Digital diplomacy a key to effective digital govts in CICA: Mahmood Ali

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Dhaka, Mar 4: Supporting the digital diplomacy, Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali on Friday sought a greater cooperation in digital technology sector among CICA member countries to implement more effective digital governments.

“We need to follow digital diplomacy among our CICA governments,” he said, addressing the inaugural session of a two-day international conference organized by Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) at Hotel Radisson Blue Hotel as the chief guest.

The CICA is a multi-national forum for enhancing cooperation towards promoting peace, security and stability in Asia.

“Many CICA member countries, supported by their high quality education, innovation and investments in research and development, are using advanced and state of the art digital technology,” Ali said.

“Many countries are still lagging behind in using technology. We need mutual cooperation to reduce the digital gaps and implement effective digital governments in Asia,” he added.

“We need cooperation to bring our policymakers, technology experts, academia, and digital industry leaders to work together and explore suitable solutions,” the foreign minister asserted.

Stressing the need for sharing resources, education, skills and knowledge and transfer technology to build sustainable digital governments in Asia,  we need the spirit of the CICA.

Highlighting the progress of digital system in Bangladesh, he said, “I feel proud that Bangladesh has also successfully adopted and implemented digital government as its mainframe to expedite public service delivery.”

He said the present government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, daughter of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, undertook a visionary programme, ‘Digital Bangladesh’, within the framework of her ‘Vision 2021’when she took over the helm of the nation for the second time in 2009.

“We’re now in the 2nd phase of implementation of Digital Bangladesh programme during her second consecutive term and third term as the Prime Minister of the country,” he said.

The Foreign Minister said they are blessed with a leader who has the gift of digital wisdom, aided by her able son, ICT Affairs Adviser to the Prime Minister and internationally acclaimed ICT expert, Sajeeb Wazed Joy.

State Minister for ICT Junaid Ahmed Palak, ICT Division Secretary Shyam Sunder Sikder, Dean of Diplomatic Corps Ambassador Mahmood Izzat, a member State of CICA and former President of BCC Sayed Ashraful Islam were also present.