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Hughes for providing e-Governance solutions to UP government

Satellite networking technology company Hughes Communication India is mulling the supply of e-Governance solutions to the Uttar Pradesh government and is currently into negotiations with it. Pranav Roach, Hughes’ Director, said, “The proposed solutions that we intend to provide could take the shape of IT enabled counters at government departments dealing directly with the people such as revenue records office. We can provide the medium by which the physical movement of official files can be minimised. Also, large amount of data can be transferred from one place to another in real time.”

Meanwhile, global majors such as Microsoft and Intel have already tied up with the UP government for a multi-dimensional partnership to help accelerate IT usage in the state.

ILFSL to launch job portal for Indian rural youths
India’s popular job portal naukri.com (http://www.naukri.com) and a private company Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services Limited (ILFSL) are entering into a joint venture to give the so-far-deprived unemployed rural youths an exclusive job portal, which would them to post their resumes and search for jobs on the website free of cost. The portal is expected to be launched in June 2006. Earlier, the ILFSL has also assisted the Indian government in its National e-Governance Plan (NeGP).

Dinesh Kumar Tyagi, CEO, Community Centre, ILFSL, said, “We approached officers of naukri.com with a proposal for providing job avenues to rural youths, who are not as fortunate as their urban counterparts when it comes to exploring job opportunities. Once the portal is launched, these village youths will also have easy access to various job openings. The website can be accessed from the one lakh Common Service Centres (CSCs) which are to be set up in several villages across the country as part of the
e-Governance plan. The job portal will bring about a social transformation in rural areas.”

Microsoft supporting Bahrain in furthering e-Government

The Kingdom of Bahrain is seeking help from the global IT major Microsoft to shape its e-Government strategy. Microsoft is also trying to help local businesses in Bahrain through training, share of expertise and creating an e-society in all vital sectors.

Sherif Bayoumi, newly-appointed Manager of Microsoft Bahrain, said, “We have signed a government agreement with Bahrain, which will support the Kingdom’s e-Government initiative. The Bahrain Government is also part of the Microsoft Government Security Programme and was one of the first in the region to take positive steps towards e-Government, and Microsoft supports them in their efforts. We are working with government community organisations in Bahrain to help local people and businesses.”

Thai e-Procurement firm Pantavanij eyeing top slot
Over the next three years Thailand’s first and largest e-Procurement company Pantavanij is mulling to enter into partnerships in a big way and intends to emerge as one of the top five players in the region. Tri Kanchanadul, Chief Executive Officer of Pantavanij, said,
“The world’s electronic procurement market is consolidating. We expect the number of e-Procurement players to fall to about five over the next three years due to mergers and acquisitions from 20 now. We want to be dominant player in China and in all the Asian markets.

And to pave a way for that goal, we have already talked with some players in the Philippines and South Korea, with a final conclusion on the plan likely within the year.”

Currently 210 billion e-Payments worldwide, to double by 2010
The annual number of e-Payment transactions is on the rise with about 210 billion transactions worldwide at present, and is expected to double by 2010, according to a study conducted by Global Insight Inc. and commissioned by ACI Worldwide. The study revealed that e-Payments continued to grow at an annual rate equal to four times the expected growth in real gross domestic product (GDP). Significantly, the study is being considered as the first econometric approach to forecasting global payments across countries representing 97% of the world’s GDP.

Various types of e-Payment mode ranging from ATM transactions to credit and debit card payments, direct debit, bill payments, large-value money transfers and bulk file transactions were examined during the study.

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