Global ICT awards ceremony kicks off in Dhaka

Innovative projects with the ability to solve social problems will be recognized at an international ICT awards ceremony.

The Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS) and the ICT Division jointly organize the four days of the APICTA Dhaka Awards that kicked off yesterday in the capital of the country. Radisson Blu Hotel.

APICTA or Asia Pacific ICT Alliance is a coalition of national ICT organizations that work on building and enhancing a mutually cooperative network to promote ICT.

Seventeen member countries of the alliance participate in the 17th edition of the event, which recognizes potential and successful entrepreneurs and promotes the development of ICT.

In 2015, Bangladesh became a member of the alliance and now the country is holding the awards ceremony in the two years following membership, said Russell T Ahmed, head of the organization. ;event.

Some 47 Bangladeshi companies present their products and innovations at the award ceremony, along with 366 foreign participants, Ahmed said.

APICTA received 188 projects in 17 categories and the winning projects will be awarded Sunday at the Bangabandhu International Conference Center in the capital.

This kind of event will help highlight the country as the next ICT hub in the world, he said, adding that the program will also help the country explore new business opportunities .

Currently, Bangladesh IT export earnings have reached $ 800 million and the country is aiming to earn $ 1 billion by next year and $ 5 billion worth of products. 39, here 2021.

"Responding to this event like this is very important," said Ahmed, also vice president of BASIS.

"We also hope this event will open new opportunities for Bangladeshi companies to opt for partnerships with foreign entities for local and foreign markets."

It's an honor for Bangladesh to have the opportunity to hold the APICTA Awards, one of the best ICT-related programs in the world, said the responsible for BASIS.

Abdullah H Kafi, former president of the Computer Industry Organization of Asia and Oceania, is the chief judge of the awards program.

Other APICTA members include Australia, Brunei, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Pakistan, Singapore, Sri Lanka Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam.

In addition to competitors, local businesses will also have the chance to showcase their products and innovations at the World Trade Show, organizers said.

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