CGI Group Inc. (TSX: GIB.A) (NYSE: GIB), a leading provider of information technology (IT) and business process services, today announced it has signed an agreement with Quebec's Department of Justice. Under the terms of this five-year agreement, valued at $24.9 million, CGI will be responsible for the development, operation and upgrading of the technology systems and infrastructures of the department’s Direction des registres et de la certification (DRC).
CGI will be entrusted with a number of consulting, development and upgrade mandates related to the DRC's four public registers. It will also be responsible for managing the DRC’s public key infrastructure (ICPG), which is used by many government departments and agencies to secure electronic transactions. In addition, CGI will provide technical support for the DRC's technology infrastructures.
The quality and performance of electronic services is crucial to the DRC’s mission. As such, CGI will serve as its web solutions expert to help improve its client service levels.
Overall, this agreement will support the DRC in executing its strategic plan by advancing the development of its services. Companies and individuals using its services will benefit from the implementation of state-of-the-art technologies. "We are proud to continue our collaboration with the Ministère de la Justice and thereby provide residents of Quebec and elsewhere with access to reliable, user-friendly registers," affirmed Claude Marcoux, CGI's Senior Vice-President and General Manager, Quebec.
About the DRC
The primary mission of the Direction des registres et de la certification (DRC) of the Ministère de la Justice is to contribute to the security of transactions relating to personal and moveable real rights as well as of certain property rights and to promote the greater transparency of democratic institutions by maintaining government registers: the Register of personal and moveable real rights (RDPRM) (www.rdprm.gouv.qc.ca), the Registry of lobbyists (www.lobby.gouv.qc.ca), the Register of Commissioners for Oaths (http://www.assermentation.justice.gouv.qc.ca/), and the Register of letters patent for land (http://www.lettresfoncieres.justice.gouv.qc.ca/). The DRC also administers the certification service of the government public key infrastructure (www.infocles.justice.gouv.qc.ca) and is responsible for the electronic delivery of some 30 services in about 80 government departments and agencies.
Founded in 1976, CGI Group Inc. is one of the largest independent information technology and business process services firms in the world. CGI and its affiliated companies employ approximately 31,000 professionals. CGI provides end-to-end IT and business process services to clients worldwide from offices and centers of excellence in Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia Pacific. As at June 30, 2011, CGI's annualized revenue was approximately $4.2 billion and its order backlog was approximately $12.7 billion. CGI shares are listed on the TSX (GIB.A) and the NYSE (GIB) and are included in both the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and the FTSE4Good Index. Website: www.cgi.com.
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