Bangladesh’s digital future gets a boost

May 16, 2018

In a good news story for the people of Bangladesh, Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of Bangladesh to deliver a high tech resource management system that will be foundational to the country’s accelerated development. KOICA has worked extensively in Bangladesh, a regional neighbour that today remains one of the poorest countries on the planet. KOICA’s pre-existing links to and expertise in working in Bangladesh were instrumental in its successful bid for this work, which begins in ten key local government municipalities with which KOICA will partner to deliver the new ‘Digital Municipality Service System’.

The core aim of this project is to establish a digital platform to manage all types of government resources in an organised, cost-effective, reliable and efficiency manner, providing one-stop, speedy and appropriately targeted services to the people of Bangladesh.

The project will open new horizons for Bangladeshi people by enabling easy access to public services like property management, tax and essential services such as water and electricity – within a single centralised electronic system; available online and via mobile devices. It is expected to radically reduce what are currently lengthy wait times to secure various public services, at the same time as supporting fairness and transparency in a system that has long been plagued by corruption.

In the 21st century, economic prosperity and development rests on the ability of a country’s citizenry to access and utilise information and knowledge. The successful implementation of this ‘e-Governance’ initiative supports the broader vision of a ‘Digital Bangladesh’ by 2021. Congratulations to KOICA for its leading role in this work.

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