Buying rail tickets, receiving medical advice or paying utility bills and what not through a normal mobile phone from home are possible now even in Bangladesh. All the contents of the tailor-made services will be showcased in the Digital Innovation Fair-2010 beginning in the city tomorrow.
The three-day fair, first of its kind in the country, will also exhibit how the use of internet and other digital technologies can ease people’s lives.
The fair has been organised in a bid to popularise the government’s vision to build a Digital Bangladesh.
It aims to provide extensive government services to the citizen’s doorsteps, make them aware of the extensive e-services, encourage and promote the current best practices in public service delivery, share and replicate these practices across the government organisations and set a tone of healthy competition among the government ministries and agencies.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the fair at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Novo Theatre. Science and ICT ministry and UNDP-funded project ‘Access to Information’ of the prime ministers’ office are jointly organising the fair.
A total of 112 agencies from all ministries and divisions and six private organisations and different media houses are participating in the fair while 85 ICT-enabled services (with direct benefits to citizens), 33 internal automations (with indirect benefits to citizens), 69 informative websites and 14 interactive websites will be showcased at the fair.
LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Syed Ashraful Islam, Bangladesh Bank Governor Dr Atiur Rahman, advisers HT Imam and Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury, State Minister for Science and ICT Yeafesh Osman, Planning Minister AK Khandaker and Executive Chairman of the Board of Investment Dr SA Samad will be present at different seminars.
Four innovations, three of government and one of private, would be given awards in a bid to encourage the digital innovations.