World News: July 2011

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New ICT Projects Announced in Algeria

Algerian ICT minister Moussa Benhamadi has announced a number of IT projects aimed at democratising the use of the internet across the country.

One of these, the “1 PC per family” initiative will initially target teachers and their pupils. It will involve the provision of computers, broadband internet and training, paid through specific financing mechanisms. It will then be extended to health care facilities, with those located in the more populous north of the country sharing best practice with those in the south.

A convention is being drafted in collaboration with the health ministry including a pilot telemedicine project to connect via a hospital in each of the 10 southern districts (wilayas) via dedicated broadband link with a counterpart in the north.

Its aim is to enable southern doctors to make diagnoses in consultation with those in the coastal cities. The government has also launched an ICT training project aiming to support 1 million residents of all ages and social status, in partnership with the professional training ministry. Several training centres will be established and financed through an existing ICT development fund.

Manmohan Singh Inaugurates C-DAC’s Centre of Excellence

The India-Tanzania Centre of Excellence (CoE)was recently inaugurated in Tanzania recently.

It has been implemented by city-based Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC).

The CoE will offer diploma and certificate courses targeted towards students from varied backgrounds who aspire to make a successful career in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) industry.

The CoE was inaugurated by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Dar Es Salaam. The aim of the centre is to promote ICT in Tanzania, a statement released by the C-DAC said.

Bahrain to Introduce 70 e-Services in a Year

Seventy new electronic projects are to be launched in Bahrain in the next few years, it was declared by Deputy Prime Minister and Supreme Committee for Information and Communication Technology Chairman Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa.
He said the move would allow everyone to communicate and interact direcly with government departments through social and technical channels.

Shaikh Mohammed was speaking while opening the fourth Bahrain International eGovernment Forum at the Isa Cultural Centre, in Juffair.

The Deputy Prime Minister said Bahrain had taken a giant leap towards eGovernment excellence and had positioned itself as one of the leading players in the field.

Bahrain Civil Service Bureau Goes Hi-tech

The Civil Service Bureau (CSB) has activated online services in cooperation with the Electronic Government Authority. “The CSB stopped issuing the traditional paper statements and launched the e-salary service in November 2009”. IT Systems Director Ahmed Abdulrahman Al-Matawa said.  The cyber system has since then been expanded to cover all ministries. “The essential aim is to reduce the costs of printing, transportation and distribution and ensure the expedite issuance of e-salary and job-related data”,  He said. New innovative services are being developed to benefit employees via the E-Government gate, SMS and other technological means.

Biometric Access for Foreigners in Malaysia

Malaysia is all set to use biometric system on foreigners entering the country from next month, the Immigration Department has informed. However, Persons with Disabilities (OKU) and children below 12 years of age would be exempted from the system. For a start, the system would be installed at 61 of the 96 entry points into the country and the rest by end of the year, he told reporters here.

In another development, he said the department would introduce a system for Malaysians to renew their passports through its website. It was now being carried out in Klang Valley and would be expanded to other areas next month.

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