China to increase eGovernment focus
China to develop more digital government services
China has announced plans to increase the number of government services available online.
The country's State Council announced plans to expand the Internet Plus initiative, which aims for digitisation of key sectors, to government agencies. China wants to create more e-government services to improve efficiency in administration, cut red tape and reduce costs.
Among the targets highlighted in a statement from the State Council are plans to move administrative services online and eliminate the need for transactions to be carried out ‘in person'; integration of government web platforms for better cross-department and inter-region services; and sharing of official data in real-time between local government's online platforms.
The government also plans to build an integrated e-government platform for the public sector by 2017, and to create one-stop nationwide e-government services by 2020.
The drive will be supported by improved regulation for digital identity, government data transparency and privacy.
China ranked 63rd worldwide in the 2016 E-Government Development Index (EGDI) report, released by the UN.