The first ever Digital Innovation Fair for 3 days begins in the city?yesterday with a view to encouraging people to use Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for building a ‘Digital Bangladesh’.The fair is a step towards providing extensive citizen services to citizen. Through the fair, citizens will be aware of the extensive e-services at their doorsteps. Also, citizens will be benefited in terms of reduced transaction time.
Ministry of Science and Information and Communication Technology and Access to Information Programme of the Prime Minister’s office are jointly organising the fair.
The fair will remain open to public from 10:00am to 8:00pm daily up to Saturday.
President Zillur Rahman and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have issued separate messages on the occasion of the fair.
In his message, Zillur said the role of information and communication technology is of paramount importance in modern human civilisation.
“The present government, under the able and dynamic leadership of Hasina, has taken timely initiative to build an IT-based Digital Bangladesh by 2021,” the President said.
In her message, Hasina said the government has taken the programme to reach the services of ICT to the doorsteps of people to build a Digital Bangladesh by 2021.
“There is no scope to keep away from technology in present days. Technology will have to be used for the welfare of mankind and bringing dynamism and transparency in trade and commerce and administration,” she said.
Access to Information Programme (AIP) Foundation was established on October 23, 1996 in Sofia, Bulgaria by journalists, lawyers, sociologists, and economists who work in the area of human rights. They joined efforts to promote the right to information and initiate a public debate on related issues.
Access to Information Programme Foundation is a non-governmental organization registered by the Sofia City Court
Reg. #13 849/96. Since Oct. 30, 2002, AIP is in the Register of Organizations Working in Public Interest at the Ministry of Justice with Reg. # 20021030027.
The mission of AIP is to facilitate implementation of Article 41 of the Bulgarian Constitution which establishes the right of information:
(1) Everyone shall be entitled to seek, obtain and disseminate information. This right shall not be exercised to the detriment of the rights and reputation of others, or to the detriment of national security, public order, public health and morality.
(2) Citizens shall be entitled to obtain information from state bodies and agencies on any matter of legitimate interest to them which is not a state or official secret and does not affect the rights of others.
In 2005, the Atlas Economic Research Foundation recognized Access to Information Programme with two of the most prestigious awards for establishing and promoting the principles of democracy and market economy: The Templeton Freedom Prize for Ethics and Values and The Templeton Freedom Award for Institute Excellence. The Awards were presented to AIP Executive Director, Gergana Jouleva, PhD at the Fifth Freedom Forum, organized by the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, USA.
The goals of AIP are:
? To encourage individual and public demand for information through civic education in-the-right-to-know area,
? To work for transparency of government at different levels, advocating a more open supply of information,
? To facilitate the execution of the right to know.
Access to Information Programme is a co-founder and member of the International Freedom of Information Advocates Network (FOIAnet)
Access to information Programme is a founding member of the European Civil Liberties Network
Access to Information Programme is an associate member of the European Citizen Action Service
Access to Information Programme is a member of network The Access Initiative the
Access to Information Programme is a member of the Network of Democracy Research Institutes