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UNPOG Head at the Global e-Government Forum 2014

October 9, 2014

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Mr. Jae-hong Lim, Head of United Nations Project Office on Governance, Division for Public Administration and Development Management, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNPOG/DPADM/UNDESA), attended the Global e-Government Forum (GeGF) 2014 held on 7-8 October 2014 in Astana, Kazakhstan. He made a presentation on UNPOG’s recent research “E-Government for Promoting Sustainable Development in Small Island Developing States” during the first session of the Workshop 1 titled “Trends and Emerging Issues of Smart Government”, organized by e-Government Branch (eGB/DPADM/UNDESA). In his presentation, Mr. Lim highlighted the positive impact of e-government development on good governance and sustainable development, based on the results of empirical analysis. He touched upon the fact that among seven key success factors of e-government development, bigger gaps between high and low performers in good governance and sustainable development lie in the existence of national e-government strategy, legal framework, and financial feasibility. Among recommendations made in his presentation included pursuing e-government development in line with national development priorities, deploying ICT/e-government infrastructures first and developing an integrated and comprehensive e-government development strategy, as well as strengthening international partnership and cooperation. He wrapped up his presentation by noting the readiness of UNPOG to contribute in assisting SIDS to enhance their e-government capacity for promoting sustainable development by providing customized technical assistance and training programmes. 

Mr. Lim also attended the bilateral meeting between United Nations Under-Secretary-General (USG) for Economic and Social Affairs, Mr. Wu Hong-bo and First Vice-Minister of the Ministry of Security and Public Administration (MOSPA) of the Republic of Korea, Mr. Park Kyung-kook. Both of them highly appreciated UNPOG’s recent activities in the area of e-government and innovation in Asia and the Pacific, and expected its further commitments and continued success.

The Global e-Government Forum 2014 was organized by the Division for Public Administration and Development Management, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DPADM/UNDESA), the Ministry of Investment and Development of Kazakhstan, and the «National Info-communication Holding «Zerde» JSC. Under the theme “Smart Management for Sustainable Development: New Partnership Opportunities in the Network Society”, the main objective of this year’s Forum was to exchange experience between experts and government officials, as well as discuss issues related to global trends of information society and the impact of e-government on this process. It was attended by approximately more than 700 people from 79 countries, including government officials, scientists and leading international experts in the field of ICT and e-government. 


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