The government has decided to observe December 12 as the National Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Day to make its Digital Bangladesh concept a memorable one.
“The cabinet in its weekly meeting at the PMO today [Monday] endorsed a proposal in this regard,” Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam told reporters after the meeting.
He said December 12 will be observed as the National ICT Day every year and it will be considered as the 'Kha' category day as per circular of the Cabinet Division.
The cabinet secretary said "The country has advanced much in the field of ICT...We are now at number 7th or 8th position in the world considering mobile phone usage and internet penetration," he said.
Alam said Bangladesh has accepted the Digital Bangladesh concept officially and has been working on it. To make it memorable, he said, a proposal was made in Monday’s meeting in this regard. The cabinet secretary said the Awami League formally declared the Digital Bangladesh concept in its election manifesto on December 12 in 2008. “That’s why, the government has fixed December 12 as the National ICT Day to make this day a memorable one.”
About the ICT day, state minister of ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak said, “Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on December 12 in 2008 announced the Vision 2021 for building Digital Bangladesh. The countrymen elected us to the state power by casting their valuable votes and gave us the opportunity to serve the nation.”
“After the formation of the government, we’ve implemented Digital Bangladesh, which is very much appreciated by all at home and abroad. The people are now enjoying the benefits of Digital Bangladesh. Thus, Monday’s approval for the celebration of the day on December 12 every year helps us move one step forwards to implement Digital Bangladesh.”