PERISCOPE

PERISCOPE

In 2016, a2i, the world’s first Innovation Lab+ and the key driver from the Prime Minister’s Office of the Bangladesh government’s public service innovation agenda, initiated a project to increase the accessibility of data among the general public through a one-stop open government data portal.
The net of internet inclusion has widened drastically in Bangladesh over the last few years with the introduction 3G technology and proliferation of smartphone sales. This increase in internet usage has significantly affected how the public access and search for information in this age. Hence, through a unified data bank, the general public would have access to crucial information that would facilitate progress in academics, businesses, infrastructural development, agriculture, etc. The open government data portal would also help digital services and businesses gain access to information that would help them further their business ventures.
Abu Abdullah
University of Asia Pacific

Bangladesh economy has been experiencing stable growth, fueled by apparel driven export growth, expanding domestic market and stabilizing political conditions. However, looming uncertainties remain with the upcoming national elections scheduled early 2019, and stalled remittance growth from Middle-Eastern economies. Despite achieving commendable economic stability and progress, the economic growth needs to accelerate further through incremental investments in both private sector and infrastructure investments, less burdensome bureaucratic red tape and investment friendly government policies.
In the international domain, election of populist Donald Trump will not only have impending ramifications on Bangladesh’s dream in achieving GSP for apparel, but will stifle worldwide WTO led international trade arrangements. Bangladesh’s export to EU may also suffer a setback, with the country’s second biggest EU importer, Britain, moving out of the fold of European Union. With upcoming elections in Netherlands and France placing protectionist center-right politicians at the forefront, the concept of European Union maybe under jeopardy. Bangladesh may increasingly find it difficult to defend its GSP status in the upcoming years.
Mohammad Shoaib
Dhaka University

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