Sajeeb Wazed Joy, ICT Affairs Advisor to the PM speaking at the launch of new digital platforms of the government at ICT Tower
Dhaka : Three digital one-stop platforms Eksheba, Ekpay and Ekshop allowing people to get different government services and pay utility bills and fees were launched by Sajeeb Wazed Joy, ICT Affairs Advisor to the Prime Minister at a ceremony organised by the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Division at the ICT Tower on October 20.
The platforms were developed by the Access to Information (a2i) programme under the ICT division.
By 2021, the government plans to deliver majority of the citizen services through the mobile phone or union digital centres, said Joy at the launch.
Using the Ekpay platform citizens will be able to pay all kinds of utility bills, tuition fees for education and other government payments like holding taxes easily. Currently, the platform is offering bill payment solutions to over 50 assisted agents and more than 50,000 syndicated agents.
Ekshop is a platform for buying and selling and thousands of remote product developers are connected with it. Anyone can upload their product information after getting listed with the platform, while buyers can also purchase products from popular online shopping houses.
Some 16 leading e-commerce platforms are now listed with the platforms while about 10 lakh products are being showcased. Users will also get support from the government's union digital centres to buy and sell their products.
The platform has logistics and payment facilities incorporated, so it will be easy to get any kind of online shopping related support from here. Sellers also can sell their products to other countries through the platform, which has already partnered with a Malaysian company, according to Rezwanul Haque Jami, Head of Commercialisation, a2i.
Within a short time, this service will be launched in Singapore, Nepal and 21 other countries, said a2i officers.
Joy also launched an online service delivery gateway Eksheba, which has 167 government services on board and a2i has targeted to place more than 3,000 services here.
Using this platform users can browse all government websites, apply for online services and verify other government services. Any fees or charges related with the services can be paid directly from the platform, a2i officials added.
Md Tazul Islam, Minister of LGRD and Cooperatives, Zunaid Ahmed Palak, State Minister for ICT Division, NM Zeaul Alam, Senior Secretary of ICT Division and Hu Kang-il, South Korean Ambassador in Dhaka also spoke on the occasion.