E-government, why not a national project
Egypt, Economics, 9/3/2002
The project of electronic government (e-government) is one of the strategic projects for building information base in Egypt.
ΚΚΚ It would also pave the way for an informatics-based Egyptian society that would be able to cope up with IT revolution and narrow the digital gap between Egypt and the advanced world.
ΚΚΚ Director of e-government in the ministry of information and communications, Ahmed Darwish, stressed that the project is considered a national project such as Toshka as it is expected to result in 900 thousand working hours, or some L.E. 9 million based on average Egyptian income. The project also saves some L.E. 60 millions of government purchases, he added.
ΚΚΚ Darwish added that the ministry moved on many fields for speedy implementation and launch of this strategic project. This includes setting up required infrastructure, i.e. laws and regulations, technological frameworks, government's website, rules and specifications. This axis included issuance of four documents concerning government networks, security systems, safety, application exchange documents' archiving. This is in addition to putting license contracts of PC programs into effect in cooperation with Microsoft, he explained.
ΚΚΚ The other axis includes services such as electronic payment of telephone and electricity invoices and the like, Darwish noted, adding that a general simplified system is under study, he noted.
ΚΚΚ The third axis focuses on mechanization of ministries' cabinets and affiliated authorities. Contracts have been concluded for the implementation of related applications on resource planning and management, including inventory, purchases, budget, accounts, personnel affairs ... etc, he continued.
ΚΚΚ The ministry has taken great strides in the implementation of e-government. Similar strides are needed for qualifying the Egyptian society for benefiting from the services offered by the project, Darwish concluded.
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