Bangladesh wins 8 international awards for digital innovations

DHAKA, The Access to Information (a2i) Programme of the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) has won eight international awards in different categories and a national award this year for different digital innovations.

Bangladesh has won the world's most prestigious award World Summit on

Information Society (WSIS) Prize2018 in ICT sector for fifth time in a row

for two innovative projects of a2i.

The a2i programme won the award for the Muktopaath

(, which can play an important role in educating and

training youths, women, professionals and overseas workers. Using the

platform, anyone can take general, technical, vocational and life oriented


Apart from this, a2i and Bangladesh Police were awarded another WSIS

Prize jointly for Online Police Clearance Certificate Management System

which was made with the assistance from service innovation fund of a2i and

implemented by Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP).

The then project director of the a2i Program Kabir Bin Anwar, now

secretary of the Water Resources Ministry, received the award for Muktopaath

while Deputy Inspector General of Police Harun Ur Rashid and Additional DIG

(ICT) Md Ruhul Amin received the award for Online Police Clearance

Certificate Management System on March 20, 2018 at a function held at the

headquarters of International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in Geneva,


According to the a2i officials, the Muktopaath was also bestowed with the

PIBSohel Samad Memorial Award2018. A2i's Policy Advisor Anir Chowdhury

received the award on September 5, 2018 at a function held at the seminar

room of PIB in the city.

The a2i programme has won International Invention Innovation and

Technology Exhibition (ITEX) Award 2018 in three different innovation

categories on May 12. For the very first time, a2i participated in the

exhibition held at Kuala Lumpur Convention Center in Malaysia and won two

gold and one silver awards.

The a2i received gold awards for the innovation project Centralized

Nebulizing System in the 'Biotechnology, Health and fitness' category and

for Fuel from Plastic in the 'Environmental, Renewable Energy' category.

The a2i also received one silver award in the 'Special care and Child care'

category for a project titled Portable Infant Incubator.

A total of 62 innovations out of more than 1000 innovations and

technological designs from 23 different countries received the Gold Award and

73 the Silver Award.

The 'EkSheba' platform of a2i has won the Award of Merit at the 18th

prestigious Asia Pacific ICT Alliance APICTA Award 2018 held at Guangzhou in

China on October 13.

eservice Specialist of the a2i Mohammad Ashraful Amin received the

award from Guangzhou Province Economic and Information Commission deputy

director Shen Zhixiong and APICTA Awards chief judge professor Gansen Zhao.

This year, a total of 17 countries, including Australia, Bangladesh,

Brunei, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Singapore,

Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam, participated in the APICTA Award, popularly

known as Oscars in the ICT arena.

The a2i has received the 'President Award' of the Open Group of India for

the second time for implementing 'EkSeba' Software Solution.

A2i got the award in 'Enterprise Architecture Enabled Government

Transformation' category of an international competition on innovation held

at the hotel of Indian city of Bengaluru on February 22, 2018.

Secretary of the Ministry of ICT, India, Shri Ajay Sawhney and former

government official of India J Satyanarayana handed over the award to a2i's

Policy Advisor Anir Chowdhury.

In every year, Open Group of India organizes the conference and

competition on Global Innovation and Excellence.

A2i's National Consultant for Accessibility Vashkar Bhattacharjee, a

visually impaired Bangladeshi national, has been awarded the UNESCO/Emir

Jaber al Ahmad al Jaber al Sabah Prize for Digital Empowerment of Persons

with Disabilities (201819) by developing the country's first 'Accessible


Bhattacharjee received the prestigious award as the ever first

Bangladeshi from the representative of the Kuwaiti Government Sheikh Mubarak

Jaber AlAhmad AlJaber AlSabah at a ceremony organised in observance of the

International Day of Persons with Disabilities at UNESCO Headquarters on

December 3, 2018.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)