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Taiwan ranks 8th in e-government survey by Waseda University
Central News Agency
2013-03-29 10:46 PM
Taipei, March 29 (CNA) Taiwan moved up two notches to place eighth in the 2013 world e-government rankings, according to a survey on how extensively and well governments are operating electronically, the country's Research, Development and Evaluation Commission said Friday. The rankings were the results of a survey conducted by Japan's Waseda University recently. The commission said that Taiwan shared the eighth place with Denmark, with a score of 83.52. The commission said Waseda University has since 2004 cooperated with the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum to conduct the e-government survey on 55 major nations around the world, and published this year's ranking on March 26. The top three countries this year were Singapore with a score of 94, followed by Finland (93.18) and the United States (93.12). There are seven main indicators used to rank the e-government development of countries in the world. These indicators are network preparedness, required interface-functioning applications, management optimization, national portal, e-government promotion and e-participation. Taiwan ranked the second in the survey on required interface-functioning applications. The commission said that the survey was published in English, which should "help other countries to learn the latest development of information and communications in Taiwan." The commission conducted its own survey on how satisfied Taiwan's public was with government agencies' ability to operate electronically last year. The satisfaction rate was as high as 83.7 percent. It cited national portal as an example, saying that the local and central governments have provided more than 12,000 application forms and more than 3,000 online services for the public to download. In addition, the commission also signed agreements to cooperate with some European countries to actively promote e-government. (By Liu Li-jung and Lilian Wu)
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