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iDA Singapore shares eGovt expertise

Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore hosts leading eGovernment implementors

iDA Singapore shares eGovt expertise
Singapore is seen as a model for development, especially in eGovernment, says Umar.

Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore is back at GITEX once again, with a showcase of the city-state's IT leaders.

The iDA's stand is playing host to eight companies that have participated in egovernment projects Singapore as well as in the Middle East.

Among the companies present are NCS, which worked on egovernment portals for Kuwait, Qatar and Oman; Ecquaria which has developed a business licensing application in Qatar and CrimsonLogic which developed a eTrade system in Saudi Arabia and an application for the judiciary on behalf of the UAE Federal Government.

Shaik Umar, Middle East Centre Director at iDA explained the Singapore government's approach to working in partnership with the private sector to build strong local expertise and intellectual property.

"The model that Singapore has adopted, everything we do in terms of eGovernment or the IT master plan, we do in partnership with companies. We believe that this is the way to have long term sustainability and a viable industry," he said.

"Many governments see Singapore as a model that they can aspire to. We have been recognized for doing a lot of things over the past thirty-forty years, we don't have resources, we don't have land, so we have make do, with whatever we have effectively and efficiently. Based on that, many governments here in the Gulf see us as a viable model, and several companies have been asked to come and implement systems here."

Singapore has put technology development at the forefront of many of its infrastructure development efforts such as doubling the speed of free wireless coverage to 1MB; and the roll out of 1GB broadband to the home. The iDA has announced a new authority that focuses on information security for the whole country.

The iDA is also involved in projects in the Gulf region, supporting projects with the Oman government to deliver and implement the eGovernment architecture with them, and a separate project to develop a CERT for Oman.

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