The conference is part of the Italian e-government initiative that was a result of the G8 Leaders 2000 Summit. This is part of the “Digital Opportunity Task Force” (DOT) agenda, which has entrusted Italy to take charge in coordinating international action in the field of e-government and launch specific initiatives to the benefit of developing countries. Over 500 international delegates are expected to attend the 2-day, 10 session event.
“The Italian Ministry of Innovation and Technology has been charged with coordinating and overseeing this international initiative and has chosen Jordan as one of five countries to partner with in the development of an e-government model,” said HE Fawaz H. Zu’bi, Jordan’s Minister of Post and Communications. “This initiative is driven by the collective efforts of participating members in the development of a real-world model that aims to bridge the gap between successful e-government development and the implementation of such a model in developing countries. This collective effort can demonstrate how technology can empower government to improve the quality, efficiency and success of service delivery to its citizens.”
The DOT Force will be developing a digital model for e-government implementation to address real-world requirements for successful easy to use implementation by developing nations. Jordan’s e-government team had met with the Italians in March 2002 in preparations for this conference.
This mission is to exchange information and share synergies between both countries’ experiences. In addition to Jordan’s important role in the preparation of a digital model, both countries agreed to start working on certain projects within the Italian-Jordanian partnership, such as the involvement in the Jordanian ongoing fast tracks such as land registry, taxation and motoring services.
Dr. Zu’bi will be a speaker in Palermo and will be addressing the opportunities and challenges of the e-government program in Jordan and focus on the Italian –Jordanian partnership in some key projects that aims to take the model from theory and into actual implementation.
The conference will also serve as an international platform for discussions and information sharing on e-government best practice, how e-government can contribute to the well being of society, latest trends and an international plan of action for all nations. The ‘e-government for Development’ initiative is launched under the responsibility of the DOT Force, the United Nations Information and Communication Task Force (UN ICT TF) and the Italian government.
“e-Government plays a crucial role in spreading broad awareness for the importance of technology and demonstrates the efficiency and effectiveness of governance when it actually improves its offering to citizens,” said Mahmoud Khasawneh, Chief Information Officer and head of the e-government team at the Ministry of Post and Communications. “We have been tasked with supporting this international effort to help develop an action plan that empowers governments and citizens by making use of technology to enhance governance, improve services and create a more transparent, democratic government.”
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