Training program in ICT for development to be launched by UN in Bangladesh

Whether it is providing computer training for low-income women in India, or attracting growth and investment to small business in Russia through the Internet, Information Communication Technology (ICT) for development is a powerful poverty reduction tool.

A United Nations training program to help government officials and policymakers improve capacity building efforts and leverage ICT for national and regional socio-economic development will be launched in Bangladesh on 29 April.

Led by the Training Centre for Information and Communication Technology for Development (UN-APCICT) of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the Academy of ICT Essentials for Government Leaders (Academy) training program was first launched in 2008 and has since been adopted and rolled-out in 27 countries in Asia-Pacific and beyond. Academy modules are available in 12 languages, with plans for more translations underway.

The program is being launched in collaboration with the Bangladesh Computer Council in Dhaka Bangladesh. The launch ceremony will be officiated by the Minister and State Minister of the Ministry of Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology of Bangladesh and will be attended by more than 100 junior to mid-level officers from 64 districts and educators from leading public sector training institutions in Bangladesh.

Officers and trainers will also take part in a three-day workshop on the linkage between ICT applications and development, e-Government information security and privacy.

WHAT: Launch Ceremony of UN-APCICT's Academy of ICT Essentials for Government Leaders ICTD human capacity building programme in Bangladesh

WHEN: Tuesday, April 29th 2014 from 9:30 to 11:30am.

WHERE: Bangladesh Computer Council Headquarters; BCC Bhaban, Agargaon, Dhaka-1207, Bangladesh

WHO:

  • Minister, Ministry Posts, Telecom and IT
  • State Minister, ICT Division, Ministry Posts, Telecom and IT
  • 100 officers from 64 districts and educators from leading public sector training institutions in Bangladesh.