4-6 March 2010 Digital Bangladesh: Digital public Innovation Fair

In order to make the government policy, administration and service delivery more efficient, effective, transparent and accountable ,Information and communication technologies have proven to play an increasingly prominent role not only in developed parts of the world but also in developing countries. ICTs such as mobile phones, TV, radio in addition to computers and internet have been able to reach traditionally excluded communities, and allow a much larger participation in national decision making than had hitherto been possible. The Fair will take place during 4-6 March 2010.
The vision Of “Digital Bangladesh” is unique as it proposes ICTs as a pro-poor tool. In regard to this vision.
Access to Information Programme is an e-governance umbrella initiative which plans and coordinates the ongoing and future activities across various ministries and agencies of the government to utilize ICTs as a tool to make government services hassle-free,faster,cheaper, more inclusive and at citizens doorsteps.
The ‘DIGITAL PUBLIC INNOVATION FAIR-2010’ is a step towards providing extensive citizen services to citizen . Through this fair citizens will be aware of the extensive e-services at their doorsteps. Also, citizens will be benefited in terms of reduced transaction time.
Some examples from Bangladesh demonstrate the vast potential:
Publishing SSC/HSC results through SMS, electricity bill payment through mobile phone, one-stop passport delivery, downloadable government forms have reduced cost and time for the government and citizens
Automation of primary teacher recruitment process has increased transparency; automation has enabled the Ministry of Religious Affairs to handle over 50,000 hajjis with ease where it had great difficulty in handling 5,000 hajjis earlier.
The Voter/Citizen’s ID card is generating a comprehensive database of citizens that can be used for birth and death registration, marriage registration, school enrolment, vaccination, social safety net programmes, and many others
In its work for the last year or so, the Access to Information Programme of the Prime Minister’s Office has found that sharing success stories of service delivery innovations that are taking place in different organs of the government encourages the innovators and spurs further innovation in others. With this view in mind, an Digital Public Innovation Fair 2010 is being designed to showcase the best practices in public service delivery in a 3-day event open to government officials from around the country.
The objectives of the event are:
To encourage and promote the current best practices in public service delivery
To share and replicate these best practices across government organizations
To set a tone of healthy competition amongst the GoB ministries and agencies
Government participants will benefit from learning about best practices in this respective field of service delivery and administration. Industry participants will benefit from showcasing their most innovation solutions.
For more info: http://www.digitalinnovationfair.info/