Iraqi Team in Bangalore to Observe e-Gov Projects

A 20-member delegation from Iraq, led by its Science and Technology Minister Abdul Kareem El-Samarai, is in Bangalore, the tech hub, for a firsthand account of the e-Governance projects being used for community development and as an interface between the government and citizens.

The delegation, on a three-day study tour since Tuesday, 19th April 2011, in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Centre for Internet & Society, visited multi-specialty hospital Narayana Hrudayalaya to learn about tele-medicine services, which provide healthcare in remote villages using information and communication technology (ICT).

“The e-governance projects and ICT practices employed for citizen services and community development in India could be a useful guide in developing a strategy for e-governance in our country,” Deputy Iraqi Science and Technology Minister Samir Salim Raouf said in a statement.

The delegation, comprising officials and experts from various fields, also visited the Azim Premji Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation set up by IT bellwether Wipro's Chairman Azim Premji. The delegation wanted to gain insight into the foundation's efforts to reform school education across the country through ICT and modern management practices.

The delegation, which is a part of the 'Building e-Iraq National e-Governance Strategy' of the Iraqi government, is moving to New Delhi on Friday, 22nd April 2011, for studying similar projects of the central government.