A meeting was held 11 AM on 3 April at the Meeting Room of Bangladesh Computer Council (BCS) to discuss on presentation of the country paper from Bangladesh in the ensuing UN World Summit on the Information Society (UN WSIS) Forum 2013 scheduled to be held in Geneva, Switzerland on May 13-17 this year.
The meeting was presided over by Mr. Mustafa Mohammad Faruq, MP Honorable Minister for the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MOICT), Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh. The participants discussed on participation and their prospective roles in the UN WSIS Forum. Among the discussants of the meeting, there were Mr. Ashfaq Hossain, Executive Director, Bangladesh Computer Council, Mr. Sushanta Kumar Saha, Joint Secretary (Admin. /ICT), Ministry of Information and Communication Technology, Mr. Md.Azizur Rahman, Managing Director, High-Tek Park, Mr. Nafiul Hasan, Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Post & Telecommunication, Mr. Kamaluddin Ahmed, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Science & Technology, Mr. Ashok Kumar Biswas, Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Mr. AHM Bazlur Rahman- S21BR, Chief Executive Officer Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication(BNNRC), M A Haque Anu, General Secretary, Bangladesh UN Internet Governance Forum(BIGF).
At the beginning, a paper on the recommendations –what can be done in WSIS 2013 – was presented by Mr.Tarek Abdullah, Senior System Analyst, Bangladesh Computer Council. The discussants reflected on the findings of the paper and proposed to send a team of representatives (comprising of GO-NGO members) to the Summit and organize a separate session on Bangladesh there. They mentioned that this Summit is a great opportunity to highlight the ICT potentials of Bangladesh. It has been decided to form a Working Committee by taking stakeholders from govt.and NGO sectors.
This Committee will take all preparatory steps to join the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum 2013. Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) strives for achieving Action line -9 ( The challenge to optimize the role of traditional media such as Public Service Broadcasters and Community Radios by embracing new media platform and user generated content in the emerged Internet areas) of UN World Summit on the Information Society (UN WSIS) Action Plan in Bangladesh.