ICTs and Productivity for Socio-economic Growth


  • S M Ferdous Deputy Secretary, Economic Relations Division, Ministry of Finance, Bangladesh
  • Mohammad Elius Hossain Deputy Secretary, Cabinet Division


ICTs, e-service, productivity-function, socio-economic, growth, infrastructure


Government of Bangladesh has set the mission of “Digital Bangladesh” with the philosophy of effective and
constructive utilization of modern information communication technologies in policy formulation and in development
programmes implementation activities with various dimensions. “Digital Bangladesh” significantly includes all
classes of people and does not differentiate people in terms of technology. Moreover, the mission poses a vision of an
efficient, transparent and accountable state by transforming the people into knowledge based society, to establish a
pro-poor people driven effective government is also the dream of Bangladesh for ultimate socio-economic
development of the people.
In this respect, all the world leaders and UN organization come to an end discussion that the ICTs sector such as ICT
industries and ICTs orientated service sectors can be the most significant actor to reduce poverty from the world.
These sectors have the potentiality to create a new field of the job market both direct and indirect income generation.
This innovative job market will change the livelihood approach of the poor in the developing countries. Moreover, the
use of ICTs as a tool for intervening e-services throughout the government and private sectors can change the
scenario of total facts of the service delivery to the people and the innovative reforms in the policy formulation and
implementation states. These acts of ICTs can enhance the socio-economic development of the poor.
ICTs and e-service2 must be not the principal mechanism rather can be the catalyst or an enabler to the sustainable
socio-economic development. The foremost concerns in this framework are policy reform, infrastructure development
and capacity and capability enhancement of the government and the citizen as well for perfect openness, effective
accessibility, steadiness, and affordability in the field of service delivery