YEAR 2001- 2005 ACTION PLAN
A. Ministry of Information
Technology (MOIT) will be created with the prime responsibility of assisting socio-cultural-economic
development of Bangladesh through the use of Information Technology.
B. The Ministry, headed by a
full Cabinet Minister, will have the following IT related functional
Human Resource Development
C. The Minister of
Information Technology shall be appointed from amongst private sector
professionals having proven track record of positive contributions in the
field of Information Technology, as well as high standard of managerial
capabilities and ethical standard.
D. National Council of
Information Technology (NCIT) will be created as the field organization of
MOIT to implement the decisions of the MOIT, as well as to act as the
liaison between the IT Industry and the Government.
E. Export Promotion Bureau (EPB)
will create an IT Cell, similar to the Textile Cell, to coordinate the
activities of exports of IT products and services.
F. The compensation package of the technical staff appointed on Government
payroll for allAn Institute of Information Technology, in
line with Institute of Business Administration, with collaboration from one
of the renowned Universities of the United States of America (say, Stanford,
Berkley, Carnegie-Mellon, Yale, MIT etc.) will be set up. This Institute
will have the capacity to produce 1,000 IT Professionals in the first year
Capacity of IT related Departments of all
existing Public Universities and Institutes will be increased so as to admit at
least 1,000 Students from the 2002-2003 academic session.
Shortages of IT teachers in the interim period
will be made up by hiring appropriate faculty members from overseas. NRBs
shall be preferred.
IT Related Distance Education Scheme of the
Bangladesh Open University will be expanded through the use of TV and
Internet. Private TV Channels should be encouraged to start IT Education
Syllabus and Course Curricula of IT related
program of all the Universities and Institutes shall be reviewed and revised
every two years in consultation with the IT Industry and NCIT, to keep up
with the latest development.
All private IT Education and Training
Institutions will have to be accredited with NCIT which will devise standard
testing and certification methods for these Institutes. Such methodologies
shall be reviewed and revised every two year.
All employees in Government Payroll shall
undergo Computer Literacy Program, the result of which shall form part of
the employees' Annual Confidential Report, and impact the career
Nationalized Commercial Banks (NCB) will be
required to sanction loans to students, teachers and educational
institutions for purchase of Computers and Peripherals, at 5 % simple rate
of interest repayable in 36 equal installments.
NCBs will extend financial assistance to any
individual undertaking appropriate IT education & training, at 5% simple
rate of interest payable in 36 installments with a moratorium of one year
after the completion of
IT jobs will be in line
with the local market.
2. HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT
Local IT Education and Training Institutes
will enjoy Tax Holiday for 5 years.
English Language is should be enriched for IT
- Private Sector will be allowed to create
Broadband Telecommunication Backbone within the country, as well as High
Speed International Gateway.
- BTTB will develop national access platform
for more efficient Internet use.
- Internet Exchange will be set up for
national inter-connectivity amongst ISPs.
- All Analog Telephone Exchange will be
converted to Digital.
- Internet Access cost will be brought down to
Taka 0.20 per minute.
- A Software Technology Center (STC) will be
created immediately within Dhaka city in a rented building which will be
fully equipped with internal Fiber Optic Cabling, High Speed Internet
Gateway & all other necessary facilities. Local and NRB entrepreneurs
may be able to rent the office space at a concessional rate, for
development of Software and IT Services.
4. IT INDUSTRY
1 % of the Gross Domestic Product will be
spent every year on migration of manual work to computerization in
Government, Semi-Government, Autonomous Bodies and Sector Corporations.
Each Ministry will have a Budgetary Allocation
for computerization of its activities each year.
Import of Foreign Applications Software, in
areas where local expertise exist or can be developed, shall be discouraged.
Local Application Software will get a 15 %
price preference over equivalent foreign products. The experience
requirement will be relaxed for local Application Software and Developer.
Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) will set up
Marketing Offices for helping the domestic IT Industry in entering into
export market. Such Marketing Offices will be operated by IT Marketing
Professionals from the private Sector, and be accountable for achieving
quantifiable targets. Initially two such Offices will be set up; one in the
U.S.A. and the other in the U.K.
EPB will support local IT industry for
participation in regional and international Trade fairs.
Every Government Ministry will have its own
interactive Web site before the end of June 2002.
