh. Present government of Bangladesh is doing tremendous job to set a good platform for Digital Bangladesh. Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith today sought supports of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in implementing government’s overall programme of digitization.

“We have told that the digitization programme that the government has undertaken involves various matters, not only access to information,” he said.

The minister was talking to journalists after a meeting with the visiting UNDP Administrator Helen Clark at his residence here today.

The finance minister said: “We are going to register population after the next population census.” UNDP could also play a role in this purpose as it has already worked in many areas in preparing the voters ID cards, he added.

UNDP is planning to support for next cycle of development
that begins in 2012 and our main task now is to develop the
strategies, to find out donors, he said.

“We are talking about our programmes and priorities and
strategies in cycle- wise programme,” the finance minister said
adding support during last cycle was US 292 million dollar but we
don’t know how much it would be in this cycle.

“Their funds come from various sources. . . UNDP is not a
funding agency, they promote programmes where funds come from
other sources,” the minister said.

The finance minister said such visit of a top UNDP
administrator has an importance as they would be able to verify
programmes in Dhaka. Total fourteen ministries are working with
UNDP, the minister mentioned adding with this visit they would be
able to see overall development of the programmes.

Referring to the discussion that took place today he said
UNDP Administrator has mentioned some important points, which we
also agreed. Besides climate change issue, migration issue were
discussed and stressed was given for finding some solution.

“We also talked about project team issue,” Muhith said
adding there is a lack of transfer of technology within the
project team as the experts from home and abroad work separately
and after foreign experts leave Dhaka, the entire project
collapses.

Source: BSS


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