With half the world’s population slated to be online by the end of this year, it is important that Bangladesh keeps up.
Interestingly, in developed nations, 80% of the population will be online by the end of 2016. With Bangladesh’s dreams of becoming a middle-income nation, this is the direction the developed world is headed, and so too must Bangladesh.
We have taken great strides towards developing our ICT sector, and it is important that the government recognises the need to keep that ball rolling.
Online services are crucial not just to the economy, but play a huge role in bringing much-needed services to the people, especially in the sector of education.
It is an efficient and cost-effective way of reaching to a huge number of people, and the potential is limitless.
And Bangladesh has the resources to make this a reality.
The government must realise that the more people have access to the internet, the more the people and the country itself will benefit.
Some governmental services, such as the Tax Information Number, can be acquired online, and this is a step in the right direction. But other services, such as passports and national IDs, also need to be fully integrated, and the internet should be utilised to its full potential to get these services across the people in an efficient and hassle-free manner.
It is an integral part of living in the 21st century that Digital Bangladesh is truly digital, and does not stop at being just a brand name.
This is the future, and we have to ensure that we are headed towards it, not away.