In the year of 2016, 20th World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT) was held in the Brazilian capital city of Brasilia on 3 – 5 October. WICT has been organised by World Information and Technology Services Alliances (WITSA) on regular basis in each 2-year since 1978.
There were around 2,500 participants from around 82 countries; more than 60 internationally recognized speakers; estimated business generation was in the billions; and included the presence of top Brazilian and foreign government and private sector leaders in the WCIT 2016 Brasilia.
Co-ordinated by Bangladesh Computer Samity (BCS) with the support of ICT Division and ICT Business Promotion Council, a 23-member Bangladesh delegation comprising representatives from public and private sectors attended the WCIT 2016. There was a Bangladesh pavilion to showcase success stories on ‘Digital Bangladesh’, to invite investment in the High-Tech parks, to promote BPO and to get connected with the components of WCIT 2016. An agreement was signed between BCS and CISA on the first day of WCIT 2016. BCS President Ali Ashfak and CISA Chairman Yvonne Chiu signed the document. Among others, Yang Wei-Fuu, Taiwanese Vice Minister of Ministry of Economic Affairs along with his team members from Taiwan and from Bangladesh side, Md. Harunur Rashid, Additional Secretary, ICT Division, Fakir FirozAhmmad, Coordinator Business Promotion Council, Mahbooba Panna, Deputy Secretary, ICT Division, SubrataSarker, Secretary General of BCS,Md. Shahid Ul Munir, Director of BCS attended the signing ceremony and took part in the B2B & bilateral meetings.
The participation of Bangladesh in WCIT 2016 has brought few more prestigious achievements for the country. It is especially mentionable that former BCS President Sabur Khan has been re-elected as a member of WITSA Board of Directors and the Chairman of Global Trade Committee of WITSA at high level plenary session of WICT 2016 Brasilia. Repeating in the position of Chairman of Global Trade Committee Is a rare case in the history of WITSA that has dignified Bangladesh’s position in the World’s ICT arena. Further it is worthwhile to point out that, as the BCS nominated candidate Sabur Khan has been re-elected uncontested in this position.
Further on a success story of Bangladesh in the WCIT 2016 is that one of the software conglomerates of the country, namely the ATI Limited nominated by BCS won prestigious WITSA MERIT AWARD. Shaikh Abu Reza, Executive Director of ATI Ltd received the award at a Gala Dinner and WITSA Awards Ceremony of WCIT 2016 Brasilia, where most of the delegation members of Bangladesh were present.
Participation in the WCIT 2016 bringing together global leaders in business, government and academia from over 80 countries, the ICT Division of Bangladesh government in conjunction of BCS had few priorities and objectives, such as, i) to get involved with activities of arranging WCIT 2021 that BCS will host this event in 2021, ii) to facilitate the Bangladesh IT/ITEs to get access to the global exchange of ideas and policies on ICT as well as networking between ICT players, and iii) to impact economic and social development through the exchange of policies, practices, trends and ideas on ICT.