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IBM to support Nepal in it’s vision


ARMONK, N.Y. and KATHMANDU, Nepal – 30 Jul 2009: IBM (NYSE: IBM) and the High Level Commission for Information Technology (HLCIT), Government of Nepal today announced a long-term cooperation and collaboration in developing policy, frameworks, research and solutions to support Nepal’s vision of being a smart country. IBM will create an innovation policy to help the Government of Nepal achieve its development goals specific to e-government transformation and IT sector development, as well as key infrastructure and IT skills capacity building.

HLCIT will establish an Innovation & Smarter Planet Task Force, to be chaired by the Vice Chairman, HLCIT and with representation from key stakeholders. IBM will assume a key role in the task force and will extend the company’s domain expertise in helping run National Innovation Initiatives and Smarter Planet policy reviews.
“We are confident that this collaboration will pave way for the Government of Nepal to reorient their structures, information technology and policies around the citizens they serve. At IBM, our resolve is to extend our expertise in helping HLCIT build a framework interconnecting dynamically with citizens, communities and businesses in real time to spur growth, innovation and progress,” said Sanjiv Pande, Vice President, Emerging Markets, IBM India/South Asia.

Any opportunities that we can present to developing economies, whether it’s in terms of new markets, new businesses or improved efficiency has to be a good thing, interesting to see IBM collaborating with the Government of Nepal, I’m off to read up more.  I wonder what range of technologies and services will be deployed and in what schemes they will be used, could we see further investment/encouragement of technologies, data centers or cloud opportunities in the region?

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