Ecnec clears Tk 250cr project to enhance women’s IT skills, create jobs

A meeting of the Ecnec was presided over by Ecnec chair and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina from her official residence Ganabhaban through a video conference being connected with the NEC Conference Room in the city. Photo:PID

The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) on Tuesday approved a total of 11 development projects involving an overall estimated cost of Tk 4,542 crore.

The approval came from a Ecnec meeting presided by Ecnec chair and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina who joined the event from her official residence Ganobhaban through a video conference, reports UNB.

Other ministers and officials concerned were connected to the meeting from the NEC Conference Room in the city.

Among approved projects, a fresh project titled ‘Her Power Project: Empowering Women with Technology (Phase II)’ was designed to create self-employment opportunities for women and thus ensure their sustainable empowerment as entrepreneurs by enhancing their skills through the best and safest use of information technology.

The ICT Division will implement the project at 130 upazilas in 44 districts under 8 divisions at a cost of Tk 250 crore by December 2024.

“Today’s meeting approved 6 fresh projects and 5 revised ones. The overall estimated cost of the 11 projects is Tk 4,541.81 crore (only additional costs of the revised projects were counted here),” said Planning Minister MA Mannan at a press briefing.

Among those, four projects are under the LGRD and Cooperatives Ministry, three under the Road Transport and Bridges Ministry, two under the Water Resources Ministry, one each under the ICT Division and the Railways Ministry, he said.

All the projects will be implemented with finance from the government, said the Planning Minister.

In terms of the cost, the biggest fresh project is “Protection of river banks from Kaliganga River Erosion to protect different important areas in Nababganj upazila of Dhaka, Saturia, Ghior, Manikganj Sadar and Singair upazilas of Manikganj” involving Tk 689 crore.

The Water Development Board will execute the project by June 2024.

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