Digital Bangladesh is real today. Faced with this reality, the government’s new objective is to build a “smart Bangladesh”. “Future Smart Bangladesh will be affordable, sustainable, knowledge-based, smart and innovative.” In other words, all the work will be smart. Such as ensuring smart healthcare, smart transportation, smart utilities, urban administration, public security, agriculture, internet connectivity and disaster management to implement smart cities and smart villages . The One Student, One Laptop, One Dream initiative was launched to ensure student participation online. As part of this, all digital services will be bundled in a centrally integrated cloud. The government has already changed the name of Digital Bangladesh Task Force to “Smart Bangladesh Task Force”. The election manifesto released by the current government in 2008 stated that the goal for 2021 was “digital Bangladesh”.
Last year, “Rupkalpa 2021” was implemented. This time, in agreement with the developed world, the government has started working with the aim of building a smart, knowledge-based and advanced Bangladesh by 2041. Under the leadership of the heads of 9 departments/agencies under the Department of information and communication technologies, 197 initiatives have been identified and master plans have been undertaken within the framework of this vision. A roadmap has been prepared in light of 4 pillars (Smart Citizen, Smart Economy, Smart Society and Smart Government) to build Smart Bangladesh 2041. In order to fully automate the information and communication technology department, 176 softwares have been identified and the implementation plan has been completed with the aim of building the “Smart ICT Division” of the future.
According to information and technology department sources, as part of the construction of Smart Bangladesh, a plan has been put in place to bring two lakh schools, land offices, health complexes under fiber optics by 2025 The IT Business Incubator will be developed as a center for developing talent, intelligence and knowledge of the young generation. The incubator has high-speed internet connectivity through BTCL. The incubation building includes a start-up area, an innovation area, an industry-academic area, a brainstorming area, an exhibition center, an electronic library area, a data center, a research, a videoconference room and a conference room. It will be the biggest export product, which we can earn a lot of foreign currency by exporting. Built on 4.7 acres of land, this facility is another step in the Digital Bangladesh campaign to transform the country into a “smart Bangladesh”. Also, an initiative will be taken to establish an Alternative School for Startup Educators of Tomorrow (ASSET) under the Bangladesh Computer Council. The Bangladesh Knowledge Development Park will be established under the Bangladesh Hi-Tech Park Authority.
Initiatives will be taken to establish a Center for Innovation in Learning and Knowledge Creation (CLICK) under the Bangladesh Computer Council. The Agency for Knowledge of the Aeronautical and Space Horizon (Akash) will be created within the Department of Information and Communication Technologies. A Self-Employment and Entrepreneurship Development (SEED) platform will be established under the Bangladesh Hi-Tech Park Authority. A Content Engineering and Linkage Lab (CELL) will be set up within the Directorate of Information and Communication Technologies and initiatives will be taken to create government services and infrastructure-based entrepreneurship on the Service Aggregator model Training (SAT). In addition, all digital services will be bundled in a centrally integrated cloud.
Asked how smart Bangladesh will be, the State Minister for the Department of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Junaid Ahmed Palak, told Janakantha that by 2031, he aims to achieve the goals of the SDGs and to secure the income of the upper middle class and transform it into a knowledge-based, high-economy, developed and prosperous country by 2041. Various programs have been undertaken. As a result, the per capita income will increase to 12 thousand 500 dollars. Smart Bangladesh will be developed. Thanks to this, there will be rapid changes in Bangladesh’s agriculture, education, health, transport and communications.
He said: “We already have the idea that in the next 100 years, space research and mining technology can change the future global economy. Space research and solar power generation in space, satellite internet connectivity will greatly contribute in this regard. With Bangladesh’s technology and capabilities, plans for future satellite launches should be made now. Therefore, the Akash Aerospace Horizon Knowledge Agency will be created so that we are not left behind in this journey. The Minister of State also said: “Let us assume that the use of any new technology will lead the world economy in the future and step by step we must give importance to the emerging, pioneering or future technologies required to 2025, 2031 or 2041. Only then can we contribute more than 20% of the national GDP from the technology sector like the developed countries.
