|An exhibit at NICT 2013 in Guwahati. Picture by UB Photos
Guwahati, Sept. 5: The ninth edition of the Northeast Information & Communication Technology (NICT 2013) exposition that gets under way here from tomorrow will showcase the services offered under the Centre’s National e-Governance Plan (NeGP), which is aimed at making all government services accessible to everyone in his/her locality.
“The highlight of the ninth edition will be the showcasing of the services offered under the Centre's National e-Governance Plan (NeGP) at our exhibition. This edition has also received strong support from the SME (small and medium enterprises) sector,” said ABP Limited managing director and CEO and NICT chairman D.D. Purkayastha.
NeGP aims to make all government services affordable, efficient, transparent and reliable and accessible to everyone through common service delivery outlets.
The two-day event, being organised under the banner of The Telegraph at Hotel Vishwaratna here, is an annual B2B platform that brings together IT and business leaders, policymakers, academicians and IT enthusiasts of the Northeast with an aim to showcase the region’s potential to investors. It has also been instrumental in catalysing a new pace of development in the region.
The department of information technology, government of Assam, and Amtron are partners in the event themed, Enabling the Northeast. The exposition, comprising a two-day conference and an exhibition, is aimed at making the region’s business community IT-enabled.
While the exhibition will focus on IT products and services, banking and financial solutions and e-governance services, among others, some areas considered most relevant to the Northeast, including connectivity to help drive economic growth for the region, understanding experts’ perspectives on doing business in the region, fuelling the economy through an IT-enabled drive, vision towards a digital Northeast and the importance of entrepreneurship for inclusive growth, will be discussed at the conference.
Speakers and participants will include industry, government and knowledge leaders from the Assam government, Amtron, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, SAP India, Sahaj e-Village and Sify Technologies, among others. Around 250 delegates are expected to attend the event.
Assam health and education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, panchayat and rural development minister Rakibul Hussain, parliamentary secretary (finance) Mansing Rongpi, besides Assam department of information technology principal secretary Rajiv Kumar Bora and Amtron chairman Md Mohibul Haque will attend the event on the inaugural day.
Recalling the exposition’s journey and contributions since the first edition in 2005, Purkayastha said Amtron, a state government undertaking, in its annual review had acknowledged the positive impact the event had had on the IT sector of the Northeast. “Our objective was to create IT awareness in the Northeast and alleviate the living standard of the people through IT. Amtron’s acknowledgement of our effort proves we are on the right track. We must also thank chief minister Tarun Gogoi and his government for having relentlessly inspired us year after year. That we are into our ninth year and also taken NICT to Tripura and Meghalaya during this time proves there are opportunities for the IT sector in the Northeast. The Telegraph was, is and will remain committed to the people of Northeast by helping facilitate development through IT,” he said.