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Country ICT Scenario: Bangladesh. Aminul Islam & Saleh Khan UNDP Bangladesh. Regional ICT for Development Programme Officer’s Workshop Kulal Lumpur, Malaysia 9 – 13 December 2002. ICT Scenario: Institutional.

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country ict scenario bangladesh

Country ICT Scenario:Bangladesh

Aminul Islam & Saleh Khan

UNDP Bangladesh

Regional ICT for Development Programme Officer’s Workshop

Kulal Lumpur, Malaysia

9 – 13 December 2002

ict scenario institutional
ICT Scenario: Institutional
  • Ministry of Science and Technology renamed to Ministry of Science and ICT with new mandate
  • Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission set up to provide guidance and policy inputs in the sector
  • National ICT Policy formulated
  • ICT related activities seen as the next big thing in terms of export earnings and national development
  • No duties / taxes on computer hardware and software


gob s ict policy
GoB’s ICT Policy
  • Prime Minister declares ICT as the “Thrust Sector” in National Development Plan and “the key-driving element for socio-economic development”
  • Aims at building an ICT driven nation by 2006
  • Broad based policy that stresses on human resource, infrastructure and enabling environment development
bangladesh successes
Bangladesh: Successes
  • IT parks developed by NGOs and CSOs
  • BRAC has set up rural public libraries and is in process of linking these to the Internet
  • Test case IT village set up by Grameen
  • Private sector initiatives in telemedicine
  • Government actively mainstreaming IT education at primary / secondary level
  • Cellular phone overtook limited available fixed landlines in

2001 to facilitate telecommunication in remote villages

bangladesh obstacles
Bangladesh: Obstacles
  • Lack of high speed access to the Internet
  • Lack of telecommunication infrastructure
  • Lack of legal / financial environment to support e-Commerce
  • Inexperience in catering to the global software market and to compete in it
co bangladesh
CO Bangladesh
  • ICT for Development in process of being main streamed in practice area programmes / projects
  • Task force formed to provide policy guidance to the CO by January 2003
  • Has IT / ICT components in some of its projects with SDNP being the only true ICT4D programme
  • Office Intranet (OfficeNet) developed to facilitate knowledge networking / collaboration in the CO
mandate ict4d task force
Mandate: ICT4D Task Force
  • To identify feasibility of undertaking ICT4D programmes / projects in Bangladesh
  • To identify sectors for intervention in Bangladesh and identify development niches to cater to
  • To identify mechanisms facilitating knowledge networking with SURFs and APDIP
  • To expand partnership with other development actors in the country as well as with civil society and NGO partners
upcoming ict initiatives
Upcoming ICT Initiatives
  • SPPD under formulation with the assistance of ITU to assist telecom regulatory reforms
  • Pipeline project on e-Governance, through the ICT-TTF, to promote SMEs as a model of poverty alleviation through the use of e-Government initiatives in the Ministry of Trade and Commerce
  • Awareness / advocacy sessions on office re-orientation using ICT based tools to facilitate knowledge sharing / collaboration to government and donor partners
donor initiatives
Donor Initiatives
  • No clear information / compilation of data in the sector
  • ICT project ‘rides on’ others projects / programmes
  • DFiD exploring the sector to enter
  • World Bank group funded project on developing infrastructure in the telecommunications sector