Vol. 5 Num 594 Sun. January 29, 2006  

Large-scale ICT use to help eradicate poverty
Seminar told

Speakers at a seminar yesterday said large-scale adoption of information and communication technology (ICT) will help the country eliminate poverty and ensure good governance.

Joint efforts by the government, civil society and donors are also needed to make available the benefits of the ICT for all the sections of people, they said.

They were speaking at the seminar titled 'Access to Information for Development: Role of ICTs' in Dhaka. D.Net, a development research network, organised the seminar to mark its fifth founding anniversary.

Presided over by economist Hossain Zillur Rahman, the seminar was also attended by Shaheen Anam, team leader of Manusher Jonno, an NGO.

Programme Director of D.Net Mahmud Hasan presented a keynote paper at the seminar.

Earlier in the morning, D.Net Chairman Taufic Ahmed Choudhury inaugurated a two-day 'Development and ICT Fair' at Brac Centre Inn as part of the company's anniversary function.

Taufic Ahmed said the D.Net's objective is to make the benefits of ICT available to the poorer section of the society.

At the fair, D.Net is showcasing its ICT-related activities in the areas of agriculture, health, education, disaster management, rural employment and non-agricultural initiative. The fair, which is open to public, will end at 5pm today.

Mahmud Hasan said the ICT revolution has added a new dimension to the economic growth theories, governance, human rights, poverty and other development issues.

He said the ICT has brought unprecedented opportunities for improving governance, economic growth and cutting poverty.

Prof Rehman Sobhan, chairman of Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), visits a stall at a two-day 'Development and ICT Fair' that began at Brac Centre Inn in Dhaka yesterday. Ananya Raihan, executive director of D.Net, a development research network and organiser of the show, among others, is seen. PHOTO: STAR