Apolitical, a Global Public Policy Think Tank, publishes a list titled ‘World’s 100 Most Influential People in Digital Government’. Among others Bangladesh’s ICT State Minister Zunaid Ahmed Palak MP appears in this prestigious list. Notable personalities in this list include Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, founder of the world wide web (www) Tim Berners-Lee, Indian Minister for Electronics and IT Ravi Shankar Prasad and Taiwanese Minister for Digital Audrey Tang. According to Apolitical, the people included in this list have demonstrated unprecedented success and visionary leadership in implementing digital government in their respective jurisdictions. They are significantly contributing in taking public services at the door step of the general mass by harnessing digital technologies. Full list can be seen at https://apolitical.co/lists/digital-government-world100/

The UK Foreign Office, European Commission, Government of Canada and World Economic Forum are among the patrons and partners of Apolitical, a UK based organization. They also offer a free platform helping public servants and their partners in more than 120 countries across the globe. State Minister Palak is placed in this inaugural list of top 100 people. In formulating this list, nominations were received from renowned international organizations including OECD, the Open Government Partnership, USAID, etc. that is finalized through rigorous research by experts.

“People working in digital governments often go unrecognized by the wider public, yet the work they do is vital as both the opportunities and risks of digital technologies increase. The people who are listed here are the incredible champions in their respective domains.”

In 2016, Zunaid Ahmed Palak MP was nominated Young Global Leader (YGL) by World Economic Forum (WEF), an international organization for public-private cooperation. Every year WEF publishes a list of below 40 years most promising leaders in the world as YGL.

In reaction Palak said, “This is a global recognition of the successes achieved by Bangladesh in its journey towards realizing a digital government as an integral part of establishing Digital Bangladesh under the visionary leadership of Honorable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her ICT Affairs Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy.”

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