a2i, USAID launch 6 digital centres in Gazipur, Khulna

Publish: 1:55 PM, August 17, 2018 | Update: 1:55:PM, August 17, 2018

DHAKA – Access to Information (a2i) in collaboration with USAID launched six digital centres in Gazipur and Khulna for providing easy and quick services to the garment and fisheries industries workers at minimum cost.

Deputy Commissioner of Gazipur Dr Dewan Muhammad Humayun Kabir inaugurated a digital centre today at WCC under Uttor Dattopara at Tongi as part as of launching the operations of these six digital centres.

Out of these six centres, fives are located at the RMG-industry prone areas of Tongi, Konabari, Boardbazar, Kashimpur and Vogra under Gazipur district while the another digital centre has been set up at Rupsha under Khulna district.

These five centres in Gazipur district will provide services to the garment workers while the another centre in Khulna will serve to the people who are related to fisheries industries.

The beneficiaries of these services will be able to buy and sell over five lakh products through rural e-commerce ‘ekshop’ side by side enjoying financial inclusion service and agent banking.

An individual entrepreneur in every centre will provide the services and these entrepreneurs have already been imparted training by the a2i about the services. The digital service centres will remain open every day from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm.

Speaking through video conference from Dhaka, Anir Chaudhury, Policy Adviser of a2i, highlighted different aspects of these digital centres.

Director of USAID Tom Pope and Country Programme Director of USAID Solidarity Centre Christopher Johnson were present on the occasion.

Digital centres are being established across the country as part of the government’s initiatives to materialize the Vision 2021. The Union Information and Service Centre commonly known as digital center was first launched at Chor Kukri Mukri on November 11, 2010 through video conferencing by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Global administrator of UNDP Helen Clark, who is also the former prime minister of New Zealand.