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ADB funds for e-initiative in Assam, India

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The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has given a proposal to provide technical assistance for deploying innovative ICT skills for supporting the e-governance initiative in Assam (India).

The Republic of Korea e-Asia and Knowledge Partnership Fund will provide the technical assistance of worth US$ 500,000, which has been provided to the ADB. The technical assistance is scheduled to be implemented within a 10-month period from November to August 2008. The main purpose of the e-Asia programme is to empower the capacity of developing member countries and provide technical assistance for promoting ICT and closing the digital divide, especially through national and regional strategies. In this context, cost innovative technologies, like broadband access network or wireless network, can be considered as appropriate technology solutions. This will enable and expedite the e-government and e-rural development process in an effective and efficient manner. The technical assistance will help Dispur reduce the digital divide by expanding the Assam State Wide Area Network for e-governance delivery. The programme includes rural area initiatives relating to agriculture, land records and registration and improvement of ICT accessibility and development of e-governance applications in accordance with the roadmap to be identified by the e-government masterplan.

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