Video Message by H.E. Sheikh Hasina, Hon’ble Prime Minister of Bangladesh at the High-Level Virtual event “Digital Cooperation: Action Today for Future Generations” on 23 September 2020

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the strength of digital services and also exposed the stark digital divide. Around half of the world’s population do not have access to basic internet. We must close this gap.

In Bangladesh, we envisioned a “Digital Bangladesh” by 2021. Bangladesh has witnessed a boom in internet due to the government’s push for digitalization. The total number of internet users stood at 103.48 million. Our digitalization has afforded our people huge opportunities to become change-makers.

Our focus on digital connectivity has facilitated economic development and catalyzed social changes, including women’s empowerment. It is helping SDGs implementation and fight against COVID-19. As we set to transform Bangladesh into an advanced economy by 2041, we wish to place our younger generation at the center of this transformative journey.

Keeping this in mind, I would like to make the following pledge:

Establish digital academy and centre of excellence in every secondary school of the country by 2030 considering emerging job markets led by the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

We look forward to a strong global partnership to achieve our common goals.

I thank you all.