Under digital bangladesh, the government now wants to attract the same kind of investment (having set an ict investment target of $1 billion over the next five years) in not only rolling out broadband to every corner of the country, but also in developing bangladesh’s high-tech industries such as software development, ict services and business process outsourcing (bpo.
In 2015 government of bangladesh has enacted a proper guideline for ict and declared it as the thrust sector it is estimated that within five years ict sector will contribute 1 percent to the bangladesh’s total gdp and create employment for 150,000 ict professionals. Ict in bangladesh “ the value of two indicators of diffusion of old innovations: telephone including cellular per 1,000 people (1999) and electricity consumption kwh per capita (1998) for bangladesh were 5 and 81 that for pakistan 24 and 337, india 28 and 384, indonesia 40 and 320, south korea 938 and 4497 and japan 1007 and 7322.
The national information and communication technology (ict) policy-2009 of bangladesh affirms ict as a mandatory means to develop the country economically and socially (ministry of science and information and communication technology of bangladesh [mosictbd], 2009. Empowering rural uisc digital bangladesh vision 2021 digital world-2015 empowering rural uisc digital bangladesh vision 2021 digital world-2015 prime minister sheikh hasina receives itu award.
The national education policy 2010 of bangladesh also recommended ict based education for its secondary, higher secondary, and tertiary education to make a uniform platform and to minimise the gap between rural, suburban, and urban students.
Nonetheless, bangladesh still ranks 145 out of 175 on the itu’s ict index, an annual report that captures the level of ict development according to the bangladesh association of software and information services (basis), around 1500+ software and it-related companies have registered in bangladesh. Leveraging ict for growth, employment and governance is a project of bangladesh computer council (bcc) under the ministry of posts, telecommunication and information technology. It is estimated that within five years ict sector will contribute 1 percent to the bangladesh’s total gdp and create employment for 150,000 ict professionals a national ict task force, headed by the honorable prime minister, has been formed and a hi- tech park in gazipur is going to be established to attract foreign direct investment in this sector.