The government has developed its own methods, own innovations for implementing ‘Digital Bangladesh’ initiative for simplifying and digitising services, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's ICT Adviser Sajeeb Ahmed Wazed Joy has said.
Joy, also the son of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, was addressing a panel discussion of the South-South and Triangular Cooperation in scaling-up innovation in public service delivery organised by Bangladesh and UN office for South-South cooperation at the conference room of UN Headquarters in New York on Tuesday, reports UNB.
“Digital Bangladesh initiative was an innovative and learning experience for the government as it developed the necessary systems for materialising it," he said.
"The overall goal was to digitise government services while the real goal was to provide benefits to citizens with the services and make the citizens’ lives and interactions with the government easier, efficient and more simplified.”
So, the government decided to do it in a simple and cost-effective manner to reach the services to citizens in remote villages and islands, he continued.
Webcam and Skype, which are easy, cheap and cost-effective ways to deliver services, were introduced to reach the community healthcare services to the remote areas, he cited.
Joy noted that the Public Private Partnership (PPP) was followed to implement the vision as budget is always one of the big constraints for the government.
In this case, the countrywide digital centres run by the three private entrepreneurs are the glaring examples as the government is no longer paying their salaries except providing the initial trainings.
Speaking on the occasion, ITU Secretary General Houlin Zhao said Sheikh Hasina's extraordinary leadership has brought success in the ICT sector.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina also spoke at the function and proposed establishing a ‘South-South Network of Public Organisations’ to develop a broader understanding and exchange of public sector innovations among the global South.
Moderated by PM's Principal Secretary Md Abul Kalam Azad, the panel discussion was also addressed as panelists by Gina Casar, executive director of Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation, Ms Judith Karl, executive secretary of UN Capital Development Fund (CDF), Vincenzo Aquaro, chief of the knowledge management branch of Division of Public Administration and Development Management, UN-DESA.