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    eASiA 2011, Dhaka, Bangladesh, December 1-3, 2011

    eAsia 2011, with the slogan Realizing Digital Nation, is the annual international Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for development event with the objective of reinforcing technology and knowledge-centric growth and needs of Asia vis-à-vis Bangladesh, through capitalisation of market economy and boosting human development. This event commemorates the 40th birth anniversary of Bangladesh and celebrates the progress of Digital Bangladesh agenda of the government. Digital Bangladesh by 2021 vision is a 21st-century globalized-world form of a vision of equitable prosperity portrayed by the founding father of the nation 40 years ago. Since then, Bangladesh has made significant progress in human development index and ranks third in the world.

    Digital Bangladesh vision proposes to mainstream ICTs as a pro-poor tool to eradicate poverty, establish good governance, ensure social equity through quality education, healthcare and law enforcement for all, and prepare the citizens for climate change. This is the first time in the history of Bangladesh that the vision of poverty reduction and human development by utilizing ICTs was backed by strong political will from the very top and enthusiastic support from common citizens at the bottom.

    The conference will provide a unique opportunity for all stakeholders for nation building to come closer and share a level-playing ground through active conferencing and networking. Spanning over three days, the event will comprise unique thematically inter-related conferences in line with the four key themes of Digital Bangladesh vision: Building Capacity, Connecting People, Serving Citizens and Driving Economy. Indeed, these are the four key ingredients to building a Digital Nation.

    The 5th annual eAsia 2011 conference and exhibition will take place in Dhaka, Bangladesh on December 1-3, 2011. The event will be inaugurated by Sheikh Hasina, Hon’ble Prime Minister of the Government of the Peoples’ Republic of Bangladesh, and co-organized by Centre for Science, Development and Media Studies (CSDMS), India and Bangladesh Computer Council, ICT Division, Ministry of Science and ICT, Bangladesh and supported by the Access to Information (A2I) Programme, Prime Minister’s Office, Bangladesh, Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS), Bangladesh Computer Samity (BCS), Internet Service Providers Association of Bangladesh (ISPAB), Association of Mobile Telecommunication Operators of Bangladesh (AMTOB) and Bangladesh Association of Call Centre & Outsourcing (BACCO).

    The conference will consist of a number of plenary and technical sessions, focused workshops, seminars, discussion round tables, debates and a full-fledged exhibition, providing excellent opportunity for showcasing projects, programmes and initiatives of government and private sector agencies/corporations, as also for demonstrating innovative ICT products, solutions and applications for various domains covered under the scope of the event. The speakers and attendees will include policy-makers, senior government officials, industry leaders, international development agencies, civil society, academia, and investors. eASIA 2011 will thus be a unique networking and learning opportunity for one and all.
    The five themes of the eAsia 2011 conference are:

    Building capacity is about developing the nation’s capacity to build a Digital Nation with a particular focus on the education system of the country.

    Connecting people is about ensuring that all citizens of the country have access to information and services at their doorsteps through some ICT channel or nearby common access outlet.

    Serving citizens is about proliferation of e-services from all service providers with due attention to making sure the services reduce time, cost and hassle for citizens and increase efficiency, responsiveness and transparency of the government.

    Driving economy is about utilizing the power of ICTs to boost the private sector, particularly the micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) which are the engine for growth in a developing nation, and a special focus on establishing the software and ITES industry for the global economy.

    Breaking barriers is about utilizing ICTs to transcend the barriers of time, space, hierarchy, language and compartmentalization to enable a nation to leapfrog.


    The five themes of the eAsia 2011 conference are:

 

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