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e-Initiatives: An overview

New global standards of governance are emerging. Citizens of developing countries are demanding better performance on the part of their governments, and they are increasingly aware of the costs of poor management and corruption. Attitudes are also changing in industrial countries where bribery is no longer viewed as a legitimate cost of doing business overseas. GIS Development takes a look at the various e-Governance projects being implemented in Asia, with particular focus on India.


Parliamentary Website
The website contains data on parliament and structure of its permanent commissions, on its activity, international relations, biographies of vice-presidents and about its legislative acts.
Official Government Portal
The Division of Information Technology, Ministry of Information and Communications launched the official web portal for the Royal Government of Bhutan in June 2003. This portal provides all government information of interest to viewers.
Human Rights Portal After successful workshop in February 2001 on ‘Effective Use of the Media and the Internet to Promote Human Rights’, the Bangladesh Human Rights Networks decided to launch Bangladesh’s first human rights web portal. BHR Network actively promotes human rights reforms both within Bangladesh and across geographical and political boundaries, and supports women, children, and marginalized communities in resisting social oppression. It looks at attempts by global forces to exploit and control smaller nations and communities through surveillance, covert mechanisms and military and economic superiority.
Government Online
The website provides access to various online public services, but in Arabic only. In addition it provides information about the organizational structure, high council and decrees of the Kuwait government.
Government Site
Political parties and NGOs to distribute their documents and network with each other and organizations abroad are using Internet. This is the official government site, which serves like an official gazette – everyone gets to read documents signed by prime minister and president.

Civil Society Link
A gateway to Malaysian government information and online services.

Municipal services online
Before the Internet option, everyone in Bharatpur had to go to the municipal offices to register births, marriages, deaths, housing construction and file other documents. Now they can submit forms electronically and also send in suggestions and queries to municipal authorities via e-mail. The municipality has trained the 14 secretaries to operate the system in the town’s wards, and the 18 cyber cafes are available as service centres, working in coordination with the municipality — a mutually beneficial arrangement.

Old records to new digital uses
Old records used to lie in dusty corners in Kanchanpur, a district in far-west Nepal. Now they have become part of the digital revolution. Kanchanpur is one of the areas in this mountainous country most dedicated to using information technology to modernize public administration and promote local development.

A movement to inform and empower Filipinos in politics through the Internet. The organization strives to arm every Filipino involved in the electoral process with adequate information about candidates for election, as well as provide a forum for each individual to communicate with these candidates. Through this project, eBoto aims to provide a medium for concerned Filipino voters to get to know candidates in terms of concrete issues, platforms, and principle rather than mere personality and posturing.

TAG Project
The Transparent Accountable Governance (TAG) project is an attempt to summarize how, why and to what degree corruption exists in Philippine society. This integrated approach relies on public opinion survey research, investigative reports, case studies, and discussions to engage the public in a discussion on corruption.
SINGOV, is the official Singapore Government website. It serves as convenient first-stop portal for Singaporeans and non-Singaporeans to locate the latest Singapore Government news, information, policies and e-transactions available online. The Singapore Government website first came online in 1995. It had undergone several revamps and SINGOV in its current look was launched on 1 Nov 2001.
South Korea
Seoul OPEN (Anti-corruption Project)
The Municipal Government of Seoul, South Korea, crafted the OPEN system (Online Procedures Enhancement for Civil Applications) to target corruption. The system publishes a variety of information related to the services, permits and licenses issued by the local government. The status of an application can be tracked by the applicant on a web site.

e-Government website
This website provides information about vision, objectives and action plan of e-Government project, as well as FAQ and various documents related to e-Government in Thailand.

Dubai e-Government portal
The government of Dubai has become the first Arab state to offer e-Government services to its people. Twenty-four government departments have signed on to deliver services through the portal. Marketing has focused on the convenience factor that e-Government gives the user. Instead of standing in line or having to trek to several different locations, citizens can go directly to one site to get things done. To encourage people to use the online services, the government is conducting Internet training and awareness programmes for citizens as well as mounting large-scale information campaigns in the media.
“Your Lawyer”
Your Lawyer, a new CD-ROM, is making Vietnam’s laws and information on citizens’ rights readily accessible, spelling out in simple language how to start a business, protect land rights and get a divorce. As a first step, the Office of the National Assembly (ONA) is distributing copies of the CD-ROM to offices of delegates to the National Assembly in all 61 provinces, offices of provincial People’s Councils, and media organizations.