Leveraging ICT for Growth, Employment and Governance is a project of Bangladesh Computer Council (BCC) under the Ministry of Posts, Telecommunication and Information Technology. The project has been launched in January 2013 aiming to develop a vibrant and healthy Information Technology (IT) and Information Technology-Enabled Services industry in five years by identifying the strategies, programs and investment needed for the country to leverage ICT for economic growth and competitiveness.
The primary objectives of the project are to catalyze the growth of Bangladesh’s IT/ITES industry for employment creation and export diversification. The project will also cater the need of public sector modernization through development of policies, guidelines, e-government interoperability framework (eGIF) and capacity development of the government people.
Some specific objectives of the projects are:
- to develop 34,000 skilled manpower for IT and ITES sector
- to expose local IT and ITES capabilities in to global market leading to improved global awareness and perception of Bangladesh for IT and ITES business
- to make available shared IT hosting and remote conferencing facilities for use by GOB agencies to policies, fix appropriate standards and guidelines for enterprise architecture and information security
BCC is the implementing agency of the project worth about Taka 572.48 crore. Of the total amount, the World Bank is providing $70 million US dollars and the rest by the Government of Bangladesh. The project is expected to be completed by 2018.