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Science and ICT will generate 40 per cent employment

Posted in Bangladesh, Business, Dhaka, Economy, IT, Technology by Sherpa Hossainy on July 21, 2011

Published in The Independent on 8 July 2011

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The government is eyeing to generate almost 40 per cent of the total employment of Bangladesh through science and ICT sector within a decade, the finance minister AMA Muhith said on Thursday.

The minister was speaking at the award presentation event at the second national digital innovation fair 2011 organised by the Ministry of Science and ICT and D.Net at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Novo Theatre in Dhaka.

“There will be a revolution in science and ICT sector and through materialising the vision of digital Bangladesh we will become a medium-income country by 2021,” Muhith said.

Muhith said that a digital Bangladesh would reduce corruption through free flow of information and save valuable time consumed by cumbersome bureaucratic procedures.

“Digital Bangladesh is the best weapon to fight the corruption and weak administrative system that prevails in the country,” the minister said.

Muhith said the corrupt officials are already dreading the prospect of free flow of information as it will expose their illegal activities.

Eighty government organisations from different ministries and departments and six private organisations took part in the fair, showcasing their digital ICT services.

Thirty-one organisations were given the Digital Innovation Fair Award 2011, in seven different categories for government organisations and 10 categories for the private ones.

Innovations in digital services showcased in the fair included: 3D digital elevation map for agriculture, online agricultural television, SMS-based health care, digital land survey, digital tax holding management system.

There were also new ICT-based services such as online birth and death registration, education GIS map, mobile banking, digital disaster management, automatic biometric information system and electronic voting machine.

Professor Jamilur Reza Chowdhury was the chairperson of the jury board for the fair.

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