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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 multidimensional 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  ortal 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 s t r a t e g y . 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 inthe 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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