For the third consecutive year, Bangladesh has won the world’s most prestigious award for excellence in information technology – the “World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS)” award – for innovative initiatives of Access to Information (a2i) Programme of the Prime Minister’s Office. This year four initiatives from a2i Programme and one initiative for women journalists from Bangladesh NGO’s Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) have been awarded champion’s certificate. a2i’s initiatives include SPS for Increased Transparency, Efficiency and Responsiveness (category 6), Development of the web-based Environmental Clearance Certificate (ECC) Application System of the Department of Environment (category 7), Teachers’ Portal for Empowerment (category 9), and Farmer’s Window (category 13).
On 4th May, in UN’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU) headquarters, the WSIS champion certificates were handed over to the representatives from Bangladesh. The Bangladeshi delegate included the State Minister for Posts and Telecommunications Advocate Tarana Halim, Policy Advisor (a2i, PMO) Anir Chowdhury, Director of Innovation (a2i) Md. Mustafizur Rahman, and Domain Specialist (a2i) Md. Lutfur Rahman.