The government’s push to promote the ICT sector through incentivization has clearly been a step in the right direction
The path towards Digital Bangladesh has never been clearer.
According to the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index, Bangladesh has outperformed most of its South Asian neighbours in adopting ICT, ranking above India, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan.
It seems that the government’s plans to digitize Bangladesh is on course, as surveys taken show that our entrepreneurs have perceived overall improvement in the sector, with digitization leading to more efficient work flow and ease of providing and receiving services.
The fact remains that, in this day and age, technology is the bedrock of progress, as it serves as the driving force which allows the economy to thrive, and further improves the quality of life of the people by providing better services, health care, and infrastructure.
To that end, the government’s push to promote the ICT sector through incentivization and the establishment of ICT parks has clearly been a step in the right direction.
However, while Bangladesh’s success in this regard remains commendable, its overall ranking in the world remains relatively poor when compared to more developed nations.
Of course, Bangladesh should continue to make improvements as it always has, but the government would do well to look at nations which have scored much higher in the rankings, such as South Korea, and strive to emulate the systems they have put in place.
This would, no doubt, require contextualization, as no two nations and its peoples are the same, but it would give us a clearer picture of what works and what does not when it comes to ICT adoption and innovation.
It is only through continued self-improvement in this regard that we can ensure sustained development for the Bangladeshi people.