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Regional WSIS Stocktaking Report 2016-2018, Asia and Pacific

ICT Projects and WSIS Action Line Related Activities in Asia and Pacific

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Following the publication of the WSIS Regional Stocktaking series for the period 2014-2016 and its popular reception within the WSIS community, we have prepared new edition of the WSIS Regional Stocktaking with the special focus on how ICTs are helping advance the Sustainable Development Goals on the ground. Our objective is to have a customized reporting by region (based on six ITU regions distribution) that will be considered as a strong reference point to good ICT practices implemented by the different stakeholders (government, private sector, civil society, academia, international organizations, others), generating social impact, partnerships, replicable examples, and advance the achievement of the SDGs.

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Information and communication infrastructure

In Bangladesh, the national Government created the Info-Sarker project. The project consists of three phases, with the aim of extension of the government ICT network to the lowest tier of administration and root-level citizens. Under phases I and II of this project, a high-speed Internet backbone network with high-capacity bandwidth using Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing technology has been established in all ministries, government directorates/departments, all 64 districts and 488 Upazilas (subdistricts) and 18 130 government offices, and 25 000 tabs have been distributed to government officials for enhancing use of ICT in public sector. The central secretariat is under Wi-Fi connection, 600 police offices are under VNP connectivity, and 800 videoconferencing systems and one disaster recovery centre have also been established. Phase III is aimed at expanding the existing backbone network through 20 000 km of optical fibre cable to 2 600 rural administrative units (Union) and 1 600 police offices by June 2018. At least 60 per cent of the population will directly benefit from this project. The project is expected to increase the fixed broadband connectivity from the existing 5 per cent of households to more than 15 per cent of households and is expected to contribute a 1 per cent increase to gross domestic product. This project is developed in partnership with the China Railway International Group and it is relevant to the advancement of SDGs 8, 9 and 10.

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