With the start of the third phase from 2005-2008, Taiwan is stepping into the advanced e-Government stage. It is not just the issue of implementing e-Government programme, but is significantly more than that. Taiwan is in the throes of implementing what is called as mobile government or m-Government programme, says Chuan-te Ho, Director, Department of Information Management, Research, Development and Evaluation Commission, Executive Yuan, in an interview to Prachi Shirur of egov.
What is the vision and mandate of Research, Development and Evaluation Commission, Executive Yuan?
The function of my department is firstly to develop national e-Governance strategy for the central government; secondly, to evaluate the performance of e-Governance; thirdly, to set up standards for e-Governance and the fourth function of my department is security and data protection. In Taiwan Government, every Ministry has got its IT unit; there is a head of Information Management. My department has a good representation in the Cabinet. So, all the government agencies, if they want to implement e-Governance programme, have to submit a proposal asking for funding. We go through the proposal to see if it is technically and financially feasible, and then give a go ahead. So we control the budgeting and the implementation of all the e-Government projects.
How is your department engaged in e-Government initiatives of Taiwan?
We started our programme in 1996. Ever since 1996 we initiated three-phased programmes. The first phase, from 1998-2000, concentrated on information building and penetration. If you have to implement e-Governance, you have to train your civil servants; you have to build a super-highway platform for the government. The second phase lasted from 2001-2005. After the structures were complete, our government started to create major e-services for our citizens, for example, taxation, motor vehicle registration and so on. We call this stage as service-online phase. The third phase is from 2005-2008. We are stepping into the advanced e-Government stage. We call it integrated government because once you have created infrastructure, created lots of e-Government services, the next step is connecting them all together. That is what is a connected government, integrated government