Bangladesh has moved nine notches up to rank 115th in 2018 among 193 countries in the global e-government index of the United Nations.
The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs on Friday released the E-Government Survey-2018 that also showed that Bangladesh also ranked top among the least developed countries in the index.
Bangladesh had ranked 124th in 2016 when it made a quantum leap in the ranking with 24 steps advancement from 148th position in 2014 and 150th in 2012.
According to the latest survey, Bangladesh scored 0.4862 in the e-government development index (EGDI).
Bangladesh did better in online service index (OSI) scoring 0.7847 but it scored lower in telecommunication infrastructure index (TII) with 0.1976 and in human capital index (HCI) with 0.4763.
Bangladesh is a notable example of a country with a very high-OSI but a much lower EGDI score, placing the country in the middle-EGDI level group, said the biennial survey.
The EGDI score for Bangladesh was pulled down by low levels of development in TTI and HCI, it said.
According to the survey, Bangladesh remained behind Sri Lanka (94), India (96) and Maldives (97) in the region while Nepal (117), Bhutan (126), Pakistan (148) Myanmar (157) and Afghanistan (177) stayed after Bangladesh.
Posts, telecommunications and information technology minister Mustafa Jabbar on Sunday published the report at a press conference held at the ICT Tower at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar in Dhaka.
He said that Bangladesh had been digitizing its activities fast.
Though the country advanced in the index, its success in digitization was not properly reflected in the survey, he said.
At the briefing, the minister said Bangladesh set targets to reach top-80 countries by 2021, top-50 in 2030 and top-20 by 2041.
Denmark secured the top position with the rating of 0.9150 in EGDI followed by Australia and South Korea.
State minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak said the government had already digitised 40 per cent of its services and another 50 to 70 services would be brought under e-service platform by this December.
ICT division secretary Zuena Aziz, Access to Information Programme (a2i) senior policy fellow Anir Chowdhury and project director Md Mustafizur Rahman spoke, among others, at the briefing.
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