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  • Published at 11:57 pm February 7th, 2020
Moheshkhali
Dhaka Tribune

What has taken place in Moheshkhali is the perfect example of what needs to happen in other areas

Moheshkhali may be a remote island -- but disconnected it is not, thanks to technology.

Three years ago, the government launched the “Digital Island Moheshkhali” initiative, and that is now bearing fruit, with residents reaping the benefits of services in health care, education, trade, and agriculture, and a number of other services that can be availed through e-services and e-commerce.

This newspaper has editorialized in the past about the need to spread digital technology to remote areas of the country -- it is not enough for only large cities like Dhaka to have access, development needs to take place throughout the country.

What has taken place in Moheshkhali is the perfect example of what needs to happen in other areas where opportunities have been limited, because the internet can break down barriers and include the underprivileged into development in ways that were previously not possible. 

For example, children are able to use and learn through video conference from Dhaka-based teachers, and young entrepreneurs are now able to set up their dried-fish businesses online. Distance learning and e-commerce are only a couple of tangible benefits of this digital revolution.

There is no doubt that digital services are changing the face of not just Bangladesh, but of the whole world. Indeed, many experts predict that the so-called fourth Industrial Revolution will make many traditional ways of doing things -- conducting business, or going to school, or visiting the doctor -- obsolete. 

Bangladesh needs to stay on this digital train if we wish to not get left behind. 

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