Access to Information (a2i) programme of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) for the second consecutive time has won the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) award, agencies report. a2i’s National Web Portal project clinched the award this time under “Access to Information and Knowledge’ category. Last year, it was the “Union Digital Center” project that gave the country this coveted prize.
a2i project director and Director General (admin) of PMO, Kabir Bin Anwar, received the award, considered as one of the most prestigious one given for excellence in information technology, at International Telecommunication Union (ITU) headquarters in the Swiss city of Geneva today. Principal Secretary to the PMO, Md Abul Kalam Azad, flanked by PMO Secretary Suraiya Begum, NDC, and Naimuzzaman Mukta, People’s Perspective Specialist, a2i, said these at a press conference held at the Karobi Hall at the PMO this afternoon.
Kabir expressed his joy through a telephonic interview and dedicated the award to the people of the country. He also congratulated Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Information and Communication Technology Affairs Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy for their vision in this regard and overwhelming support towards the project. Azad in his brief speech said Bangladesh has set a unique example through winning the award for the second consecutive year.
Replying to a question about updating the websites of different ministries, he said, “We are inspiring them to do this continually. We will sit with the secretaries of all the ministries in 4/5 days in this regard.” Bangladesh’s National Web Portal is one of the biggest government web portals of the world, with links of 25,000 websites, and 42,000 government offices have been incorporated in it.
From registration of birth and death to paying bills of utility services, applying for passport, paying taxes or downloading any government form, this web portal has become an essential tool for everyone. Meanwhile, not only the National Web Portal, a2i’s “Teachers Portal” has attracted praising eyes with its nomination under fourth category for the award.