Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada
The department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (FATDC) is a department of the Canadian Government with a mandate of managing Canada’s diplomatic and consular relations, encouraging the country’s international trade and development, as well as providing humanitarian assistance. Prior to its consolidation within FATDC, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) funded the implementation of SIGTAS and the training of local tax administrators in Mali.
The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. The World Bank is not a bank in the ordinary sense but a unique partnership to reduce poverty and support development. STI is proud to have been selected to work on a number of Tax Administration projects for the World Bank.
The World Bank provides low-interest loans, zero to low-interest credits, and grants to developing countries. These support a wide array of investments in areas such as: education, health, public administration, infrastructure, financial and private sector development, agriculture, and environmental and natural resource management. Some projects are co-financed with governments, other multilateral institutions, commercial banks, export credit agencies, and private sector investors.
Department for International Development, United Kingdom
The Department for International Development (DFID) is a branch of the British Government, providing, among other things; international development assistance in the form of project financing. DFID funding was crucial for the implementation of the VAT system in Afghanistan.
DFID is a leader in the UK’s efforts to end extreme poverty. Their goal is to reduce the requirement for international aid by creating jobs, unlocking the potential of girls and women and helping to save lives when humanitarian emergencies occur. DFID spends nearly £1 billion a year on wealth creation programs in poor countries. These programs include financing through grants, loans and other financial instruments to cover activities such as: improving infrastructure, water sanitation, agricultural development and innovation.
African Development Bank Group
The African Development Bank, one of the 5 major development banks in Africa, is an important financial partner of STI. It provides financing for a number of STI’s projects in Africa. For example, AfDB financed the implementation of SIGTAS, our tax administration solution, at the Large Taxpayer Office of Madagascar. The Bank provides funding as a grant or as a concessional loan to the beneficiary countries who receive products and services from STI.
The overall objective of the AfDB group is to support the individual and collective economic development of African countries as well as to nurture social progress throughout Africa. To do this, they invest in public and private projects as well as in programs designed to reduce poverty and to improve living conditions. Fighting poverty is at the heart of the Bank’s efforts to assist the continent in establishing sustainable economic growth.
United Nations Office for Project Services
The United Nations Offices for Project Services (UNOPS) supports many projects around the world, including some of STI’s projects. For instance, a study on database integration in the field of human resources in Benin was commissioned by UNOPS.
UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peace-building, humanitarian and development projects around the world. UNOPS provides project management, procurement and infrastructure services to governments, donors and UN organizations, such as the Government of Haiti, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the UK Department for International Development (DFID).
Canadian Commercial Corporation
A Crown corporation of the Government of Canada, the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) acts as Canada’s international contracting and procurement agency. CCC is an important technical and financial partner for STI. The CCC is able to finance projects and significantly reduce the time between the expression of a client’s project needs and the implementation of a project. CCC is engaged with STI on an important project that proposes to implement smart water meters with an IT system in order to manage and invoice water consumption.
CCC connects international government buyers with Canadian expertise then facilitates and negotiates government-to-government contracts. Their strong relationships with international buyers and their access to Canada’s innovative industrial base put them in a unique position to promote international trade.
Export Development Canada
Export Development Canada is Canada’s export credit agency and is a major financial partner for STI. It insures the majority of STI’s international book of accounts receivables and allows STI to receive financing from Canadian Banks. EDC also supports STI by providing letters of guarantee to our international clients.
EDC’s mandate is to support and develop Canada’s export trade by helping Canadian companies respond to international business opportunities. They are a self-financing, Crown corporation that operates at arm’s length from the Government.
CRC Sogema Inc.
STI was originally the Information Technology (IT) Division of CRC Sogema Inc. While STI is now a separate and independent company, the business relationship between CRC Sogema and STI remains privileged due to the common heritage and the complementary nature of the services of both companies. When required, STI can draw upon the CRC Sogema’s professional resources. Similarly, CRC calls upon STI to provide technological expertise within their own projects.
Founded in 1984, CRC Sogema is a Canadian firm specializing in the management of international development projects in emerging and transitioning countries. CRC Sogema offers specialized advisory and technical assistance services for large scale projects with focus on the economic, social, and environmental sectors. It offers management consulting services in three fields of expertise: Education and Vocational Training, Environment and Sustainable Development and finally, Public Finance.
Cowater International Inc.
Founded in 1985, Cowater International Inc., a Canadian leader in management consulting having implemented over 400 projects in 65 countries and specializing in international development, is an important strategic partner complementing STI’s products and services with its unique skills and expertise in implementing projects.
