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Ministry blames regulator on Bangladesh missing in ICT index

Blogpost of LIRNEasia has evidently sensitized the media of Bangladesh on probing its absence in ITU’s latest ICT Development Index. It has prompted finger-pointing and passing the hot potato:

According to the telecommunications ministry, Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) is responsible for sending in the information to the UN body.

And as per a BTRC official, the data was sent to the UN body — but it did not meet the deadline.

Such bureaucratic hide-and-seek has, however, failed to impress the industry:

“Exclusion from the list would affect the promising outsourcing business of Bangladesh,” said Mahboob Zaman, a former president of Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services.

He said the developed countries’ businesses consider their outsourcing destinations after getting the ICT standard or ranking of developing countries.

Here is the full report.


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