Bhutan received the Asian-Oceanian Computing Industry Organisation (ASOCIO) Digital government award at the ICT summit last month ​in​ ​Taiwan for Information and Communications technology (ICT) initiatives that had been undertaken in the country.

ASOCIO is an ICT federation organised by ICT associations comprising of 31 economies throughout Asia.

The event is organised every last quarter of the year in different member economies annually. The summit is recognised as one of the region’s high-powered Information Technology (IT) forum, providing platforms for government and industry to exchange information and develop closer relationship. It also identifies new business opportunities.

ASOCIO recognises and awards individuals, firms and government for remarkable transformation in ICT. The award was presented during the summit, which was held from September​ 11 -13.

In order to achieve this award, some of the key initiatives reflected were ICT for good governance and national broadband master plan, government intranet, Bhutan Computer Incident Response Team (BtCIRT), and e-government interoperability framework (e-GIF).

A press release from the Department of Information Technology and Telecom (DITT) stated initiatives such as ICT enabling and shared national consciousness which are Druk Research and Education Network (Druk REN), Trans Eurasia Information Network (TEIN), community centres and e-waste management.

It also stated ICT as a key enabler for sustainable economic development such as digital money, ICT industry development initiative and international redundancy for Bhutan.

Information and communications minister DN Dhungyel said, “Such an award reinforces us to further work hard to strive for digital enabled society. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to ASOCIO for recognising our effort.”

The president of Bhutan ICT and Training Association (BICTTA), Phub Gyeltshen, received the award on behalf of the information and communications ministry. The award has played a vital role in branding Bhutan as an ICT hub, the press release stated.

Rinchen Zangmo


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