Thursday, November 29, 2012

About The Ministry of Water Resources - MoWR BD

The Ministry of Water Resources (MoWR) is the apex body of the Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh for development and management of the whole water resources of the country. It formulates policies, plans, strategies, guidelines, instructions and acts, rules, regulations, etc. relating to the development and management of water resources, and regulation and control of the institutions reporting to it.

The Ministry of Water Resources prepares and implements development projects relating to flood control and drainage (FCD); flood control, drainage and irrigation (FCDI); riverbank erosion control; delta development and land reclamation; etc. and provides irrigation, drainage, flood protection, bank erosion protection, land reclamation facilities by constructing barrages, regulators, sluices, canals, cross-dams, embankments and sea-dykes along the banks of the rivers and the coast, etc.

The Ministry, through its implementing arm -the Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB), implements the FCD/FCDI and other development projects. It also collects, processes, stores and disseminates hydrological and hydraulic data and information through BWDB. It provides flood forecasting and warning information through Flood Forecasting and Warning Center (FFWC) of BWDB. The Ministry prepared the Guidelines for Participatory Water Management (GPWM) and that is being widely followed by the stakeholders at all levels.

The Ministry through its macro-planning arm –the Water Resources Planning Organization (WARPO) prepared National Water Policy, the Coastal Zone Policy, National Water Resources Database (NWRD), National Water Management Plan (NWMP) and Integrated Coastal Resources Database (ICRD). Data can be collected from WARPO for nominal charges.

The Ministry has also research and coordinating institutions such as River Research Institute (RRI) responsible for physical and mathematical water modeling; Bangladesh Haor and Wetland Development Board (BHWDB) for the development of Haors and wetlands; Institute of Water Modeling for mathematical water modeling; and Center for Environmental and Geographic Information Services (CEGIS) for integrated environmental analysis using GIS, remote sensing (RS), database and IT. The Joint Rivers Commission, Bangladesh acts as the secretariat of the Ministry for dealing with the sharing and management of the waters of the trans-boundary Rivers.

Other principal activities of the Ministry include expansion of irrigated areas, water conservation, surface and groundwater use, estuary control, anti-salinity measures and anti-desertification activities, re-excavation of canals and rehabilitation of embankments, international cooperation, liaison with the international organizations, processing matters relating to treaties and agreements with other countries and world bodies in the field of water development and management. According to the National Water Policy, 1999 the Ministry is responsible for formulation of a framework for institutional reforms to guide all water sector related activities and will:

  • Exercise water allocation power in identified scarcity zones on the basis of specified priorities and determine the priority for allocating water during critical periods;
  • Sustain shallow groundwater aquifers, regulating the extraction of water in identified scarcity zones with full public knowledge;
  • Prepare specific drought monitoring and contingency plans for each region experiencing recurrent seasonal shortage of water etc;
  • Empower local government or any other body, to allocate water in scarcity zones during periods of severe drought, monitor the water regimes and enforce the regulations etc;
  • Confer water rights on private and community bodies to provide secure, defensible and enforceable rights to ground/surface water etc;
  • Ensure the minimum requirement of stream-flows for maintaining the conveyance of the channel.

The task of operation and maintenance of completed projects is vested with the Ministry. Operation and maintenance program of these completed projects is an ongoing activity.

  • An O & M program of these projects and other ancillary work of Tk 2810.00 million is being undertaken in the current fiscal year 2007-2008.
  • Under the current Annual Development Program (ADP) (Revised) 2007-08, the Ministry has been implementing 72 investment (including 2 study projects) and 3 technical assistance projects with a development budget of Tk 9379.40 million. Among the total 75 projects, 70 projects (including 2 TA projects) are being implemented by the Bangladesh Water Development Board. Other 5 projects are being implemented by WARPO (2 projects), Bangladesh Haor and Wet-Land Development Board (1 project) and River Research Institute (2 study projects).

