Afro-Asian eGov Practitioners Knowledge Exchange

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A delegation of seventeen international e-governance practitioners from thirteen countries of Asia and Africa visited Elets Technomedia Private Limited Head Office in Noida, on 17th September, 2012. The one-day visit seeks to engage, explore, and exchange knowledge with the Indian agencies as part of their fifteen days training programme hosted by the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), Noida. The participants were from Congo, Madagascar, Gambia, Sudan, Nigeria, Tanzania, South Africa, Palestine, Bhutan, Nepal, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Mongolia. The visit strives to further establish, strengthen and leverage initiatives that promote e-governance.

Speaking about their experience, the delegation mentioned that they seek to learn and exchange knowledge and skills to further strengthen the e-governanace initiatives in their respective countries. The team had an exceptional understanding of e-governance initiatives in their country and shared some of them. In Nepal, the Government of Nepal is using the technology extensively for improving the Police department. They have dedicated FM Channel and traffic updates.

In Nigeria, the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency (SMEDA) has started documenting various small and medium enterprises (SMEs) across the country. The United Republic of Tanzania is implementing the e-Governance programmes in Land, Finance, Human Resource Development and Parliament. The programme is supported by the Government of Israel and United Kingdom.

The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC), South Africa is leveraging technology for reducing road accident and improves road safety. The Kingdom of Bhutan is implementing the Office Automation System (OAS) to improve efficiency and setting up rural knowledge centre for providing last mile connectivity.

It was evident from the interaction with the delegate from Madagascar that the Republic of Madagascar has a comprehensive National e-Governance Plan 2005 with the twin objectives of improving the administration and citizen participation.

The delegation was also introduced to the various efforts being undertaken by Elets Technomedia for promoting knowledge exchange including the publications, eINDIA, eASIA, etc. The delegation has shared their appreciation and the need for such efforts in their countries and region.

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