JOINT WORKING GROUP (JWG) ON INFORMATION SOCIETY
Potential of cooperation exists in the area of E-Governance and Information and Technology (IT) for development. This is a case of cooperation among equals. Focuses are on exchanging experiences and learning from each other in using IT for development and e-governance. India has made a number of applications in e-governance and for rural development. These could be shared with Brazil and South Africa. There could be similar experiences of new applications in Brazil and South Africa that could be useful for India. To address the common challenges and to enhance the cooperation in this field, Joint Working Group on Information Society was a separate Working Group later merged with Joint Working Group on Science and technology was created.
During various JWG meetings Synergy in the capacities in the areas of E-Governance, capacity building, local content development and e-health was sought. The three countries organized various Workshops to exchange information under the cooperation in Information Society. The Joint Action Plan 2006-07 and 2008 were formulated by the
JWG included the following initiatives: IBSA website, Digital inclusion- sharing experiences, IBSA ICT Forum, Total Quality Data Management, and Interoperability Standards for
Governmental Information Systems. The Framework Agreement for cooperation in Communications and Information Technology between India, Brazil and South Africa was signed on 13
September 2006 during the first IBSA summit. Various activities undertaken by JWG are
• Measurement of e-Readiness in IBSA countries;
• IBSA web site;
• E-Governance Standards and Data Quality Management – India had organized a Technical Seminar on ‘Standards in e-Government and Quality of Data’ in October 2008 at India;
• IBSA Digital Inclusion Awards – India had identified the ‘On-Line Public Distribution System of Chhattisgarh State Government that was awarded Gold Award under this scheme in
2008-09 in the category of ‘Excellence in Government Process Re-Engineering’.
• Exchange of e-governance applications and Evaluation of feasibility to establish a consortium on open source application and framework and
• Free and Open Source Software (FOSS), Quality Assurance in e-Governance, E-Readiness Indicators and Assessment Methodology.