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Other government bodies facilitating ICT development in Nepal include the HLCIT, an apex body formed in 2003 responsible for oversight and policy guidance for development of ICT sector, Nepal Telecommunication Authority (NTA) which is the regulatory body for telecommunications including ISPs responsible for licensing and the National Information and Technology Center (NITC) which is tasked with operating the Rural Telecom Development Fund (RTDF).
HLCIT in collaboration with Winrock International launched the first Rural Information Gateway Portal (hereafter, portal) in June 2008.
All of the Tele-centres that were being supported exclusively by the HLCIT reported providing basic services such as phone, internet, photocopy, scanner and printer (3).
Open Knowledge Network Project (OKNP) is a multi-stakeholder partnership formed among HLCIT, ENRD, Internet Service Providers Association of Nepal (ISPAN), MPP, One World South Asia (OWSA), Delhi and READ with a goal of promoting local content in the Nepali language5.
As reported in the Sub-Regional Workshop on "Empowering the Rural Community through Community e-Center" that was convened in 2008, formation of sub-committees under Rural Telecom Coordination Committees at the HLCIT on policy, content and baseline/mapping, and consideration of incentives for Tele-centre operators including tax breaks (MoIC, 2009) are encouraging policy developments that lend support to the variety of Tele-centre initiatives that are taking place in rural areas.
As part of the collaboration, IBM and HLCIT will also establish an Open Innovation Resource Center in Nepal.
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