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Realising the digital dream

  • Published at 06:48 pm December 9th, 2017
  • Last updated at 10:00 am December 10th, 2017
Realising the digital dream
Extraordinary feats cannot be achieved without a vision. And that vision was shared with us almost a decade ago when Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina described her plan for a Digital Bangladesh by 2021. We have come a long way since then and our progress looks steadier and stronger than ever as we host the Digital World Expo 2017, the biggest ICT event in the country that is hosting the likes of Facebook and Google, among other international technology pioneers. Our local tech startups like the innovative ride-sharing service Pathao -- a product of the hard work and dedication of our brilliant and gifted youths -- are now contributing not just to the economy, but also to society, with their timely and tech-based solutions to practical problems, like traffic, in this instance. These services are made possible and feasible by the high-speed internet that we now take for granted, and the astounding number of internet users currently in Bangladesh, which stands at 79.7 million -- half of our entire population; but all of this is directly a result of our government’s discerning and judicious investments in IT infrastructure. For that, we are truly indebted to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her dream for a healthy, safe, and prosperous Digital Bangladesh -- her Vision 2021. But what is really essential for us to achieve Vision 2021 is proper planning. We have the potential, the talent, and the determination to be innovators and leaders in the IT industry, but we must ensure that we are proceeding with accountability, and that we have capable people in charge. We also need to ensure internet freedom for all for a truly digital future.