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For a more tech-driven Bangladesh

  • Published at 11:00 pm February 23rd, 2020
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Photo: MAHMUD HOSSAIN OPU

We have already seen the benefits of the current government’s Digital Bangladesh initiative

As we move into the future, it is encouraging to see the prime minister and the government working towards building Bangladesh as a modern technology and knowledge-based nation. 

This should be, and rightfully is, an important point of focus moving forward, as our relationship with technology, and how effectively we allow it to aid us in our everyday lives, will be crucial for sustainable development. 

We have already seen the benefits of the current government’s Digital Bangladesh initiative, but many organizations -- many of them public -- have failed to utilize technology to the extent they should have, with many services still not available online or, if available, not working to the level of efficiency required for a modern, developed nation. 

Much of the problem is not only from the government side but also citizens, many of whom perhaps do not have the experience or knowhow to harness technology for their benefit and who often find themselves in foreign territory in turn.

In fact, when we think about creating a sustainable economy, in the modern world, the incorporation of technology is not merely a luxury, but a necessity in order to compete on the global stage and ensure that the citizens of this country receive the best of services, from both the public and private sectors. 

The government has already been encouraging in this regard, building IT Parks and incentivizing further digitization, on top of putting an emphasis on vocational training -- one of the reasons our exports in the ICT sector have skyrocketed over the last few years -- but, when it comes to ensuring more of our citizens are technology-literate, we perhaps need a more concentrated approach. 

For example, schools, colleges, and universities would be better served by the government making the use of certain types of technology mandatory. We might, in this way, create a generation that is more tech-savvy, and thereby a nation equally proficient in the use of technology.