BCC gets UN “World Summit on Information Society Award-2020”


DHAKA, Sept 7, 2020 (BSS) – The Bangladesh Computer Council (BCC) of ICT Division has achieved one of the world’s most prestigious awards the “World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) Award-2020” in the field of information technology.

The Bangladesh National Digital Architecture (BNDA) team of the BGD e-GOV CIRT Capacity Building Project under BCC in the e-Employment category achieved the award for the e-recruitment platform (erecruitment.bcc.gov), said a press release here this evening.

Haolin Zhao, Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), announced this at the “WSIS Forum 2020 Prizes Awards Ceremony” held online today, said a press release here.

The Executive Secretary of the UN Escape Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, Catalin Marinescu from the ITU, Katrina Naut, Ambassador of Dominican Republic, Secretary-General of the International Civil Aviation Organization Fang Liu and many others joined the virtual award ceremony.

State Minister of ICT Division Zunaid Ahmed Palak congratulated the BCC on this achievement.

Under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and under the overall supervision of Prime Minister’s ICT Affairs Honorable Adviser Sajeeb Wazed, the ICT Division is working relentlessly to build “Digital Bangladesh”, he said in his congratulatory speech.

The state minister is optimistic that this award of the United Nations “World Summit on Information Society Award-2020” will inspire everyone to take more successful initiatives in the future.

Senior Secretary of ICT Division NM Zeaul Alam thanked the organisers and the award selection committee for bestowing this international honor through the “World Summit on Information Society Award-2020”.

Bangladesh is rapidly improving in the information technology sector, he said, adding “’Digital Bangladesh’ is a dream. Bangladesh has already begun to reap the benefits. This achievement of BCC is really commendable”.

The executive director of Bangladesh Computer Council (BCC) Parthapratim Deb said, “We are very proud of this international award. The BCC is relentlessly trying to take various initiatives to build a digital Bangladesh”.

Terming the ward as a sign of success, he said, the Recruitment Process Management Service has been established in line with the BNDA Framework to enable the BCC to contribute to the government’s ‘Digital Bangladesh’ initiative.

The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Award is considered one of the international recognition in the field of information technology. The World Summit for Information Society is working to make people’s lives easier and change through information and communication technology.

At the same time, the organization is working relentlessly to spread innovations around the world. In addition to submitting projects from the government, the private, general public, international organizations and different organizations, WSIS partners have the opportunity to participate in this competition.

This year, applications were accepted in 18 categories for the award while nominations were given to 354 projects out of a total of 762. Finally, a total of 72 projects, 4 in each category, were declared as champions and 18 projects in each category were declared final winners as the best projects.

In the e-employment category, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Israel and Bangladesh were nominated while Bangladesh became the final winner.

The BCC has established this e-recruitment platform as a shared service for all government agencies. It enables the government agencies to accomplish end-to-end recruitment processes and related tasks through increased interoperability, enhanced security measures, reduced risk and lower procurement costs.

The BNDA team played a key role in securing this award. With this solution, the job applicant can apply for the job and pay from home through the user’s Smartphone. The platform is already being successfully used in more than 25 government agencies or projects. Over the past two years, the system has processed approximately 170,000 online applications for more than 70 positions through approximately 60 position notices.