Bangladesh joins Int’l Alliance to reduce the cost of Internet access

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Bangladesh has become the latest country to join the Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) the world’s broadest technology sector coalition dedicated to reducing the cost of internet access. On 24th July 2017, Access to Information (a2i) Programme of  Prime Minister’s Office, signed a formal Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to signify the start of a three-year collaboration between the Alliance and the Government of Bangladesh. Hon’ble State Minister for Post and Telecommunications Begum Tarana Halim, MP was present as the chief guest at the MoU signing ceremony. Director General (Administration) of Prime Minister’s Office and Project Director of a2i Programme, Kabir Bin Anwar and Executive Director of A4AI and Sonia Jorge, Executive Director of A4AI signed the agreement on behalf of their respective offices. Md Arfe Elahi, IT Manager, a2i, Prime Minister’s Office moderated the session. A4AI is a global coalition of 80 member’s from the private, public and non-profit sectors, including: Development partners, UN Women, Google, GSMA, and the Internet Society committed to using policy and regulatory reform to lowering the cost of internet access. A4AI is working from 2013 with seven countries Myanmar, Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, Mozambique, the Dominican Republic, and Guatemala. Bangladesh is the second country in Asia, after Myanmar, to join A4AI.

Event Venue:

Karabi Hall, Prime Minister’s Office, Dhaka

Event Date:

24 July, 2017

Guests:
  • Begum Tarana Halim, MP,  Hon’ble State Minister for Post and Telecommunications
  • Kabir Bin Anwar, Director General (Administration) of Prime Minister’s Office and Project Director of a2i Programme,
  • Sonia Jorge, Executive Director of Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI)
  • Anir Chowdhury, Policy Advisor of a2i Programme
2017-07-24
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