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Indonesia wins 12 awards at WSIS 2018 forum in Geneva

Indonesia’s 12 initiatives in information and communication technology won awards from the United Nations during the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum 2018 in Geneva, according to the Antara news agency.

ndonesia’s 12 initiatives in information and communication technology won awards from the United Nations during the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum 2018 in Geneva (Source: ITU)

ndonesia’s 12 initiatives in information and communication technology won awards from the United Nations during the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum 2018 in Geneva (Source: ITU)

The Indonesia-based news agency reported on March 22 that the awards were given to Indonesian Ambassador to the UN Hasan Kleib by the UN’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU) during the WSIS 2018 Forum. The event took place in Geneva, Switzerland from March 19-23.

Receiving the awards, Kleib said he hopes that they would boost the development of IT in Indonesia. "In 2017, Indonesia had received four awards, and this year, we won 12 of them. This is incredible that our innovation in information and communication technology has been highly lauded by the UN," Kleib remarked.

As a forum for sharing updates and innovation on information and communication technology, the WSIS has regularly awarded initiatives in 18 categories. Before receiving the awards, these initiatives had been carefully reviewed by experts from around the world.

For the "Government Portal for Viralable Public Policy Communication" category, the award was presented to the "Indonesiabaik.id" website, Antara said.

The other awards are from the categories of E-Health, E-Employment, E-Agriculture, Capacity Building, Access to Information & Knowledge, Information & Communication Infrastructure, as well as the Role of Government and All Stakeholders in the Promotion of ICTs for Development.

In the past years, the UN had awarded prizes at the WSIS to all its members from around the world in a bid to support the programmes to accelerate the realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals.-VNA

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