On 12 April, 2017 Access to Information (A2I) program and Bangladesh Press Institute (PIB) jointly organized a view-exchanging meeting with senior Journalist on the ‘Progress of Digital Bangladesh’ at the conference room of PIB, presided over by Golam Sarwar, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of PIB and editor of Daily Somokal. Kabir Bin Anwar, Director General (Administration) of Prime Minister’s Office and Project Director of a2i programme and Md. Manzurur Rahman, Additional Secretary (Administration) of the Ministry of Information were present as a special guest.

Golam Sarwar, stated that ‘’a2i programme of Prime minister’s office has been playing a silent role to attain the goal of ‘’Digital Bangladesh’’. The country is moving forward through simplification and digitalization of services. The media must play a vital role to enhance the involvement of people’s with information and technology and increasing their participation in different activities undertaken by a2i programme.

Md. Shah Alamgir, Director General of Bangladesh Press Institute (PIB) address welcome speech in this event and stated that ‘‘the field of journalism ‘’works for Digitization’ is continuing through the a2I program, as well as in other sectors. Besides, providing training to the journalist on digital Bangladesh, and taking initiative’s to provide training to journalists through e-learning’’.

Kabir Bin Anwar, Director General (Administration) of Prime Minister’s Office and Project Director of a2i programme stated ‘’that the activities of a2i Programme are spreading everywhere including the sector of agriculture, education, health, information and land ministry. In addition to creating transparency, accountability in the different sectors of the government as well as creating opportunities for the public for getting services within short time, and low cost’’.

Md. Manzurur Rahman, Additional Secretary (Administration) of the Ministry of Information stated, ‘’to implement the goal Vision-2021 a2i is working continually. Having the necessity of a good number of media campaigns to engage more people with these initiatives taken by a2i’’.

Monjurul Ahsan Bulbul, chairperson of Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists and Chief Executive Officer of Ekushey Television stated that, ‘’there is no scope to step back from the advancement that we are witnessing in the progress of digital Bangladesh. The vision of Honorable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has shaped our dream of Digital Bangladesh in reality’’. Saiful Alam, Acting Editor of the daily Jugantor stated that ‘’the changes happening in the field of information technology in the past seven-eight years is a historic event for Bangladesh. It is need to engage sixteen (16) million people of the country in this program’’. Considering the importance of women involvement in the IT sector, Nasimun Ara Haque Minu, president of Nari Sangbadik Kendra said, ‘’women will have to move forward in equal proportion In the IT sector, as much as the participation of women can be guaranteed, development will be ensure for us’’.

Rahat Khan, chairman of  Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS), Abul Kalam Azad, Managing Director and Chief Editor of (BSS); Shafiqur Rahman, President of  National Press Club; Shyamal Dutta, Editor of Daily Bhorer Editor, Khandaker Muniruzzaman, Editor (Acting) of Daily Sangbad, J.E Mamun, CEO of ATN Bangla; Sukanto Gupta  Alok Acting Editor of Desh TV, Naimul Islam Khan editor of  Amader Orthonity; Sohrab Hasan, Joint editor of Prothom Alo; Anir Chowdhury, Policy Advisor of a2i Programme and  Naimuzzaman Mukta, people’s perspective Specialist of a2i Programme  were present at this meeting.

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