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Laos invests in ICT to promote e-Governance

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The Government of Laos is planning to invest US$35 millions of budget to digitise the country by developing ICT infrastructure to allow Laos people to get access to any electronic government services by next year.

The plan also includes the development of wireless technology in Vientiane city to turn the traditional city to become the first WiMax town in Asian countries to provide high speed Internet access to support the upcoming Seagame 2009. Under the egovernment project, there were five pillars for the development; the development of infrastructure, human resource, legal framework, ICT application and standardization. In order to improve ICT industry, the government will develop electronic related legislations to cope up with the upcoming information technology era such as e-Government law, cyber crime and e-Commerce law. In part of ICT applications, he said the government planned to develop national portal site to link all government office web sites to provide a single point of contact to provide eservices to the public such as e-Registration, e-Map, e-Learning, e-Application and e-Revenue. The plan is to develop standard Laos Unicode to build up provide Laos language platform to support new information technology development. In addition, the government has a plan to turn the city of Vientiane into wireless city by planning to set up 10 WiMax based stations in Vientiane and 16 based station in capital cities nationwide.

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