The Ministry of Water Resources is a development ministry. The Ministry has 3 wings namely:

  • Development Wing responsible for preparation, implementation and monitoring of the aided projects;
  • Planning Wing responsible for processing of all projects for approval by the Planning Commission and preparation, implementation and monitoring of projects solely funded by GoB, and release of all funds of the development projects under ADP; and
  • Administrative Wing responsible for the administration of the Ministry and the organizations reporting to it.
Mandates of the Ministry of Water Resources:
  • Regulation and development of rivers and river valleys.
  • General policy and technical assistance in the field of irrigation, flood control, anti-water-logging, drainage and anti-erosions.
  • All matters relating to irrigation, flood forecasting and warring, flood control, flood control works, causes off floods and damage caused by floods to irrigation projects, embankments, etc.
  • Basic, fundamental and applied research on river valley projects and flood control works.
  • International cooperation in the field of flood control and development of water resources.
  • International commissions and conferences relating to irrigation, flood control and water resources management.
  • Construction and maintenance of canals under W. D. B. Project; construction and maintenance of water control structures for the canals executed under the Canal Digging programme.
  • Soil conservation drainage and water-logging.
  • Storage of water and construction of reservoirs, embankment and barrages.
  • Land reclamation, estuary control.
  • Anti-salinity measures and anti-desertification.
  • Hydrological survey and data collection.
  • Matters relating to Joint Rivers Commission; Joint Committee, Standing Committee, etc and Common Border Rivers.
  • Secretariat administration including financial matters.
  • Administration and control of Subordinate office organization under this Ministry.
  • Liaison with International Organization and matters relating to treaties and agreements with other countries and world bodies relating to subjects allotted to this Ministry.
  • All laws on subject to this Ministry.
  • Inquiries and statistics on any of the subject allotted to this Ministry.
  • Fees in respect of any of the subjects allotted to this Ministry except fees taken in courts.
Source: MoWR BD. For further details please visit the website.


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Monday, November 26, 2012

Investment in Bangladesh through BOI BD

This post is about the BOI - Board of Investments Bangladesh is running under the Prime Minister’s Office. Lots of information’s has been provided in this site which could be very helpful for the Investors who wants to make an Investment in Bangladesh. Bangladesh is a winning combination with its competitive market, business-friendly environment and cost structure that can give you the best returns.

Some reasons to choose Bangladesh for an Investment according to the BOI:

Industrious Low-Cost Workforce:
Bangladesh offers a well-educated, highly adaptive and industrious workforce with the lowest wages and salaries in the region. 57.3% of the population is under 25, providing a youthful group for recruitment. The country has consistently developed a skilled workforce catering to investors needs. English is widely spoken, making communication easy.

Strategic Location, Regional Connectivity and Worldwide Access:
Bangladesh is strategically located next to India, China and ASEAN markets. As the South Asian Free Trade Area (SAFTA) comes into force, investors in Bangladesh will enjoy duty-free access to India and other member countries.

Strong Local Market and Growth:
Bangladesh has proved to be an attractive investment location with its 146.6 million populations and consistent economic growth leading to strong and growing domestic demand.

Low Cost of Energy:
Energy prices in Bangladesh are the most competitive in the region. Transportation on green compressed natural gas is less than 20% of the diesel price.

Proven Export Competitiveness:
Bangladesh enjoys tariff-free access to the European Union, Canada, Australia and Japan. In Europe, Bangladesh enjoys 60% of the market share and is the top manufacturing exporter amongst 50 least developed countries.

Competitive Incentives:
Bangladesh offers the most liberal FDI regime in South Asia, allowing 100% foreign equity with unrestricted exit policy, easy remittance of royalty, and repatriation of profits and incomes.

Export Processing Zones – EPZ:
Bangladesh offers export-oriented industrial enclaves with infrastructural facilities and logistical support for foreign investors. The country is also developing its core infrastructures, including roads, highways, surface transport and port facilities for a better business environment.

FDI Magazine of The Financial Times in March 2010 conducted a competition under the head “Global Ranking Competition of Economics Zones” based on the following nine categories of ranking:
* Best Overall Global Special Economic Zone
* Best Economic Potential* Best Cost Effectiveness* Best Facilities* Best Transportation Link* Best Incentives* Best Promotion* Best Airport* Best Port
In the competition out of 700 Economic Zones globally 200 participated in the competition. All the zones were evaluated on a 10 point scale on the basis of some set criteria. Among the top 10 of the two categories Chittagong Export Processing Zone, Bangladesh scored 3rd position in the “Best Cost Effectiveness” and also 4th position in the “Best Economic Potential” for 2010-2011.
For more details about this Report: FDI Magazine

Positive Climate:
A largely homogeneous society with people living in harmony irrespective of race and religion, Bangladesh is a democratic country enjoying broad bi-partisan political support for private investment. The legal and policy framework for business is conducive to foreign investment. For detailed about legal infrastructure of Bangladesh please visit Business Laws.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

About BCAS - Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies

Based on the info provided on the official web portal of The Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS), it is an independent, non-profit, non-government, policy, research and implementation institute working on Sustainable Development (SD) at local, national, regional and global levels. It was established in 1986 and over 25 years and has grown to become a leading research institute in the non-government sector in Bangladesh and in South Asia. BCAS encourages multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary in its approaches of running programs and projects by working under four broad themes:
  • Environment-development integration
  • Good governance and people’s participation
  • Poverty alleviation and sustainable livelihoods
  • Economic growth and public-private partnership
BCAS has over hundred full-time and some part-time staff working in different capacities, with a large group of senior professionals and scientists, and many mid-level professionals and researchers.

Little about BCAS:
Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS) is a leading research and policy institute in the non-government sector of Bangladesh which has established in 1986. It is independent, non-profit and specializes in policy analysis, action research and project implementation for sustainable development at local, national, regional and global levels. BCAS addresses sustainable development through the following interdisciplinary themes. They are:

  • Environment and climate change
  • Good governance through people’s participation
  • Poverty alleviation and sustainable livelihoods
  • Economic growth
  • Public-private partnership
  • Sustainable markets
The overall aim of BCAS is to provide guidance and practical solutions to promote sustainable development, eradicate poverty, improve access of the poor to resources and ensure social justice. BCAS tests dynamic ideas, develops models and gives practical solutions to problems in all areas that fall under the broad themes. These ideas have been replicated by NGOs, government departments, private sectors and UN agencies.

Vision and Mission of BCAS:

  • To undertake action research on policy issues and implementation at local, national, regional and international levels for advancing and supporting sustainable development   
  • To develop ideas and models for efficient resource management, conservation of the environment with an aim to  promote sustainable development
  • To ensure people’s and community participation in planning, implementation and management of resources
  • To undertake collaborative research with scientists in both national and international organizations to share  knowledge and experience
  • To motivate and facilitate the private sector to adopt cleaner production methods, pollution abatement techniques and ensure clean environment and sustainable trade.
  • To enhance the capacity of civil society, private and public sectors in the areas of environment and natural resource management and promote pathways to green economy for ensuring sustainable development.
  • To closely work with various agencies and departments of the Government in different countries as well as development partners, international institutions and Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs).
Key Approaches:
  • Integration of knowledge and information at community, national, regional and global levels into policy and program to make knowledge useful and effective through documentation, communication and outreach.
  • Carry out research to establish linkages between science, policy and people to promote sustainable development
  • Integration of indigenous knowledge and experience of communities with scientific knowledge to increase awareness and efficiency.
  • Development through participatory approach, by involving communities, in identifying problems and root causes and suggesting solutions.
  • To bring out publications including books, newsletters and monographs and to disseminate the results and findings of various research and initiatives
  • To enhance public awareness and influence policy decisions through policy dialogue, advocacy, networking, training, workshop, seminar and symposium
  • To undertake interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research activities using multidisciplinary methodologies.
Source: Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS). For further details please visit the website.


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Monday, November 12, 2012

District Portals - Step towards to a Digital Bangladesh

The Government of Bangladesh has launched Web portal for every district in Bangladesh. There are total 64 District / Zila in Bangladesh. Creating web portal for each district has been considered as a clear step to make a Digital Bangladesh as the vision of the Government of Bangladesh. Information's in this post has been collected from the National Web Portal of Bangladesh.

Below are the Website Addresses of all the district portals in Bangladesh in division wise. Browse those sites for info related to your desired district.

SIX Districts under Barisal Division:

ELEVEN Districts under Chittagong Division:

Total SEVENTEEN districts under Dhaka Division:

TEN district in Khulna Division:

Total EIGHT districts in Rajshahi Division:

Total EIGHT districts under Rangpur Division:

There are total FOUR districts in Sylhet Division:

For further information visit the National Web Portal of Bangladesh.

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

E-Service for the People of Bangladesh - National InfoKosh

Another E-service for the People of Bangladesh from Access to Information Program under prime Minister's Office of the Peoples Republic of Bangladesh. The service is the launch of the Jatiya InfoKosh or can say The National Information e-Cell of Bangladesh. Peoples from almost all the fields can get benefited using this site. Currently some services providing by the site includes Agriculture, Health, Education, Law and Order, Citizen Charter, Tourism, Weather and Disaster management, Science and Information and Communication Technology, Industry and Business, Heritage and Culture, Career and Employment etc. The site has launched recently. These are some initial e-services from the Goverment Of Bangladesh and since the system has started lots of services will definitely added in the near future.

The website is in Bangla Language, So it will very much helpful and once it will be essential and important for every the People of Bangladesh. All information's in this site are presenting through Images, Audio, Video, Animation, Documentary and in Text format. Another interesting thing is that Ordinary people from the whole country can also get info and e-services from their own Local Union Parishad which is called an Offline Version of the InfoKosh. Almost each and every Union Parishad office's has an Information and help Center in Bangladesh. There are total 4562 number of Union Parishad office's in Bangladesh.

You can find your desired answer or topic by clicking on the related link or through direct searching using keywords. 

A Beta Version of National InfoKosh has also been released. They provided a link at the bottom section of the site for the Beta Version.

Any one can register as a user and can ask any question to the Government Authority and the related person will give the answer within 24 hours. 

There is a Archive section from where you can browse your desired topic. Initially the E-Service is not bad comparing others. It is really helpful site, take a look and gather some knowledge's or info.


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Monday, November 5, 2012

A Knowledge and Info Store - The National Web Portal of Bangladesh

Dear Readers,
In this post I am going to tell you something about the National Web Portal of Bangladesh that is becoming the place for those who are really want to know about our country, Bangladesh. Any Bangladeshi citizen can get helped by the information's and services provided by this National web portal of Bangladesh. The site is maintained directly by Prime Ministers Office of Bangladesh. Lets take a look how people from any field can get benefit from this site.

  • In the front / index page you will see various services in different sections. In the law and Order section you will find Important Telephone number of Police, RAB, related information, contact number of all Police Stations in Dhaka and others.
  • In the Agriculture section you will find some general and Marketing information's related to Agriculture and Farming. Some useful links of Agriculture associations and organizations in Bangladesh.
  • The Education and Higher Education section indicates that the Government is very much hearty and sincere about the education, study and research in Bangladesh. Some useful information's and external websites link will definitely help any Student, Researcher, Teacher etc.
  • The site is acting like a regular Bulletin or Notice board for various purposes, services and steps of the Government of Bangladesh. You can download daily Retail Market price on an excel format. In the Recruitment section get the latest information's about BCS Exams result and schedule and related links.
  • Disaster Management section includes regular Weather Forecast, Disaster alert, Situation report, Daily food summery and important contact to related services.
  • The Utility services for the Citizens of Bangladesh includes Electronic Money Transfer Service, Emergency Response for Gas Safety, Load shading schedule and a list of all banks that collects various telecom bills from the citizens.
  • Special Hajj services includes Pilgrim search, Hajj information's, Flight schedule and hajj related tips.

What kind of service or information do you need ? The site is very much strong in link building, you will find almost every ministry and division, section, department, parliament, judiciary and lots of services and official websites link of the People's Republic of Bangladesh. Want to know more about the Digital Bangladesh ? about Bangladesh Tourism ? want to know about the National Budget ? Whatever you wanted to now about Bangladesh this site will helps you a lot.

Go to the website and find something interested and helpful for you. As a citizen of Bangladesh you will get some real E-Services and if you are from outside Bangladesh than this site will help you to know more about us and more about BANGLADESH.

Thanks a lot,

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Sunday, November 4, 2012

Computer and ICT Organizations and Associations in Bangladesh

Dear readers,
This post is about a little descriptions about some Association and Organizations of Bangladesh related to Computer, Information and Communication Technology. Due to some steps taken by the Government, the country is going to be Digitized in 21st century. There are lots of Govt websites has already been launched which indicate that Bangladesh Government is going to establish an E-Government system and the country is going to build a stronger basement in IT sector. I will describe in my upcoming posts about lots of Bangladesh Govt official websites and e-services. Take a look at the following sites, these sites could help you a lot.

