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Ecnec approved Tk1,516.91 crore project for ICT

The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) yesterday approved a Tk1,516.91 crore project to ensure maximum use of ICT in government activities.

The project, titled Establishment of Four-Tier National Data Centre, is also supposed to speed up information flow with safe and secure data when complete.

Once built, the data centre is expected to improve the hosting capacity of the government’s shared data centre, as well as turn all government work paperless.

The project was approved at 9th Ecnec meeting, chaired by Ecnec chairperson and prime minister Sheikh Hasina at the NEC conference room in the city’s Sher-e-Bangla Nagar.

The meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, approved a total of four development projects that will cost Tk2,474.95 crore, Tk1,089.54 crore of which will come from the national treasury, Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal said while briefing reporters after the meeting.

Of the estimated budget for the data centre project, Tk317.55 crore will come from government fund, and the rest will be funded by the Export-Import Bank of China as project assistance.

Bangladesh Computer Council (BCC), under the ICT Division, will implement the project which will be built on seven acres of land at Kaliakair Hi-Tech Park in Gazipur, to be completed by June 2018.

The capacity of the existing data centre is not sufficient against the demand of the ministries, banking and financial institutions, educational institutions and other government organisations, the planning minister said.

“In addition, there is a need for an exclusive high-security building to ensure the safety of the the data centre,” he added.

In order to computerise the government’s work process, the data centre will have coordinated information management system.

It will also improve service delivery system through continuous exchange of information between different government organisations.

The government plans to build three data centres under the project – data centre, data recovery centre and remote data centre – for fruitful implementation of the project.

The other three projects that was endorsed by Ecnec are: WFP-assisted “Enhancing Resilience to Disasters and the Effects of Climate Change” project worth Tk715.37 crore, re-excavation of Titas River (upper) in Brahmanbaria district worth Tk155.88 crore, and “Protecting Rajshahi Cadet College and Adjacent Important Structures from Padma River Erosion” worth Tk86.79