Cutting the red tape

Singapore eGovernment Services Alliance is at GITEX Technology Week to bring best eGovernment practices from Singapore to the Middle East.

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By  Administrator Published  September 11, 2007

Singapore eGovernment Services Alliance is at GITEX Technology Week to bring best eGovernment practices from Singapore to the Middle East. The five-company consortium specialises in simplifying and translating government data to facilitate policy making in the private sector.

According to the consortium, Singapore is ranked number two in the world in terms of adoption of eGovernment with a total of 1600 solutions implemented in its public sector to date. Himmat Singh, director of alliance management at Singapore eGovernment Services Alliance, says it is building on its success in Singapore to develop services in Middle Eastern governments.

The alliance recently completed a US$46m project with the government of Saudi Arabia to facilitate trade declarations. The alliance claims that by implementing a solution which moves processes onto one single platform, it has assisted government practices to such an extent that processes which previously took two to three weeks can now be carried out in the space of ten minutes.

"We're trying to help and make things easier for governments in the Middle East," says Singh. "GITEX has been very successful for us, the quality of visitors is really good and there's a lot of top executives from big organisations looking to do business," he adds.

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