We remain some distance away from reaching our ultimate goals
It is very encouraging to see that Bangladesh’s efforts at digitalization continue to be recognized globally, with the latest issue of the Digital Intelligence Index -- which charts the progress economies have made in advancing their digitalization, fostering trust, and integrating connectivity -- mentioning Bangladesh in the “break out” category of economies alongside the likes of China, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Thailand.
What this signifies is that, over the past 12 years -- the time period of data collection for the study -- the economy of Bangladesh has been evolving rapidly, while maintaining significant momentum for future growth, and is set to be highly attractive to investors.
For this, the government of Bangladesh deserves credit, not only for establishing the vision of Digital Bangladesh in 2008, but for following through and leveraging the power of technology and digitalization to propel the economy to heights the country had never previously envisioned, let alone achieved.
However, while such recognition legitimizes the tireless work of all the stakeholders and authorities concerned, we remain some distance away from reaching our ultimate goals. Yes, it is a boost to be mentioned in the same breath as the economies mentioned above when it comes to digitalization, but the fact remains that these nations remain far ahead of us technologically and we have plenty of catching up to do.
Thus, if we are ever to truly compare to them, we must continue to persevere, innovate, and use the power of digitalization, but of course keeping in mind that we must do so in an equitable manner, so that all the citizens of Bangladesh can enjoy the making of a prosperous, digital, and developed Bangladesh.