The changes in technology have paved the way for production to quadruple in just a couple of years and people, especially the younger generation, have adopted ICT very fast, said Finance Minister AMA Muhith, speaking as the chief guest at the programme. This is why the government chose information and communication technology for spearheading the country’s development, he told the event at the Le Méridien Dhaka hotel in the capital. He also thanked The Daily Star for organising the ceremony, where one individual and four local IT firms were awarded for their outstanding contributions to the country’s fast-growing ICT industry.
The event was organised in association with Microsoft Bangladesh Ltd, the country office of the world’s leading technology company, Brac Bank and Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS), an ICT-related trade body. Le Méridien was the hospitality partner.
Md Sabur Khan, an iconic ICT entrepreneur of the country who founded the Daffodil Family and has also garnered international acclaim, won the ICT Business Person of the Year award.
Of the winning firms, bagdoom.com, a leading online shop that took digital commerce to every corner of the country, received the Digital Commerce of the Year award.
Graphic People Limited got the ICT Solution Provider of the Year (International Market Focus) award.
The ICT Solution Provider of the Year (Local Market Focus) award went to Synesis IT Limited.
Shohoz.com, one of the fastest growing tech companies in the country, won the ICT Start-up of the Year award.
Syeda Kamrun Ahmed, co-founder of bagdoom.com; Geeteara Safiya Choudhury, chairperson of Graphic People Limited; Shohorab Ahmed Chowdhury, managing director of Synesis IT Limited; Maliha M Quadir, founder and managing director of Shohoz.com, and Md Sabur Khan, chairman of Daffodil International University (DIU) and Daffodil Family, received the awards from the finance minister.
The awards come at a time when Bangladesh saw considerable growth in information technology. The ICT landscape now includes numerous firms — both old and new — working tirelessly to deliver services to their customers.