Bangladesh’s State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak has been enlisted among the 100 most influential people in digital government across the globe.
The list titled ‘World’s 100 Most Influential People in Digital Government’ has been published by Apolitical, a global public policy think-tank.
The ICT Division confirmed the news by issuing a statement on Friday.
In his reaction to the list, Palak said, “This is a global recognition of the successes achieved by Bangladesh in its journey towards realising a digital government as an integral part of establishing Digital Bangladesh under the visionary leadership of Honorable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her ICT Affairs Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy.”
State Minister Palak is placed on the inaugural list of top 100 people which has been formulated through nominations received from renowned international organisations including OECD, the Open Government Partnership, USAID and others and finalised through experts’ research.
The list also includes personalities like Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, founder of the World Wide Web Tim Berners-Lee, Indian Minister for Electronics and IT Ravi Shankar Prasad and Taiwanese Minister for Digital Affairs Audrey Tang.
Apolitical, while issuing their list, stated that the people named on the list have demonstrated unprecedented success and visionary leadership in implementing digital government in their respective jurisdictions.
In their statement, issued on Friday, they also said that these people are significantly contributing to taking public services to people by harnessing digital technologies.
The UK Foreign Office, the European Commission, the government of Canada and the World Economic Forum are among the patrons and partners of Apolitical, a UK-based organisation.
It also offers a free platform helping public servants and their partners in more than 120 countries across the globe.