Minister Zunaid Ahmed Palak, the State Minister for Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology, has received the United Nations' World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Award for 2024. He was awarded in the category of "Building confidence and security in the use of ICTs" for the creation of Bangladesh Computer Council's Secure Video Conferencing System (BOITHOK) this year. 

He received the award in Geneva, Switzerland on Tuesday. Expressing gratitude to all the young innovators and programmers who contributed to the creation of the video conferencing system, Minister Palak stated that the 'BOITHOK' developed by the Bangladesh Computer Council, initiated by the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, has become an essential platform for us.

Under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and the guidance of ICT Advisor Sajeeb Wazed Joy, Bangladesh has achieved successful implementation of digital initiatives in a very short time. The success of Digital Bangladesh is ensuring the successful implementation of information technology by our young innovators.

It's worth mentioning that out of 1049 projects and initiatives submitted from various countries worldwide, 360 projects were shortlisted for open voting. Each category selects multiple initiatives or projects through voting to declare a champion, among which one is announced as the winner. This year, 18 projects were announced as winners, and 72 projects were recognized as champions.

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