‘Digital Bangladesh’ slogan was added to the Awami League’s manifesto for the parliamentary elections in December 29, 2008. In 2020, it is no longer a political slogan, not a dream. Now Digital Bangladesh is in the Grip of the people.
Father of the Nation of Bangladesh Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s grandson and Present Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s son Sajib Wazed Joy was instrumental in adding the dream of ‘Digital Bangladesh’ to Sheikh Hasina’s election manifesto. He has been working silently for the last 12 years to realize this dream.
He spent his academic life with great difficulties. He has completed his study by taking loan, and then he got a job and repaid that loan. Due to lack of money he also had to stop his studying In the Mid way. His educational life was like that of a child from a middle class family. As a result, he realized educated jobless Persons actual problems.
So when he planned Digital Bangladesh, the issue of self-employment of youth through technology came to the forefront. As a result, there are ways to eliminate unemployment problems in the digital Bangladesh plan.
From 2000 to 2008, Bangladesh was a dark Locality. The country’s desperate young generation was getting involved in the militancy. Sajeeb Wazed Joy started building a “ digital Bangladesh ‘’After Awami League came to power in 2009. Young people immersed in darkness are gradually brought to technology. It opens the door to work for young people all over the world.
On November 17, 2014, Sajeeb Wazed Joy was appointed as the Advisor to the Prime Minister on Information and Communication Technology. He did not take any salary for this post.
After that, in a very short time Bangladesh has become strongly connected with the world of information technology. Now the younger generation can earn money from at home without taking themselves to the job market. Anyone can be entrepreneur. For this activities Bangladesh government is providing all the necessary support.
The most important accessory for freelancers is high speed internet at affordable prices. Under the directions of Sajib Wazed Joy, the price of broadband internet in Bangladesh started decreasing. By implementing that efficient plan now Bangladesh has been able to take a strong position in the world of freelancers.
To take the IT sector to a stronger position Hi-tech parks are being set up in the country. Young technologists are taking place and Meetings in these high-tech parks platforms. With Ultramodern facilities the country’s first digital university is being built in Gazipur.
Bangladesh has also created the world’s largest national web portal Where attached more than 25,000 websites. Thousands of technologists are working on this project.
Educated, skilled and technology-savvy young generation has become a major force for the implementing of sustainable development master plan of the government of Bangladesh.
Sajib Wazed Joy knows “data” is an important part in today’s world. Therefore, biometric SIM registration is done with the idea of digitally storing the data of every person in the country. The national identity card is done “smart”. The passport is done machine readable.
The data in so many projects is brought back to a central database. From now on the service providers can easily confirm the identity of anyone. As a result, law enforcement is now able to identify criminals much faster than before.
Sajeeb Wazed Joy is working on two future plans to take the country’s ICT sector forward and build a fully-fledged digital Bangladesh. One of them is to build a cashless society it means all transactions would be done digitally instead of cash. Another is to bring all government services online.
If it is possible to build a cashless society corruption will be reduced. Everyone’s money will have a ‘trace’. And government services need to be brought completely online. Sajib Wazed is working to ensure that people are not ‘in line’ (waiting) but ‘online’.
Besides, all the services of government offices are now being done online. Starting from the admission process of government and non-government organizations, all types of tenders are now going online.
By This time with the launch of Bangabandhu-1 satellite Bangladesh starts the journey of realizing the dream of entering the space. Bangladesh is now a member of elite clubs of 56 countries.