CGI Group Inc. (NYSE: GIB; TSX: GIB.A), a leading provider of information technology and business process services, today announced it has signed a three-year, $16.5 million agreement with Quebec's department of justice. Under the terms of the agreement, CGI will be responsible for the operation, development, upgrading, back-up, recovery and management support of the technological infrastructures and systems of the Direction des registres et de la certification (DRC). Over the life of the contract, some 50 CGI professionals will work with the DRC.
CGI will be entrusted with a number of development and optimization projects for the DRC's four public registers. It will also handle upgrading and operating the public key infrastructure (infrastructure à clés publiques gouvernementale or ICPG) used by many government departments and agencies to assure the security of their electronic transactions. The ICPG offers government departments and agencies as well as users of online services secure transactions through an electronic signature and the encryption of documents. This solution ensures that data is both complete and confidential.
CGI will also be responsible for the technical support of the DRC's IT infrastructures and their back-up and recovery at specialized facilities. And finally, the DRC will draw on CGI's management consulting expertise.
By contributing to the development of DRC services, this agreement with CGI will allow the Direction to pursue the deployment of its strategic plan. Businesses and citizens who use its services will thus benefit from the leading-edge technologies that will be implemented. "We are proud to continue our collaboration with the Ministère de la Justice and in doing so contribute to providing excellent services to citizens in Quebec and beyond," 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 a number of property rights and to participate in providing greater transparency of government institutions by maintaining registers that include the Register of personal and moveable real rights (RDPRM) (www.rdprm.gouv.qc.ca), Registry of lobbyists (www.lobby.gouv.qc.ca), Register of Commissioners for Oaths (www.assermentation.justice.gouv.qc.ca) and the Registre des lettres patentes foncières. The DRC also administers the certification service of the public key infrastructure (www.infocles.justice.gouv.qc.ca) and is responsible for the electronic delivery of some 20 services in approximately 30 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 25,000 professionals. CGI provides end-to-end IT and business process services to clients worldwide from offices in Canada, the United States, Europe, Asia Pacific as well as from centers of excellence in North America, Europe and India. CGI's annual revenue run rate stands at $4.0 billion and at December 31, 2008, CGI's order backlog was $11.4 billion. CGI shares are listed on the TSX (GIB.A) and the NYSE (GIB) and are included in the S&P/TSX Composite Index as well as the S&P/TSX Capped Information Technology and MidCap Indices. Website: www.cgi.com.
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