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Inu proposes 3 ICT governance treaties at IGF in Mexico

Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu proposed three global treaties namely on Internet as basic right', Cyber security' and Democratic governance of Internet' at the inaugural session of 11th Internet Governance Forum (IGF) of United Nations in Guadaljara city of Jalisco state in Mexico on Tuesday.

Besides the treaty proposals being taken into considerations by the forum, Inu in his address also chartered a 10-point demand on Internet governance, according to a message received here today.

Inu, who is also the Chairperson of Bangladesh Internet Governance Forum (BIGF), said that democratic governance of Internet and the internet should be considered as basic right.

He emphasized on affordability, accessibility and safety of Internet, removal of roadblocks on the way to digital trade and economy, capacity building, content developments in mother tongue and adoption of Internet-enabling laws to ensure institutional use of internet.

Information minister said, it was possible to face the challenges rocking the world at present namely environment and climate change, terrorism, poverty and gender disparity with Internet as an enabling tool, which would take us forward in attaining Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the year 2030.

Hasanul Haq Inu is likely to have bilateral meetings with the leaders of UN IGF and the mayor of Jalisco on the sidelines of the four-day forum that started on December 6.

The minister is scheduled to return home on December 10.

AHM Bazlur Rahamn, CEO of Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communications (BNNRC), BIGF member Md. Shazzad Hossain and Minister's private secretary Dr. Molla Mahmud Hassan are also participating in the forum.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)