I have been invited to meet with a delegation from Bangladesh next week that is interested in electronic government. Although the country has a very ambitious IT Policy document (actually a strategic document), it is very evident that they are a long ways from becoming an information economy. Their strategic vision for IT
aims at building an IT-driven nation comprising of knowledge-based society by the year 2010. In view of this, a country-wide IT-infrastructure will be developed to ensure access to information by every citizen to facilitate empowerment of people and enhance democratic values and norms for sustainable economic development by using the infrastructure for human resources development, governance, e-commerce, banking, public utility services and all sorts of on-line IT-enabled services.
Building on this theme, an article in the Bangladesh Observer states,
Information Technology (IT) experts at a function on Thursday said that Bangladesh could be graduated to a developed country by 2010 from its existing status, if the country’s huge unemployed youths were properly provided with IT based education.
Bangladesh is a poor country with over 120 million people. It is faced with problems of crime, corruption, and violence. I wish them well in their efforts.