The Government of Bangladesh (GoB) recognizes the need to leverage information and communication technologies (ICT) to achieve its ambitious Vision 2021 and Vision 2041 and underscores capacity, digital services, and outsourcing as priority areas. The Government has been undertaking significant actions under its Digital Bangladesh program to create a ‘knowledge economy’, which includes strategic pillars that covered Digital Government, ICT in Business, Connecting Citizens, and Human Resource Development.
The government launched its 7th Five Year Plan (2016–2020) that aims to develop strategies, policies and institutions that will allow Bangladesh to further accelerate job creation and reduce poverty as well as comply with new commitments to meet Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) targets. The GoB recognizes the need to be holistic in its approach to leveraging ICT. This was reflected especially in the Digital Bangladesh strategy, and a number of key policy and legal instruments that were approved in support of Digital Bangladesh, including ICT Policy 2018, ICT Act, Right to Information Act 2009, Digital Security Act 2018, Public Email Policy 2018 and National Digital Commerce Policy 2018.
Leveraging ICT for Employment and Growth of the IT-ITES Industry is a project of Bangladesh Computer Council (BCC) under the Ministry of Posts, Telecommunication and Information Technology. The project has been designed aiming to develop a vibrant Information Technology (IT) and Information Technology-enabled Services (ITES) industry by identifying the strategies, programs and investment needed for the country to leverage ICT for economic growth and competitiveness. The project has following three components: