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BDInfo to herald a new dawn in the horizon of Digital Bangladesh

DHAKA, August 3, 2009: BDInfo – a national, social and economic database system to store data generated from censuses, surveys, records of management information systems – will be formally launched today (Monday) in the city’s NEC Auditorium at Sher-E-Bangla Nagar.

Secretary (In-Charge) of Planning Division of the Ministry of Planning Habib Ullah Majumder will formally launch the BDInfo as the chief guest, while UN Resident Coordinator a.i. John Aylieff will be the special guest and Country Representative of UNICEF Carel de Rooy will be the guest of honour in the launching ceremony.

BDinfo is an adopted version of DevInfo, which is a United Nations (UN) database system to monitor the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Till date more than 90 national statistical offices have adopted DevInfo.

UNICEF has provided technical and financial support to the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) to develop the BDInfo. It is a very user-friendly system that can be used to analyse the trends of social and economic development, identify disparities in terms of social and economic development among urban and rural, male and female populations and geographical locations.

Stating the launch of the BDInfo as a step towards ‘Digital Bangladesh’, Country Representative of UNICEF Carel de Rooy, said, “BDInfo can be used for evidence-based planning, budgeting and decision-making; and to monitor the achievements with equity towards the MDGs and other national goals in Bangladesh.”

Covering a geographical reach from national through division, district, upazila, union and sub-union level, depending on availability of data, BDInfo can be used, among other things, for monitoring MDG progress by the government, monitoring progress of implementation of the national development plan, promoting evidence-based planning and budgeting among government and its partners and building national capacity in statistics/data use.                

The system will also track progress through monitoring of the vulnerable groups in terms of gender, geographical location (rural, tribal, urban), ethnicity and disability. It will use multiple sources of information including population and other censuses, periodic household surveys on various topics, administrative records from various government departments and flagship reports by international agencies with detailed analysis of specific development issues.

The BBS will make regularly updates of the already existing BDInfo database to add new indicators and newly produced data which will be easily accessible to all through internet in both English and Bangla.      

For more information, please contact:
Iftikhar A Chowdhury
Communication Officer
+880 2 9336701-10, Ex 392



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