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Nagaland inks MoU to setup e-GAN

Nagaland inks MoU to setup e-GAN
PB Acharya with dignitaries and resource persons at the e-Governance Summit. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, NOV 30 (NPN) | Publish Date: 11/30/2018 11:23:04 AM IST

Nagaland government Friday signed a five-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with e-Governance Academy of Estonia to provide advisory and technical knowledge for setting up of e-Governance Academy of Nagaland.

The objective of MoU is to work together to exchange knowledge and experience and to strengthen bilateral technical cooperation particularly in the fields of Information and Technology and e-Governance.

The agreement was signed during the ongoing edition of the e-Naga Summit, by department of IT&C commissioner and secretary KD Vizo and Arvo Ott director e-Governance Academy of Estonia.

Inaugurating the e-Naga Summit, Nagaland Governor, P.B. Acharya said that the world today relied on IT for easier access to information and services. He remarked that e-Naga Summit could be the right platform for bringing together IT experts from different countries, industries and central and state government officials. Through them, he said the state could build a knowledge-based society that would ultimately help in providing good governance.

He also maintained that young people could not only be innovators and creators but also future leaders, if they acquired right kind of skills and equip themselves to take up opportunities for job and wealth creation. Towards this end, he said, with the right policies in place and through extensive investments in human capital, the youth could be empowered to drive socio-economic development and increase the capability for wealth creation in the society and State.

Acharya insisted that investments must be made in skill development of youth in order to realise their full potential, besides making an effort to bring them back to make their State economically strong.

He said a new society was emerging in the 21st century where knowledge was the primary resource, instead of capital and labour, adding that Nagaland would have to balance the peculiar situation to catch up with rest of the world.

Stressing entrepreneurship as the need of the hour, Acharya suggested that Naga graduates coming out of universities should become entrepreneurs with financial backing from Mudra Bank.

In his keynote address, IT&C adviser Mmhonlumo Kikon observed that, whether in individual capacity or in collective capacity, one needed a vision to motivate others and put things into proper focus for achieving greater things.

He claimed that, keeping this in mind, the IT&C department was now having a vision to take care of many important issues like encouraging employment of youth, entrepreneurship, poverty elevation, promotion of higher education and so on.

He pointed out that the State government had brought out its own vision to make Nagaland an IT hub through setting up of world class business process outsourcing (BPO) and knowledge process outsourcing (KPO) for North-eastern region and South East Asia.

Kikon mentioned that the government intended to provide high internet bandwidth to every village panchayat, transform Nagaland into a digital society through transparency and accountability, enable all government departments to have an e-office to deliver services promptly through online system and bring about a comprehensive IT literacy initiative throughout the State.

Further, he said the government also envisaged to generate direct and indirect employment for at least one lakh local youth in IT and e-governance-related activities, promote knowledge-based economy and increase GDP of the State through use of information communication technologies (ICT) and IT services.

He mentioned that the IT&C department aimed at promoting electronic financial transactions using virtual bank branches operating from customer activated terminals, smart phones and other electronic accessories, besides ensuring cyber security, information security, prevention of data corruption and fraudulent practices.

The adviser asserted that the department would promote telemedicine, telemarketing and market supply chain through networking for retailers, distributors, warehouses, transporter, manufacturers, material suppliers, etc. 

He said it was also striving to ensure digitisation of all records and promote use of demographic database for determining age and sex composition, income levels, distribution of resources, regional disparities, incidence of diseases, life expectancy etc.

Kikon mentioned about conducting training programmes for government departments, schools, colleges, entrepreneurs and general citizens in IT for improving their skills to meet the challenges of knowledge economy and promote economic growth.

In his brief address, e-governance Academy of Estonia director Arvo Ott said the academy looked forward to give better life to citizens through IT.

Other resource persons of the summit were Sara Fernandes special, advisor to UN universisty (Portugual); SN Pradhan, jt. secretary DoNER; Anneia Kiirats, programme e-Governance Academy 

The programme was chaired by IT&C commissioner and secretary KD Vizo.


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