India to aid Uzbekistan in e-Governance

The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its nod to a preliminary agreement between India and Uzbekistan that seeks to promote bilateral cooperation in the field of e-Governance

February 6, 2019

The deal aims to promote cooperation in e-Governance, IT education, implementation of e-Governance products and devices for various sectors, setting up of data centers, among others

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has been promoting international cooperation in information communications technology (ICT) under bilateral and regional ties

Since its 2015 launch, the ‘Digital India’ campaign has made a wide range of governmental services available electronically, thus aiding equitable and sustainable socio-economic growth

Owing to improving relations, last year, India and Uzbekistan signed several agreements related to drug trafficking, law and justice, tourism, agriculture, pharmaceutical R&D and healthcare

The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its nod to a preliminary agreement between India and Uzbekistan that seeks to promote bilateral cooperation in the field of e-Governance. The agreement aims to promote close cooperation in the areas of e-Governance, IT education, implementation and roll-out of generic configurable e-Governance products and devices for various sectors, development of data centers, among other projects. The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has been mandated to promote international cooperation in the emerging and frontier areas of information communications technology (ICT) under bilateral and regional framework.

Hence, the Government has entered into agreements with state agencies of various nations to promote exchange of information in identified areas. Herein, since its 2015 launch, the ‘Digital India’ campaign has made a wide range of governmental services available electronically, thus aiding equitable and sustainable socio-economic growth. India’s rapidly growing online space, powered by steady network expansion and smartphone penetration, has further strengthened the initiative. ‘Digital India’ has also supported the launch of a number of national initiatives, from those offering affordable mass healthcare and banking services for all to the ones bringing improved transparency in financial transactions.

Owing to improving relations, in September 2018, India and Uzbekistan had signed several agreements pertaining to the fields of drug trafficking, law and justice, tourism, agriculture, pharmaceutical R&D and healthcare. The deals came weeks after External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj visited three countries in Central Asia – Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan as part of the Government’s efforts to strengthen ties with its extended neighbourhood. Bilateral ties amid India and Uzbekistan have been strengthened by regular high-level diplomatic exchanges. Meanwhile, trade between the two nations has strengthened on the back of improved ties, rising 51 per cent year-over-year to US$234.4 million during 2017-18.