Govt working relentlessly to build Digital Bangladesh: Palak

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TALLINN, ESTONIA, May 29, 2018 (BSS) – State Minister for ICT Division
Zunaid Ahmed Palak today said present government is working relentlessly to
build Digital Bangladesh.

“The prime challenge is to turn digital outliers into digital adopters.
Affordable and reliable internet is a key to overcome this challenge. We have
expanded high speed optical fiber network up to district and sub-district
level,” he said.

The State Minister said this while addressing a discussion titled ‘How
to Manage Digital Citizen Centric e-Governance’ at “Tallinn e-Governance
Conference 2018” in Estonia today.

President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid inaugurated the two-day conference
in Estonia. Among others Prime Minister of St. Lucia Allen Chastanet,
Director Smart Catalonia Daniel Marco and Minister for Digital Policies and
Public Administration of the Government of Catalonia, Spain, Jordi Puignero i
Ferrer took part in the panel discussion.

“Bangladesh government is implementing a massive project to roll out
optical fiber in the rural areas. By the end of 2018, almost all the major
rural areas will be connected with optical fiber. And we are implementing
this colossal project on public private partnership basis where government
will make the capital investment and private sector participator will do the
operation and maintenance jobs,” Palak added.

The state minister for ICT Division further said, “One thing is very
important in this borderless cyber world and that is collaboration. All sorts
of opportunities for extending collaboration should be explored and
exercised.”

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