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Bangladesh plans new investments in National e-Governance framework

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The Bangladesh government has approved a project involving Tk 2.81 billion to bring all the departments, agencies and associated organisations run by the ministries under the e-governance system to introduce a state-of-the-art service delivery system.

The implementation of the project titled “Development of National ICT Infra-Network for Bangladesh Government (BanglaGovNet) will start within a month to connect all government entities under a single network. The approval came at a meeting of the cabinet committee on public purchase with Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury in the chair.

After the green signal from the cabinet committee on public purchase, South Korea-based SK C&C Company Ltd will be appointed as the consultant firm to start implementing the e-governance project.

The meeting also approved another four procurement proposals of different ministries and divisions involving another Tk 10.97 billion, Nurul Karim, additional secretary of the Cabinet Division, told reporters after the meeting.

The proposals include import of 200,000 tonnes urea fertiliser from China at a cost of Tk 7.43 billion, appointment of a consultant to build the new railway line between Ishardi and Pabna at a cost of Tk 1.55 billion, construction of the 20-storey DZP Tower in Dhaka Zilla Prashid premises at a cost of Tk 1.6 billion and appointment of a consultant for rehabilitation of water distribution network under Dhaka Water Supply Sector Development Project at a cost of Tk 197 million.

The government earlier initiated a five-year project (April 2010-June 2014) titled ‘Development of National ICT Infra-Network for Bangladesh Government (BanglaGovNet)’ to connect all the government entities under a single network.

Under the project, a central data centre (CDC) will be set up and be connected to offices of deputy commi-ssioners (DCs), Upazila Nirbahi Officers (UNOs) in all 64 districts.

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