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NSDL e-Governance to take Aadhaar-like identification projects to Africa, South Asia, and Middle East: report

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NSDL e-Governance, the private registrars for Aadhaar and PAN card applications, will soon begin similar identification projects in certain African, Middle East, and South Asian countries, reported the Economic Times. This will be done as a joint venture with Sterling & Wilson, an Indian infrastructure firm that is already working on projects in Africa, South Asia and the Middle East. The project is part of NSDL e-Governance’s larger offshore expansion plans, which include providing data service solutions to countries looking to start their own unique identification and tax registry projects. Since this is a turnkey project, NSDL e-Governance and Sterling & Wilson will build a fully-equipped service facility that will be sold to a pre-agreed buyer once it is ready to become operational.

Gagan Rai, managing director and CEO of NSDL e-Governance, said that representatives from both companies would soon reach out to authorities in the chosen countries to outline the contracts and begin the first phase of projects. The two are also considering public private partnership models, the report said, citing Prasanna Sarambale, CEO, Data Center business at Sterling & Wilson.

NSDL e-governance and Sterling and Wilson had entered a joint venture in May 2019 to provide e-governance IT solutions in Africa, the Middle East and South Asia. Rai told ET that NSDL e-governance would provide financial and technical infrastructure, while Sterling & Wilson would provide physical infrastructure.

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