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Chinese district hopes to draw e-government lessons from Singapore

Veronica C. Silva | July 15, 2011
IDA International to help China’s Nanhai on e-government initiatives

Singapore's IDA International will help Nanhai District in China develop some the district's e-government initiatives with lessons drawn from Singapore's experience.

IDA International is the execution arm of the Singapore government's Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) that deals with foreign governments and international partners. It recently signed a letter of intent with the Nanhai District People's Government at the 3rd Singapore-Guangdong Collaboration Council meeting in Guangzhou held late last month.

Under the agreement -  signed by Wan Zhikang, vice mayor, Nanhai District; and Tan Lark Yang, director, IDA International - the two governments will collaborate to improve the services on Nanhai's e-government portal.

The portal, dubbed as Nanhai Single Window eGovernment Portal, was launched on 1 January. It is envisioned to be a one-stop portal for information and government services for local businesses and citizens. By working with IDA International, the Chinese government hopes that the portal would reach an international level in much the same way that IDA has done for Singapore's e-government services.

Sharing experiences

"We are excited about the opportunity to share our ICT journey with Nanhai, and look forward to a successful collaborative partnership with China", said Tan of IDA International.

Sharing this sentiment, Wan added: "This is a significant milestone for collaboration between China and Singapore in the area of e-government."

Nanhai District is part of the Foshan Municipality in the Guangdong Province. It is one of the first cities to have developed e-government informatisation at the county level in China. Since its launch, the Nanhai Single Window eGovernment Portal has seen 1.544 million hits daily, with more than 600,000 copies of government-related information announced.

The portal has also processed more than 570 million e-government-related applications and more than 570 million consultations. These numbers reflect the importance of the online portal to the stakeholders of the local government.


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