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‘Digital Municipalities’ project launched in city
A new project named “Digital Municipality” was launched in the city on Friday to establish a digital platform in municipality sector to manage all types of resources in an organized, effective and efficient way and provide one-stop fast services to the people of Bangladesh.
KOICA, the ICT Division, BCC, a2i & LGD jointly launched the project with a budget of US$ 1 million grant assistance.
The project is expected to open new horizons for Bangladesh by making available of the easy process of getting public services like property management, online councilor certificate, holding tax, water bill etc. within a single system and the citizens would get all services through online, also by mobile devices, said the KOICA.
The project will help to reduce the time of getting various public services.
State Minister of ICT Division Zunaid Ahmed Palak, Ambassador of South Korea Ahn Seong-doo, Country Director of KOICA Bangladesh Office Joe Hyun-Gue, officials and experts from the Ministry, ICTD, BCC, a2i and KOICA along with all the fellows were present atn the event.
This is pilot project under the KOICA supported “Establishment of the e-Government Master Plan for Digital Bangladesh” which was initiated in 2014 with the grant assistant of US$ 3.2 million.
Besides the project launching, KOICA has delivered the draft of e-Government Master Plan Report which would be the road map of achieving Digital Bangladesh.
Zunaid Palak expressed his gratitude to KOICA and the Korean Government for being a constant friend of Bangladesh and promised to cooperate with KOICA in implementing the project.
Bangladesh stood 124th out of 193 countries according to the ‘e-Government Survey 2016’ published by the United Nations, said Palak adding that the United Kingdom hold the first slot in the list.
Ambassador Seong-doo thanked the government of Bangladesh for the opportunity to contribute to developing the digital Bangladesh.
He said this project will help to enhance the capacity of Bangladeshi government officials for 'Digital Government' and deliver better public sector service and governance.
The Ambassador said as a unique friend of Bangladesh, Korea will always go forward with Bangladesh until it achieves its dream of making ‘Digital Bangladesh’.
Several initiatives have been identified for the formulation of the e-Government Master Plan for Digital Bangladesh and implementing e-Government aiming to materialise the Vision-2021 set by the current government.
The formulation of ICT Road Map through bringing 52 ministries/departments, 68 directorates and agencies under Bangladesh National Enterprise Architecture Framework (BNEAF) will play special role in implementing the e-Government Master Plan.