Cowater specializes in public sector auditing and has internationally-recognized experience strengthening government auditing and accounting institutions. Its expertise and services focus on five areas: Public Financial Management and Accountability, Financial Institutions, Municipal Services, Social Development as well as Water, Sanitation and Environment.
STI partners with Oracle to bring customers one of the world’s best databases, as well as other Oracle products, such as Oracle Fusion middleware, Oracle Weblogic, Oracle Glassfish and Oracle Reports. Oracle has provided a SIGTAS architecture that has been designed to ensure reliability, security and high performance. Oracle products are highly flexible to handle any increase in the use of the system and a clustered architecture enables the addition of concurrent users as required.
STI partners with IBM to provide premium computing hardware such as the IBM® BladeCenter® series of servers. They are a two socket blade server ideal for a variety of workloads such as business applications, virtualization, IT and web infrastructure, point of sale and smart computing. The IBM® BladeCenter® series is frequently deployed at our customers as it is a versatile blade server offering performance for value with new levels of memory capacity, processor performance, and flexible configuration in addition to providing energy efficiency and density that customers may need.
IBM is a world leader in Information Technology Services, Software and Servers. Globally renowned, IBM is established in more than 170 countries.
STI is an IBM Partner World Member and the SIGTAS application is featured in the IBM Business Partner Application Showcase.
STI partners with Face Technologies to integrate identification systems with Tax Administration. These systems can range from small stand-alone identification systems to large integrated national identification (ID) systems.
Face Technologies provides biometric expertise and incorporates biometrics in ID solutions to ensure secure, credible and true identification for individuals. SIGTAS is integrated with Face’s Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS). This integration provides a complete solution containing everything necessary to set up complex identification applications; a high-speed matching engine, a fingerprint search-database management and a responsive client-server architecture.
Founded in 1993, Face has in excess of 15 years of experience in this specialized field. Face focuses on empowering businesses, organisations and governments to effectively identify personnel, clients and assets, and take pride in providing them with customized, seamless solutions.
STI partners with HVR software to provide high volume replication software supporting data logs for all changes in the databases. For example, the integration of SIGTAS with relational and BI databases. HVR simplifies the complex challenges of real-time data integration through an easy-to-use graphical user interface and an innovative architecture. Customers can set one or more standby environments and keep the standby systems in sync through real-time log-based capture. In the event of a power failure or hardware failure, the SIGTAS & HVR solution can mitigate, if not eliminate, the cost of downtime.
Teranet is a world-wide leader in electronic property title management. It was STI’s main Canadian partner in the Cadastral reform project (COMAP) in Lebanon. In such a role, Teranet provided the expertise and the personnel (property title management experts) for the automation of the 2 million Lebanese property titles, which were then loaded in our Integrated Title Registry System (ITRS).
Teranet’s network of online services provide access to Ontario’s Electronic Land Registration System, enabling customers to conduct online registrations, as well as title deed searches related to real property. Teranet also offers a complementary suite of value added solutions and services designed for the legal, real estate, government and financial services markets.
Business Machine Services Group s.a.r.l. of Lebanon
BML Istisharat was STI’s local partner on the Cadastral Reform Project in Lebanon (COMAP). As the main local facilitator, Istisharat provided the conversion centre, and staffed that centre with more than 100 people responsible for scanning the images of the 2 million Lebanese property titles. The scanned images were then digitalised and archived in the Title Registry System (ITRS).
Founded in 1972, BML Istisharat is one of the largest information technology firms in Lebanon. It is a recognized provider of Banking, Insurance and ERP software products. More than 60% of their revenues are derived from exports to the U.S., Western Europe and the Middle East. With more than 300 clients worldwide, including many Fortune 500 companies, BML Istisharat allows their clients to achieve their business goals through proven solutions.
IGEA, based in Slovenia, is specialized in Geographic Information Systems. GIS has always been the core expertise of its business activities since its establishment in 1989. IGEA is the privileged partner of STI for all cadastral and property title management projects in the Eastern European region.
In recent years, IGEA’s wealth of knowledge and experience has been upgraded into a comprehensive approach to also provide a wide range of consulting and technical services in real estate, infrastructure and space. IGEA’s vision is to offer a complete range of services and products within business processes related with space management. With such a wide scope of activities, IGEA’s expertise intertwines the natural and technical sciences with social sciences, favouring a transition into a society of knowledge.
Investissement Québec is one of STI’s privileged financial partners and plays a key role in the financing of the company. Their services provide STI financial flexibility and access to unique funding opportunities.
Investissement Québec’s mission is to contribute to economic development within the province and to support and encourage local business initiatives. Their services allow Quebec companies to grow, to develop R&D projects or to obtain working capital.