DHAKA, May 19, 2019 (BSS) – Country’s top bureaucrats today called upon all government organizations to integrate their online services with the Bangladesh National Digital Architecture (BNDA) developed by the government to ensure hassle-free quick services to the citizens.

“Develop unified software following the standard and guidelines to be provided by the Bangladesh National Digital Architecture (BNDA) to make interoperable of government digital information and data and integrate services in the platform to provide hassle-free quick services to the citizens,” they urged the government organisations while addressing a seminar here.

ICT Division and LICT Project of Bangladesh Computer Council (BCC) organised the seminar on ‘Bangladesh National Digital Architecture’ developed by LICT project of BCC at CIRDAP auditorium, said a media release.

With ICT Secretary N M Ziaul Alam in the chair, Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam spoke on the occasion as the chief guest. Executive Director of BCC Parthapratim Deb and secretaries, additional secretaries and joint secretaries of different ministries also spoke.

Director of National Data Center Tarique M Barkatullah made a power-point presentation on BNDA while Chief Architect of Open Group and President of Association of Enterprise Architects (India) Dr. Pallab Saha readout the key-note paper on ‘Sustainable Development with Enterprise Architecture: Propelling Digital Transformation in Governments’.

Cabinet Secretary Shafiul Alam said different government organizations have already developed software in an isolated way to digitalize their information and data which are not interoperable for use by other organisations causing huge monetary involvement to prepare same information and data.

He urged all government organisations to follow the standard and guidelines to be available soon in the BNDA platform to develop software on digital activities including digitalized information and data and integrate those with the BNDA for using by other organisations as well citizens of the country.

Developing software following the standard and guidelines of BNDA would not only make interoperable of information and data but also avoid duplication of preparing same information and data as well as save huge money, Shafiul said.

ICT Secretary N M Ziaul Alam said the ICT Division has already formulated guideline and standard to develop software and the draft Act on use of BNDA has been prepared.

He called upon different government organizations to test their software in the Software Testing Lab set up at the Bangladesh Computer Council so that other organizations and citizens could use the software driven information and data.

While presenting power-point on BNDA, Director Tarique Barkatullah said that Bangladesh’s e-Government Development Index will go up from the present 115 if the government organizations integrate their services in BNDA.

The BCC has been awarded Open Group President Award 2018 in innovation and Excellence category and UN’s WSIS Winner Award in enabling and Environment category for developing BNDA, he said.