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USTDA SUPPORTS STATE E-GOVERNMENT INFRASTRUCTURE IN BRAZIL
USTDA Director Askey (left) and ETICE Director-President Paulo Alcântara Saraiva Leão (right) shake hands following the signing of a USTDA grant agreement to provide funding to help the State of Ceará in Brazil assess how to upgrade and consolidate its government data centers.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – (March 20, 2006) Improving the delivery of e-government services to citizens in the State of Ceará in Brazil is the goal of a U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) grant awarded today to the Empresa de Tecnologia da Informação do Ceará (“ETICE”). The $180,690 grant will be used to help the State of Ceará assess how to upgrade and consolidate its government data centers.
The grant was conferred in a ceremony held at USTDA headquarters. USTDA Director Thelma J. Askey formalized the agency’s support for the project by signing a grant agreement with ETICE Director-President Mr. Paulo Alcântara Saraiva Leão.
ETICE, a public company under the State Secretariat of Administration, is responsible for managing the state government’s information technology (IT) infrastructure. ETICE plans to create a modern, secure data center that will consolidate all of the state government’s “back-office” corporate IT infrastructure, such as corporate servers, storage, network equipment, software, and support and operational staff that share common functions. The USTDA-funded feasibility study will help the State of Ceará determine whether to implement the project under its public-private partnership legislation or a service contract.
The opportunity to conduct the study will be competed on the Federal Business Opportunities website at www.fedbizopps.gov. Interested U.S. firms should submit proposals according to the instructions contained in the Federal Business Opportunities announcement. ETICE will select the U.S. contractor that will perform the study.
The U.S. Trade and Development Agency advances economic development and U.S. commercial interests in developing and middle-income countries. The agency funds various forms of technical assistance, feasibility studies, training, orientation visits and business workshops that support the development of a modern infrastructure and a fair and open trading environment. USTDA’s strategic use of foreign assistance funds to support sound investment policy and decision-making in host countries creates an enabling environment for trade, investment and sustainable economic development. In carrying out its mission, USTDA gives emphasis to economic sectors that may benefit from U.S. exports of goods and services.