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Launch of the Chinese edition of the "United Nations E-Government Survey 2012: E-Government for the People" in Beijing, China
Source Date: Monday, March 26, 2012
Focus: Institution and HR Management
Created: Apr 04, 2012

More than 200 senior officials from the central and local ministries responsible for e-government and information technology in China, research and academia institutions engaged in e-government, as well as several industry representatives, attended the launch of the Chinese language edition of the “United Nations E-Government Survey 2012: E-Government for the People” in Beijing, China, on 26 March 2012.

This is the first time the Survey has been translated into the Chinese language. The translation is a result of collaboration between the Division for Public Administration and Development Management of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DPADM/UNDESA) and the Chinese Academy of Governance (CAG), China and was undertaken by the E-Government Research Center, CAG.

In his opening statement, Mr. Yi Hong, Vice President, CAG, welcomed Ms. Haiyan Qian, Director, DPADM/UNDESA and highly praised the work undertaken by DPADM/UNDESA in promoting administrative reform through technological renovation. He also expressed the willingness of CAG to further cooperate with UNDESA in e-government and other areas. Ms. Haiyan Qian thanked CAG for their great work on the release of the Chinese language edition of the United Nations E-Government Survey 2012, and supported the proposal of further collaboration between DPADM/UNDESA and CAG.

Ms. Haiyan Qian then proceeded to share global findings and development trends related to the United Nations E-Government Survey 2012. Mr. Hongren Zhou, Executive Vice-Chairman of the Advisory Committee for State Informatisation, who is also responsible for the development of information systems for the Chinese Government, reported on the past, current and future development of China's e-government. The launch ceremony was moderated by Mr. Yimin Wang, Deputy Director of the E-government Research Center, CAG.

Since 2001, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs has been assessing United Nations Member States’ e-government development in order to help countries better understand the current situation of e-government development worldwide and their own position compared to other countries, as well as to provide references to policy recommendations for the promotion of comprehensive and sustainable e-government strategies and programmes.

The United Nations E-government Survey 2012 assesses the 193 United Nation Member States’ e-government development over the past two years. The Member States are ranked in accordance with the E-Government Development Index (EGDI). The EGDI is a weighted average of four normalized scores on the most important dimensions of e-government, namely: scope and quality of online services, development status of telecommunication infrastructure, human capital and e-participation. Each of these sets of indices is itself a composite measure that can be extracted and analyzed independently.

In the 2012 Survey, China’s EGDI is 0.5359, resulting in a ranking of 78. The Survey notes that, “This is no small feat since it is a country of 1.2 billion people and a large land mass – both of which require more effort from the government, especially if the population is widely dispersed, than would a country with a small population living within a limited area. China has enhanced the quality of its government portal by providing comprehensive information, more integrated services across different sectors, and greater interactions between government officials and citizens.”

Other results of the 2012 Survey reveal that the Republic of Korea maintained its first rank position from the previous 2010 Survey, followed by the Netherlands which advanced three positions since 2010, and the United Kingdom which advanced by one position to become respectively the second and the third most advanced e-governments in the world. Denmark, the United States, France and Sweden follow closely to take their place among the global leaders of e-government. Overall, the 2012 Survey finds that countries have typically moved from a decentralized single-purpose model of e-government to a unified whole-of-government model.

In addition, the Survey emphasizes that social media (such as Microblogs) has great potential to expand application of e-government. How to seize the opportunities brought by social media has already become an important topic for the public service. Social media has created new information and public service channels for governments, and can be used to improve the quality of the public service, lower costs and enhance the transparency of governments.

The Survey recommends that governments put greater emphasis on e-government to develop and solidify institutional cohesion, and integrate administration and service delivery. The ultimate goal is for legitimate and effective public governance to result in smart, inclusive and equitable growth for today's and tomorrow's generations.

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For information about the Chinese language edition of United Nations E-Government Survey 2012 please see: 2012年联合国电子政务调查报告(中文版)在京发布
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