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Sabtu, 10 Maret 2012

Brunei climbs 14 places to 54 on UN e-Gov't ranking

BRUNEI's e-Government structure has climbed up 14 notches to 54 out of 193 countries this year, according to the "United Nations E-Government Survey 2012 - E-Government for the People". Commenting on Brunei's previous ranking at 68th place two years ago, the Minister of Energy at the Prime Minister's Office Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (Rtd) Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Hj Mohd Yasmin Hj Umar, said this is "good news" for the country. He added that among ASEAN countries, the Sultanate is third behind Singapore and Malaysia.

"This is because of the way the e-Government project has been implemented and this is good news. Moving up 14 steps is quite a good sign and improvement," he told The Brunei Times in a telephone interview yesterday evening.

The minister also commended the team at the E-Government National Centre (EGNC) for the hard work they have been putting in, noting their efforts are appreciated. Brunei's current e-Government ranking, however, did not take into account EGNC's eDarussalam, a single online portal integrating all e-government services, he said. "Next year if we look at eDarussalam and the completion of the Fibre-to-the-Home (FTH) project, that will definitely improve our standing a lot," Pehin Dato Hj Mohd Yasmin said. Pehin Dato Hj Mohd Yasmin said the EGNC will continue to work hard, and aims for Brunei to be ranked top 40, if not 30, in the next survey.
In the United Nations survey assessment of progress, it is stated that eGovernment is increasingly being viewed among countries in the vanguard as going beyond service delivery towards a framework for a smart, inclusive and sustainable growth for future generations.

Its website added the overall conclusion that emerges from the 2012 Survey in today's recessionary world climate is that while it is important to continue with service delivery, governments must increasingly begin to rethink in terms of e-Government and e-Governance.

By placing greater emphasis on institutional linkages between and among the tiered government structures, synergy can be created for inclusive sustainable development. In a foreward message, Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs and Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development said, "The increasing role of e-Government in promoting inclusive and participatory development has gone hand-in-hand with the growing demands for transparency and accountability in all regions of the world."

"This report shows that with the right institutional framework, policies and capacity-building efforts, progress in enhancing the contributions of e-government to sustainable development is within reach," he added.

The Brunei Times

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