The Leaders and Specialists: Service Innovation and ICT program has successfully concluded. A formal closing ceremony was held on 22nd June at Karabi hall of Prime Minister’s Office, Dhaka. Ismat Ara Sadique, honourable Minister of State, Ministry of Public Administration adorned the chair of the Chief guest.

Developing a strong network of change agents within the public sector and to further the capacity building process, a2i and e-Government Leadership Centre (eGL), Singapore have signed an MoU in 16 July 2013. Under this partnership, total 96 govt. officers received training on “Innovations for Public Service Transformation” in Singapore in the year of 2015 for improvisation of service delivery process in public sector. Therefore, they have initiated innovation pilot projects in their respective fields to benefit the citizens in the area of Health, Education, Agriculture, Fisheries, Livestock, Land management system, Family planning, Youth development, Women empowerment, Livelihoods etc.

This partnership, created a room for knowledge and experience sharing in country even beyond borders, said Ismat Ara Sadique, the chief guest of the event. The lessons from eGL have been implemented in pilot projects to benefit citizens in areas such as Health, Education, Agriculture, Fisheries, Livestock and Land Management. We hope to see more opportunities for collaboration in the near future, she also said.”
During the event, three innovation pilot implementers presented their innovation projects through PowerPoint Presentations and exhibition in front of ‘Karabi’ hall, as well.

Speakers in the ceremony including the innovators, expressed their sincere gratitude to Temasek, eGL and a2i for their endless contributions, supports and culturing the innovation in public services in Bangladesh. Secretary of ICT division, Secretary (Coordination & Reforms) of Cabinet division, representatives from UNDP and USAID Bangladesh acknowledged the eGL and Temasek Foundation for their cooperation and collaboration in this endeavour and also requested to think for further initiative in near future. Centre Director of eGL, CEO-ISS of NUS, and Temasek Foundation were also acknowledged the sincere efforts and friendly dealings of a2i, in their delivered speech.

“I have always believed in the power of collaboration. I realized that you can’t develop all the competencies you need fast enough on your own. Furthermore, if you don’t collaborate, your ideas will be limited to your own abilities. As a result, you will not be able to serve your nation, said Mr. Kabir Bin Anwar, the chair of the event.”

Ashok Kumar, Centre Director, eGL Singapore, said “We are impressed with the commitment, energy and enthusiasm demonstrated by the officers in designing and implementing citizen centric services. A2i team’s professionalism, leadership and team work are exemplary. We are privileged to be a2i’s partner in innovation and transformation journey of Digital Bangladesh.”

Dr. SM Sanaul Hoque observed, “understanding e-government and public sector innovation with global examples, introducing design thinking for citizen centric service innovation, and cascading of innovation learning in public sector of Bangladesh has been accelerated by this collaboration.”

Access to Information (a2i) Programme of Prime Minister’s Office organized this event where more than 130 participants including Secretaries, DGs, Chief Innovation Officers, Divisional Commissioner, DC, UNOs, Innovation Officers, other govt. officials from different ministries, directorates, departments and field administration, different donor organization representatives, Resource Pool members, Innovators, and a2i people attended the event.