Pilot projects in at least two Government
procurements, including tender documents, tender submission, technical
evaluation, financial offer, contract award etc. will be processed through
the Web Sites. This will ensure transparency and accountability.
To encourage use of IT in the private sector
100% depreciation should be allowed (Hardware, Software etc.).
A financial evaluation of IT projects by the
financial Institutions should be done considering the unique nature of the
Industry. Human Resources, product & marketing development expenditures
for at least two years will be considered.
Employee stock option plan (ESOP) will be
incorporated in the relevant taxation and company Laws with a view to
retaining IT professionals in the country.
Relevant Rules and Regulations of Banking Acts
will be amended to accommodate payment through Credit/Debit Cards, for both
domestic and international E-Commerce.
Appropriate Cyber Laws will be enacted for all
aspects of IT activities including protection of Data Security &
Interoperability through Encryption and standards, as well as regulating
undesirable text, data and image traffic.
Existing Labor and Manpower Laws and
Regulations will not be applicable for IT professionals for overseas
All individuals, firms and companies
interested to offer consulting services for computerization, shall be
encouraged to register with NCIT.
Independent Consultants must not have any
financial relationship with any IT Vendor.
Appointment of foreign Consultants for GOB
funded projects will be discouraged in cases where local expertise are
- Non-Resident Bangladeshis (NRBs) will be
encouraged to start IT related activities in Bangladesh.
- If any NGO intends to do business in IT field,
that organization must register itself under Company Act, and comply with
Taxation & other relevant Rules and Regulations as applicable to other
- As the volume of work increases, additional
manpower and physical facilities will be provided to MOIT and NCIT.
- MOIT, though a Government Ministry, will act
as a World class professional IT organization.
2. HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT
- The Institute of Information Technology will
be expanded and its capacity increased to produce 5,000 Graduates per year.
- The capacity of IT related Departments of all
Public Universities and Institutes will be increased, as shown below:
4,000 students per session
6,000 students per session
- Foreign Faculty Members will be phased out by
the year 2004-2005. However, some teachers will be retained for imparting
knowledge only in the fields of new and emerging technologies.
- Computer Literacy' Course will be made a
compulsory subject for Higher Secondary Certificate Examination.
- New recruitment in any Government,
Semi-Government, Autonomous Bodies and Sector Corporations will be
restricted to Computer Literate candidates only.
3. INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT
- Tele-density will be increased from the
existing 5/1000 to 50/1000, in phases, with investment from both Public and
- All Schools, Colleges, Universities and other
Educational Institutions will be connected to the Internet, free of charge,
and students will have free access to the same.
- Two Software Technology Villages (STV) will be
created, one around Dhaka City and another in other suitable area of the
country, with facilities such as Fiber Optic Communication Cabling, High
Speed Internet Gateway, with all other modern facilities. Office space will
be leased to the IT entrepreneurs at a concessional rent, for development of
Software and IT Services.
- Cyber Kiosks will be established in every
villages to allow access to information by the citizens and to facilitate
- E-mail facilities will be introduced in all
post offices throughout the country in order to provide e-post services to
the people including the remote villagers.
4. IT INDUSTRY
- All Government, Semi Government, Autonomous
Bodies, Sector Corporations, Commercial Banks, Insurance Companies, Leasing
Companies must switch over to computerized operation in replacement of
manual system by 2005.
- Use of Electronic Cash Register for sale of
all items under VAT, will be made compulsory from July 2003.
- Domestic IT Industry will have an Export
Target of US $ 2 (Two) Billions by June 2005.
- EPB will open additional Marketing Offices in
Germany, Japan and Australia.
- Manufacturing facilities for Computer Hardware
such as Key Board, Mother Board, Hard Disk Drive, Modem, I/O Cards etc. will
be created within the country, preferably in collaboration with
internationally renowned manufacturers.
- Bangladesh will be represented in Unicode
- Unicode Standard 3.0, released in September
1999, classifies Bangla as an Indian Script. This will be corrected to show
'Bangla' as a Bangladesh Script.
- National Standards for Unicode compliant
Bangla Key Board and Font will be developed.
6. INDEPENDENT CONSULTANTS
- Computerization of Government,
Semi-Government, Autonomous Bodies and Sector Corporations will be arranged
under the supervision of a number of Consultants, one each from another
Government Department, NCIT and Independent Consultants.
- Independent Consultants will form into a forum
to exchange information and knowledge on a continuous basis.