ECNEC approves Tk 5,883.74cr digital connectivity project

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The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) today approved a Taka 5,883.74 crore big project to establish broadband internet connectivity all over the country.

The broadband internet connectivity will be set up across all the 8 divisions, 64 districts, all upazilas, all unions and even up to village-level to reach the government services easily and speedily to the people.

The approval came from the 6th ECNEC meeting held today with the ECNEC Chairperson and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.

The Premier joined the meeting virtually from her official Ganabhaban
residence while Ministers, State Ministers, Planning Commission members and secretaries concerned attended it from the NEC Conference Room in the city’s Sher-e-Bangla Nagar area.

Briefing reporters after the meeting, Planning Minister MA Mannan said
that a total of 10 projects were approved today involving an overall estimated cost of Taka 29,344.27 crore.

“Of the total project cost, Taka 11,003.30 crore will come from the government of Bangladesh portion while Taka 18,932.04 crore as project assistance,” he said. Of the approved 10 projects, seven are new while three are revised projects.

The planning minister said the Department of Information and Communication Technology under the ICT Division would implement the project titled “Establishing Digital Connectivity” involving an overall estimated cost of Taka 5,883.74 crore by June 2025.

Of the total project cost, Taka 2,505.16 crore will come from the Bangladesh government while the rest of Taka 3,378.58 crore as project assistance from China.