Ministry of Science and Technology (MOSICT):
Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh is promoting Science and Technology as stewardship of positive change in society and for balanced socioeconomic upliftment, national well-being and thus to make Science and Technology a part of national culture. The use of Science and Technology as a means of sustainable use of Environment, Ecosystem and Resources contribute to world pool of knowledge in Science and Technology. Ministry of Science and Technology has been working relentlessly to step up peace and prosperity of the country through proper utilization of science and appropriate technology. In the last few years Ministry of Science and Technology has achieved a rare feat with due policy level support and with proper planning.
Contact @ MOSICT:
Ministry of Science & Technology, Bangladesh Secretariat
Telephone:  +880-2-7170840
Fax: +880-2-7169606

Bangladesh Computer Samity (BCC):
Bangladesh Computer Samity is the voice of ICT industry of Bangladesh. It is the national association of the ICT companies in Bangladesh. BCS was established in 1987 with eleven members. The ICT industries of Bangladesh comprises distributors, dealers, resellers of computer and allied products, locally assembled computer vendors, software developers and exporters, internet service providers, ICT based educational institutions and training houses, ICT embedded services providers etc. The total number of members stands 1146 at present. The body is run by a 7-number executive committee elected every two years.
Contact @ BCC:
12th, Floor, Sonartori Tower, Plot # 12, Biponon C/A
Sonargaon Road, Dhaka - 1000, Bangladesh
Tel : 880-2-9670955-56
Fax : 880-2-9670955-56 Ext : 108
Email :

Bangladesh Association of Software & Information Services (BASIS):
Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS) is the national trade body for Software & IT Enabled Service industry of Bangladesh. Established in 1997, the association has been working with a vision of developing vibrant software & IT service industry in the country. BASIS started its journey with only 17 charter members. Today the membership stands at more than 450. Members of BASIS account for the lion share of the total software & IT services revenue of the country.
Contact @ BASIS:
BDBL Bhaban (5th Floor - West), 12 Kawran Bazar, Dhaka -1215
Phone: +880 2 8151196; 8144708-09
Fax: +880 2 8151197

Bangladesh Computer Society (BCSBD):
The Bangladesh Computer Society is regarded as the leading professional and learned society in the field of computers and information systems in Bangladesh. It was established in 1979. The Bangladesh Government Register no -1638(53)/95.This is also a Sister Societies of IEEE Computer Society. BCS Professional Membership is an industry benchmark. Its membership grades begin with Student and Graduate, then move to professional grades with Associate, Member and onto Fellow for highly qualified and experienced practitioners. BCS and ISEB qualifications help to broaden the knowledge and skills sets of IT professionals.
Contact @ BCSBD:
House # 519 (4th Floor), Road # 1,
Dhanmondi R/A, Dhaka-1205, Bangladesh
Tel: 02 9677043, 02 9663442,

Bangladesh ICT Journalist Forum (BIJF):
Bangladesh ICT Journalist Forum (BIJF) is the professional ICT journalist association of Bangladesh which was established in 2002. BIJF has representations of all leading Daily, weekly, monthly ICT publications and other media (such as web, digital publication and electronic media). BIJF has established for the development of ICT movement of our country and to stimulate and facilitate the growth structure of this sector. BIJF tries to emphasis on three sectors. Firstly, to establish the ICT Journalist Unity, secondly, to improvise journalist knowledge and professional duties with utmost delinquency and thirdly to organize ICT related seminars, working paper on National and as well as international issue. So far BIJF have successfully organized several skill development schemes for ICT journalists and also arranged different ICT related national seminars. Among them”Media role on Information Society: perspective Bangladesh” is the most successful one.
It has been argued that ICT has itself pioneered into Bangladesh and the role of Media is very much negligible in this case. But on many dimensions, government policies as well as industry activities are much prejudiced by the Media. Media has a profound impact on building IT awareness, IT industry and IT culture in our Country. The role of media has pioneered in building ICT infrastructure in Bangladesh. In future, BIJF will try to establish the National ICT databank and will conduct several studies on Local and Global aspects of ICT developments. BIJF will also analyze different government initiatives and Industry performance regarding ICT and will recommend different policies for the welfare of this sector. BIJF will also try to make their contribution on several Global issues such as Digital Divide, Information Society, Knowledge based Economy, etc to build a real ICT awarded community for the whole World.

Internet Service Providers Association of Bangladesh (ISPAB):

Details are not available from their sites. Visit their website for more details.
Contact @ ISPAB:
Information Services Network Ltd.
TMC Building (4th floor)
52, New Eskaton Road, Dhaka-1000
Tel: 8322785, 01819221942

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