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State Minister for Information and Communication Technology Junaid Ahmed Palak said the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is formulating the 'Digital Strategy 2022-25', which will further strengthen the culture of innovation and boost the digital transformation of Bangladesh, reports BSS.

The state minister made the remark at a meeting with Robert Opp, chief digital officer (CDO) of the UNDP, and Yolanda Jinxin Ma, head of digital policy and global partnerships of UNDP, at the UNDP headquarters in New York on Friday, said a press release.

Palak said, "UNDP's long-term support to the A2I programme, Partnerships for a Tolerant and Inclusive Bangladesh (PTIB), the Human Rights Programme (HRP), and Youth Co:Lab in building a digital society in different government levels has been widely appreciated."

With the implementation of the 'Digital Strategy 2022-25', Bangladesh will not only be able to get a boost in its digital transformation but also build a strong technological network with other countries in the Asia-Pacific region, he added.

During the meeting, the UNDP officials presented an action plan on the implementation of the strategy.

It was also decided at the meeting that 'Agency to Innovate' and 'Digital Leadership Academy' would be formed jointly by the UNDP, ICT Department, Bangladesh Computer Council and Bangladesh Hi-Tech Park Authority.

At the same time, the meeting agreed to work together in developing digital standards, guidelines, policies and laws for building a digital Bangladesh, based on the success of A2I.

The meeting was told that the ICT division and UNDP will work to strengthen the South-South cooperation between Bangladesh and other developing countries, regarding issues like e-governance and economy.

Prior to that, the state minister held a meeting with Claire Van der Vaeren, chief, Southeast Asia and the Pacific, at UNDP.

During the meeting, it was stated that 'UNDP-Bangladesh Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Global Cyber Security Awareness Award' will be introduced next year in the least developed countries with a view to making the cyber world safe.

Private Sector Partnership Specialist of UNDP Bangladesh Jyotish Talukder, special sector partnership specialist Debashis Roy and A2I policy advisor Anir Chowdhury were present at the meeting.

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