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Realizing the Vision of Digital Bangladesh through e-Government

Bangladesh has made significant strides forward in the field of e-Government in the past decade, starting with somewhat scattered projects on infrastructure development and some applications for automation of internal processes, but gradually moving towards e-services delivery and inter-connected governance. From late 1990s till about 2006, the government undertook a number of e-Government projects, many of which were initiated from the Ministry of Planning. After 2006, a more consolidated approach to e-Government was undertaken with increased emphasis on citizen service delivery and transparency. The government’s ICT staff is also not very well prepared for large-scale transition to e-Government due to several factors, such as low salary and unattractive career path. The administrative structure needed for a coordinated approach to e- Government is also non-existent, with different entities responsible for different components.