December 2008

Passport Seva Project: Expectations go up

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India is gearing up for a Public Private Partnership (PPP) model in a big way now. The recent tie up of the Tata Consultancy Services with the Ministry of External Affairs for the Passport Seva Project in the country is a live example of such a model. Bringing forth this trend of partnerships, egov is carrying an exclusive cover story on the  topic. PPP model is based on the virtue of shared risks and shared rewards. It is believed that it will foster development in every aspect and all other sectors are expected to follow suit. Speaking to egov magazine about cross sectoral governance, Phillipe Dongier from  the World Bank also stressed upon the signifi cant achievements of such partnerships across different countries in the world.

This issue also highlights the successful completion of Asia’s  Premier ICT event – eASIA 2008 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The conference cum exhibition with its fi ve seminal thematic tracks– egov, mServe, eHealth, Telecentre and Dgital
Learning was a major hit with participation of stakeholders audience from across the globe. This issue carries a special report on eASIA 2008.

The debate over Open Source Softwares (OSS) is been there for a while now. The ones in favor of the OSS have been promoting such software technology for its benefi ts over paid sources. We have a special section on ‘Open Source’ in this month’s issue, bringing the views of the major players from the private sector about the pros and cons of open source technology.

With the completion of this issue of egov, we have successfully marked another calender year in our kitty. Moving ahead with the confi dence gathered from the immense success of our 3rd Anniversary Special issue 2008, we are glad to inform you that we are coming up with the 4th Anniversary Special issue in the month of January 2009. This special issue will focus on views, ideas, opinions, and experiences of thought leaders and practitioners in the e-Governance arena across India and Asia. We are all set for our fourth anniversary issue with the dawn of the new year. Views, ideas and comments from our devoted readers for this special issue are welcome.

We would be glad to have your feedback on this issue of egov magazine.

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