95% of Bangladeshis access the internet through the telecommunication network
Post and Telecommunication Minister Mustafa Jabbar has said that the telecommunication industry of Bangladesh has become the fifth largest in the Asia-Pacific.
Jabbar said the industry achieved to reach that height through the joint efforts of the public and the private sectors.
The minister also said 95% of Bangladeshis access the internet through the telecommunication network, which helps cut the gap in digital access in the country.
He made the remarks at an online event titled "GSMA Thrive Asia Pacific" on Tuesday.
To promote digital education in the country, many educational institutions are using mobile phone internet in their multimedia classrooms, added Jabbar.
The internet has also created big opportunities for women, lowering the gender gap.
Many female entrepreneurs in the country are now operating their businesses on social media from remote areas, said the minister.
Digital Bangladesh or Vision 2021 is a promise to emerge as a dignified and developed country in the world by implementing eight interconnected goals.
The goals of Vision 2021 include wiping out inequality, alleviating poverty, and establishing social justice through good governance and quality education using digital technology, he said.
"The Access to Information (a2i) program of the prime minister's office played a key role in implementing the goals," Jabbar further said.
The measures of Digital Bangladesh have helped increase economic inclusion and mobile financial services are fast becoming popular in the country, the minister added.