High-level government officials from around the world, Represéntatives of internátional
organizations, Diplomátic corps resíding in the Republic of Korea, Distínguished guests, Ladies and gentlemen,
It is of great pleasure to host “Global e-Government Forum 2013” today, and I would like to extend my deepest
gratitude and warmest welcome to you all for your attendance in the Forum.
The Global e-Government Forum, has been established last year by the Republic of Korea and the United Nations together Contínuing on the successful launch of the 1st Forum, We are now entering into its 2nd year to further strengthen our concérted efforts towards the advancement of e-Government at the global level.
This year, in particular, I see great sýnergy to come along with “International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance”.
Here we are togéther with hundreds of experts, académics, government officials from all parts of the world, having várious range of backgrounds.
Though we may have dífference in nationality or occupation, I believe we share one thing in common. That we all think it over, how governments should respond to the challenges deríved from rapid social and technológical changes in order to sustain national development and to put citizens’ happiness at the center.
To this end, it is my firm belief that this Global e-Government Forum will serve as a global plátform, allowing us humbly to share our own devélopmental paths and to take us to the next level for a better future.
Ladies and Gentlemen!
What comes to your mind when you think of Korea? Some of you may recall global companies like Samsung, LG or Hyungdai. The others might say Seoul Olýmpic, Worldcup 2002 or K-pop.
Still “Korea” strikes a note on póverty-stricken country, heavily depéndent on foreign aid, dévastated by the Korean war.
Even until a recent few décades ago, Korea has been a small country in east Asia.
Although Korea presents 5,000 years of long history, having the legacy of high-level civilizátion with the scientific and unique native álphabet called “Hangeul”,
Korea was known as “the Hermit Nation” or “the Land of the Morning Calm” since the nation had almost no contact with the other world 150(one hundred fifty) years ago. It also suffered from colonizátion among the powers of impérialism in the early 20th century.
While we have stumbled upon some failures, I do believe that the shift from poverty-stricken country into developed country was a great success.
During the times of leap-frogging, I think e-Government has been a key instrument for the success.
The pursuit of e-Government development has driven us towards two consecutive wins in the UN e-Government Survey in 2010 and 2012 respectively, and we find the success of e-Government in every corner of society right now.
Nevertheless, the surrounding environment is changing right in front of us.
The emérgence of “Cloud-Computing” transforms the age of “accúmulation” into the age of “sharing”, where
social media connects every citizen weaving into an “ultra networked society”. It is also the age of “Big Data”,
the era that we have not yet fully prepared, in which a massive amount of information self-generátes and re-prodúces.
To better respond to these rapid changes, Korea has taken a step further from the existing e-Government and established a new government operation paradigm, that is, “Government 3.0”.
This “Government 3.0” entails: Openness, by disclosing the public information to create value-added, Sharing information to innovate civil service, Commúnication to better inter-á́ct with the citizens, Colláboration among government agencies to improve effíciency. Through these 4 core princíples, we plan to build the nation, where citizens’ háppiness is of the útmost value.
And now, it is the time Korea gives back/ to the world, sharing this vision and objéctives based on our own development experiences and lessons learned.
These knowledge and experience do not belong to one single person, one company, nor one nation. Once shared with the world, this can shed a light on all mankind.
To this end I believe, this Forum is very timely, and meaningful
for all stáke-holders get togéther, sharing respéctive experiences and finding the better ways for future e-Government development.
I hope the ‘Global e-Government Forum’ today will serve as a global hub for e-Government advancement upon which mutual development and cooperation between governments will further prosper.
New technologies, policy ideas, stimulating dialogues, I also very much look forward during this Forum. To bring my remarks to a close, I once again, whole-heartedly welcome all of you who have come to attend this forum and express my sincere gratitude to speakers and panel discussion members.
Even though two-day is a rather short time, I hope the experiences you will gain from this forum will turn out as better policies in your countries.
Last but not least, October is one of the most beautiful months in Korea. I hope you enjoy the fullest possible the autumn season and make a memorable stay here in Korea.
Minister of Security and Public Administration
|10.22(Tue) 09:25~09:35, Grand Ballroom A, KINTEX |
I would like to extend a warm welcome to all of you attending this important Forum. I am grateful to the Ministry of Security and Public Administration of the Republic of Korea, particularly to Minister Jeong-bok Yoo, for
supporting this international gathering, and for his Ministry’s steadfast support to the United Nations Project
Office on Governance.
That office, known as UNPOG, is at the forefront of promoting innovation and e-governance in the Asia and
Pacific region in support of sustainable development and the post-2015 Development Agenda.
I regret that due to prior work engagements, I am unable to join you in person in Seoul - a modern, efficient
and dynamic city, most befitting venue to convene this Global Forum.
This Forum’s theme is centered on smart government and smart society: openness, sharing, communication and collaboration. With 2015 fast approaching, the global community is focused on accelerating efforts towards
achieving the Millennium Development Goals. This Forum provides a timely opportunity to examine how
initiatives aimed at improving governance can help expedite the achievement of unmet development goals, and how they can contribute to deliberation on the post-2015 development agenda.
Transparent and efficient governance is vital if national development strategies are to be effective. If the
bedrock of a government is not sound, the lives of the poor and vulnerable will not improve, and progress in
achieving the MDGs will falter. Achievement of the MDGs must be built on adequate commitments, sound
policies, accountability, and improved governance and public administration.
We live in highly interconnected societies where Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) are
radically transforming the way that governments deliver services to their citizens - from traffic advisories to
health care and public security. They are changing the very foundations and paradigms of public service delivery.
Today the range of internet-based and mobile technologies that exist for public administration is staggering.
Many were not available to us just five or ten years ago. The proliferation of ICT products on the market grows daily.
The benefits of these changes are manifold. ICT tools expand the number of people that can be reached,
educated and served. They increase opportunities for citizens to participate in public policy. They can give new
opportunities to people who were once excluded because of their geographic isolation, poverty or lack of
Our host country, for example, implemented successful e-government projects individually managed by multiple government ministries and agencies. However, these non-integrated e-government systems eventually became inefficient and less than user friendly for its citizen users. In order to address this issue, a new
government-wide enterprise architecture, or GEA in short, was established to provide integrated services to
citizens, businesses, and government agencies. This new system has increased efficiency enormously.
For example, processing time for an international trade transaction previously required 75 different stages over 4 weeks to complete. Now the same task can be completed with only 15 stages and within a week.
This innovative initiative was one of the winners of the prestigious 2013 United Nations Public Service Awards.
There are numerous similar examples in Asia and the Pacific region that have inspired and improved governance and public administration across the world. It is vital that governments learn from each other what has worked well and what has not.
This Forum is an excellent opportunity to exchange perspectives on how ICTs can foster good governance.
I hope that you can adapt some of the innovative practices presented here back in your home countries.
I wish you productive and rewarding deliberations during the next three days.
MR. WU HONGBO
UNITED NATIONS UNDER-SECRETARY-GENERAL