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A2i, USAID jointly launch 6 Digital Centres for garments and fisheries workers

  • Published at 12:27 am August 17th, 2018
A2i, USAID jointly lauch Digital Centres
The six Digital Centres have been jointly launched by Access to Information (a2i) Bangladesh, of the ICT Division and USAID, to ensure easy, fast, and low-cost access to public and private services for workers Courtesy

At present, 5,268 digital centres at the union, municipal, and city corporation levels, are delivering public and private services to the doorsteps of citizens

Six digital centers have been established to ensure easy, fast, and low-cost access to public and private services for RMG workers in Gazipur, and fisheries workers in Khulna, for one year.

The centres were jointly launched by Access to Information (a2i) Bangladesh, of the ICT Division and USAID, to ensure easy, fast, and low-cost access to public and private services for workers, said a press release. 

Five of the digital centers are for RMG workers in Gazipur district which has a concentration of RMG factories, and one in Khulna, for fisheries workers.

Gazipur District Deputy Commissioner, Dr Dewan Muhammad Humayun Kabir, inaugurated the centres by opening one centre at the Workers' Community Centre (WCC) in Tongi, Gazipur.

Joining from Dhaka through video conferencing, A2i's Policy Advisor, Anir Chowdhury, highlighted different aspects of the digital centres. 

Among these centers, three are connected to WCC, of which two are in Tongi and Konabari of Gazipur, and the other one is in the Rupsa area of Khulna. The other three centers are located in Gazipur's Board Bazar, Kashimpur, and Vogra areas, where there is a concentration of RMG factories.

At each digital centre, a male and a female entrepreneur will provide services.  The necessary training for these services has been provided to them by a2i. The digital centers will provide services every day from 7am to 10pm.

Establishing digital centers is one of the important government initiatives for the realization of Vision 2021.

At present, 5,268 digital centres at the union, municipal, and city corporation levels, are delivering public and private services to the doorsteps of citizens.

From these digital centers, people of those areas, including workers in the garments and fisheries industries, will receive more than 150 public and private services, as well as financial inclusion services, quickly and at a lower cost. They will be able to buy and sell more than 500,000 different products online through agent banking and rural e-commerce 'ekShop'. 

The centres have already provided a total of 367 million services, 75 million online birth registrations, and have generated an income of Tk3.295 crore (for entrepreneurs).

USAID Office Director Tom Pope, USAID Solidarity Centre Country Program Director Christopher Johnson, councilors of wards 50 and 49 of Gazipur, Kazi Abu Bakar Siddique and Faruk Ahmed, female councilor Nasrin Akter Shirin (reserved for wards 49, 50 and 51 ), representatives and senior officials of the Chamber of Commerce, FBCCI, BGMEA, BKMEA, USAID, a2i, and media personnel, were present among others during the inauguration.

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