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Awami League manifesto: Surprise in IT

  • Published at 10:56 am December 8th, 2018
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The manifesto will focus on the party’s achievements in this sector and future plans

Awami League is going to prioritize information technology (IT) in its manifesto ahead of the upcoming 11th general election.

“There will be surprise in the information technology segment,” Post, Communication and Information Technology Minister Mustafa Jabbar said. 

He hinted that it will be a sequel to “Digital Bangladesh,” a slogan of the ruling party’s election manifesto during the 2008 general polls.

Jabbar, who is a member of Awami League’s manifesto drafting committee, said he is planning the IT segment. 

He said a major portion of the manifesto will cover IT, especially Digital Bangladesh. This segment is likely to highlight 20 to 22 topics.

The manifesto will focus on the party’s achievements in this sector and future plans, the IT entrepreneur said. 

He said in its 2008 election manifesto, Awami League had pledged to make a Digital Bangladesh within 2021.   

“We are now on our way towards implementing Digital Bangladesh. It will be implemented before that,” Jabbar said. 

He said they are now trying to find out what will follow up the Digital Bangladesh. 

“We are planning many things, but have not finalized anything yet. We are yet to decide our slogan,” the minister added.

The technocrat minister also said Prime Minister and also Awami League President Sheikh Hasina is likely to unveil election manifesto on December 13 or 14. 

“By then, we will be finalizing our slogan,” he said. 

 Jabbar said they have planned to implement Digital Bangladesh by 2021 on short-term basis, by 2030 on mid-term basis and by 2041 on long-term basis. 

He said currently 40% people use digital financial service, which is a result of our longstanding plan.

The ICT minister said they along with 53 ministries have designated 960 government services, of which 900 directly involved with the public. 

The manifesto is likely to outline a direction on how and where the people can get 900 services.

“We have readied more than 300 action plans, which might also be focused in the manifesto.”

Jabbar said: “The fourth industrial revolution or 4.0 has already hit Bangladesh. This means our adaptation capability has increased significantly in the past 10 years.

“We can move much further if we have a specific goal.”