Pacific Islands to Receive Boost in e-Government Skills: Republic of Korea and United Nations Team Up to Provide Training Course

Date
Oct 17th 2008 - Oct 31st 2008
Organizer
UN-APCICT
Location
Incheon and Seoul, Republic of Korea

A group of government officials from Pacific Island states arrived in the Republic of Korea today to take part in an intensive course on ways to transform government operations and improve public service delivery through the use of digital technologies. The course is centred on a two-week programme in Incheon and Seoul, where the 22 government officials from 13 Pacific Island countries will learn and exchange experiences and ideas with e-government experts.

Press Release No. G/52/2008

Bangkok  (UN/ESCAP Information Services) - A group of government officials from  Pacific  Island states arrived in the Republic of Korea today to take part  in an intensive course on ways to transform government operations and improve public service delivery through the use of digital technologies.

The  course  is centred on a two-week programme in Incheon and Seoul, where the 22 government officials from 13 Pacific Island countries will learn and exchange  experiences  and ideas with e-government experts. It is organized by  the  Pacific Islands Forum, the Republic of Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs  and  Trade  and  the Global e-Policy and e-Government Institute of Sungkyunkwan  University,  with  support  from the United Nations Asian and Pacific  Training  Centre  for Information and Communication Technology for Development  (UN-APCICT).  The  latter  is  a subsidiary body of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).

“A  well-planned  e-government strategy can make leaps into building a more efficient  and  transparent  government.”  said  Hyeun-Suk  Rhee,  APCICT’s director. “e-Government applications can build citizen trust in government, promote  economic  growth by improving interface with business, and empower citizens to participate in advancing good governance.”

For  the  programme,  APCICT  will deliver the e-Government module from its flagship  region-wide  training  programme,  known  as  the  Academy of ICT Essentials   for  Government  Leaders.  The  Academy  has  a  comprehensive eight-module   training   curriculum   on   information  and  communication technology  (ICT) for development targeted at policymakers. “This module on e-government   discusses   how  ICT  applications  have  improved  the  way government  works, and analyzes factors that lead to the success or failure of   e-government   applications,”   said  Nag  Yeon  Lee,  author  of  the e-Government module.

The  course  is  part of APCICT’s overall ICT capacity-building strategy in the  Pacific to provide, through the Academy, relevant knowledge and skills needed  by  policymakers to maximize the use of ICT applications in meeting development goals.

Last  month,  APCICT  held, on the Cook Islands, the first Academy workshop for  the  Pacific  region,  and  signed a formal agreement with the Pacific Islands  Applied  Geoscience  Commission to customize the Academy’s modules and roll-out its workshops in 14 Pacific Island countries over the next two years.