The goal of 2041 is the smart city and the smart village. The government is working on modernized power grid, green economy, skills development, self-employment recognition and urban development to build Smart Bangladesh, an innovative and knowledge-based economy by 2041. The Minister of Posts and Telecommunications, Mustafa Jabbar, said digital connectivity will be the next development highway. Without these highways, neither the smart city nor smart technology can be implemented. He also said that we should use the benefits of 5G connectivity for the development of health, agriculture and education sectors in building smart cities and smart villages. Minister of State for Department of Information and Communication Technology Junaid Ahmed Palak said, “The smart Bangladesh of 2041 will be an affordable, sustainable, intellectual, knowledge-based and innovative Bangladesh. The implementation of smart cities and smart villages requires ensuring smart healthcare, smart transport, smart utilities, urban administration, public safety, agriculture, internet connectivity and management of disasters. That’s why we need to focus on these four technologies: artificial intelligence, robotics, microchip design and manufacturing, and cybersecurity.
All digital services will be centrally integrated in the cloud. All digital services will be centrally integrated in the cloud. It will be implemented by all ministries and departments. Data Security Act, Digital Services Act, Sheikh Hasina Institute of Frontier Technology (SHIFT) Act, Innovation Design and Entrepreneurship Academy (IDEA) Act, Knowledge Agency Act Aeronautics and Space Horizon (Akash), Digital Leadership Academy Act, and National Startup Policy Formulation These issues will be implemented by the Legislative and Parliamentary Affairs Directorate and the Information Technology Directorate. In addition, to ensure the online activities of students, the Department of Secondary and Higher Education, the Department of Madrasah and Technical Education, the Ministry of Primary and Mass Education and the Department of information will implement laptop support programs for students under the ‘One Student, One Laptop, One Dream’ program. The IT department will implement the Digital Leadership Academy to build smart, pervasive government Also, prepare enterprise-based enterprises as investment-friendly startups to increase the contribution of micro, small and medium enterprises to GDP.
The Ministry of Industry, the Ministry of Commerce and the Department of Information Technology are involved in the implementation of this initiative. Creation of the alternative school for educators of tomorrow’s startups (ASSET). Bangladesh Computer Council will implement it. Construction and management of Bangladesh Knowledge Development Park. It is implemented by the Hi-Tech Park Authority. Creation of the Center for Innovation in Learning and Knowledge Creation (CLICK). Bangladesh Computer Council is being implemented. Creation of the Agency for knowledge of the aeronautical and spatial horizon (Akash). Computer service in progress. Establishment of the self-employment and entrepreneurship development platform (SEED). It will be implemented by the Hi-Tech Park Authority. Implementation of the Content Engineering and Linkage Lab (CELL). It will be implemented by the Information Technology Department. Create government services and infrastructure dependent contractors on the Service Aggregator Formation (SAT) model. Bangladesh Computer Council being implemented.
‘Smart Bangladesh Task Force’ under the leadership of the Prime Minister. The “Smart Bangladesh Task Force” was formed under the leadership of the Prime Minister. It has five ministers, a minister of state. In the gazette published by the cabinet department last August, the secretary of the information and communication technology department was named secretary member of this working group. A joint secretary in the cabinet department told Janakantha that the chairman of the Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission, the chief executive of the National Telecommunications Monitoring Center (NTMC), the chief executive of the Bangladesh Computer Council, the chief executive of the Bangladesh Hi-Tech Park Authority, the Managing Director of Startup Bangladesh and fifteen other prominent public and private officials, technical experts and related persons are members of the committee. The nine terms of reference of the working group were also specified in the gazette. These are – 1. Providing advice on implementing advanced computing. 2. Provide guidance in the formulation and implementation of time-bound action plans for the transformation of education, health, agriculture and finance sector activities into smart systems. 3. To provide advice in the formulation of information technology regulations in the economic, social, commercial and scientific fields with the aim of building an intelligent and pervasive government. 4. Provide necessary instructions for launching Bangabandhu Satellite-2. 5. Provide the directives necessary for the creation of the Agency for the knowledge of the aeronautical and space horizon (Akash). 6. Implementation of joint education master plan and provision of necessary instructions for the fourth submarine cable connection taking into account the bandwidth demand after the launch of 5G services. 7. Provide guidance in setting time-bound targets for Made in Bangladesh policy formulation and implementation to achieve desired export goals. 8. Provide the necessary advice for the implementation of the digitization of the financial sector.