The Bangladesh government has launched a project to set up Tier-IV level national data centre aimed at ensuring secure and safe data storage as well as optimum uses of ICT for the “digital Bangladesh”.
Once the data centre is installed on seven acres of land at Kaliakoir Hi-Tech Park, the hosting capacity of the shared data center of the government would be enhanced. Besides, the government would also be able to run its official activities without basing on paper.
Bangladesh Computer Council (BCC) is entrusted to implement the project by June 2018.
The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) today approved the “Establishment of Four Tier National Data Center” with Taka 1516 crore at its 9th meeting in the current fiscal.
ECNEC Chairperson and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina chaired the meeting held at the NEC conference room in the city’s Sher-e-Bangla Nagar.
Planning Minister A H M Mustafa Kamal, after the meeting, briefed the newsmen about the outcome. He said the ECNEC cleared a total of four development projects with an outlay of Taka 2,474 crore.
“Of the total project cost, the government will provide Taka 1,089 crore from the national exchequer while the remaining Taka 1,385 crore would come as project assistance,” he added.
State Minster for Finance and Planning M A Mannan was present at the briefing.
Planning minister said the capacity of the existing data center is
insufficient against the demand of NBR, Land Ministry, DLRS, banking and financial institutions, educational institutions and power division as well as other government organizations.
Besides, there is a need for an exclusive high security building for ensuring security of the data center, he added. Against the cost of Taka 1516.91 crore for the proposed data center, the government will contribute Taka 317.55 crore while China EXIM Bank would provide the remaining Taka 1199.36 crore.
Meeting sources said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the meeting thanked all the members and officials of the Planning Commission for their efforts saying Bangladesh received the highest UN accolade “Champions of the Earth” award and “ICT Sustainable Development Award” from ITU due to the all-out support from the country’s people.
Commenting on the growth projections made by various international
organizations, the Prime Minister said now the international organizations have started to make upward growth projection of 6.5 to 6.7 for Bangladesh.
She said her government’s target is to attain 7 percent GDP growth rate in the current fiscal, adding “Bangladesh would be able to attain the target although it would be a bit tough”.
The other projects approved in the meeting are: WFP Assisted Enhancing Resilience to Disasters and the effects of climate change project with Taka 715.37 crore (1st revised), re-excavation of River Titas (upper) under Brahmanbaria district with Taka 155.88 crore and Protecting Rajshahi Cadet College and adjacent important structures from Padma River Erosion with Taka 86.79 crore.
Ministers and State Ministers attended the meeting while Planning
Commission members and secretaries concerned were present. (Source: BSS, October 06, 2015)