12/10/10 - Economic recovery packages and austerity measures are putting e-leaders at the centre of public sector reforms. Many governments have also embarked on opening up for greater transparency and citizen participation. Continuous successful e-government needs renewed successful e-leadership.
“In a new reality, e-leaders are called upon to deliver on harsh fiscal and budgetary constraints, and at the same time deliver openness and trust-building with the public,” OECD Deputy Secretary-General Aart de Geus said during a high-level meeting in Brussels. “But we need to see beyond the crisis and the recovery. It is an opportunity to take necessary and bold decisions to enable changes on e-government implementation for the benefit of citizens and businesses. This requires real e-leadership at the political level.”
The OECD convened the 2010 E-Leaders Meeting as part of continuing efforts to help member countries plan and implement their e-government strategies. Discussions confirmed that better use of ICT can simplify and improve public sector performance, making it more efficient and reducing costs for citizens. Co-operation with the private sector was considered a plus.
Participants in the two-day E-Leaders Meeting identified a range of policies that contribute to better e-government. These include the strategic use of new technologies to drive reforms, the adjustment of the governance structure, the pursuit of economies of scale, and the removal of existing barriers to sharing services and solutions across all branches of government.
Conclusions of the E-Leaders Meeting will be forwarded to the 15 November OECD Ministerial Meeting on Public Sector Reforms in Venice, Italy.
Mr. Rolf Alter, Director, Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate, OECD
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