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S. Korea to give Bangladesh 300 computers

All Headlines 12:00 April 08, 2016

SEOUL, April 8 (Yonhap) -- The South Korean government agreed Friday to provide Bangladesh with hundreds of computers as part of efforts to help the Southeast Asia country narrow its digital divide.

The Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning inked an accord with the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka on the provision of 300 "Green PCs of Love" over the coming three years.

The move came at the suggestion of the World Bank, officials said.

The Southeast Asian country aims to transform itself into a "digital" state by 2021.

Annisul Huq, mayor of the Dhaka North City Corp., was on a visit here for the signing ceremony, according to ministry officials.

The ministry has also agreed with the World Bank to step up joint efforts for the development of the city's ICT (information, communication and technology) sector, they added.

"We plan to strengthen cooperation, via various methods, for a smart city and ICT development in Dhaka," Song Jeong-soo, a senior ministry official, said.

South Korea expanded its "Green PC" initiative to foreign nations in need in 1997.

It has since delivered around 40,000 upgraded, used computers, which were donated by local civilian or public organizations.

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