e-Government a key focus for CeBIT Australia

e-Government a key focus for CeBIT Australia

With a number of online government initiatives under its belt, Australia is well placed to capitalise on the ICT growth area of e-Government, according to the managing director of global IT tradeshow CeBIT, Jorg Schomburg.

Quoting research from the United Nations which ranked Australia second behind the US in terms of e-Government implementation, Schomburg said e-Government was one of several ICT market drivers being featured at the CeBIT in 2004.

In Australia to talk up the German tradeshow, as well as its Sydney-based satellite event, Schomburg released figures from the European IT Observatory (EITO) which predicted ICT market growth of between 4.5 per cent and 6 per cent in 2004. The growth was tipped to come from e-Government, e-business, storage and security.

“We believe e-Government will herald a new cycle of growth in the ICT industry as governments and their partners embrace new technologies to deliver streamlined services,” Schomburg said.

The Australian Government had already implemented several e-Government programs such as e-Tax, Australia JobSearch and Business Entry Point, chief general manager of the National Office for the Information Economy (NOIE), Patrick Callioni, said. Another project, an electronic tendering system, was currently being implemented.

CeBIT Australia will feature a one-day e-Government forum on May 4 (2004). The show will run in Sydney from May 6-8.

“The conference will be case study-based, featuring expert practitioners of e-Government implementations from Australia and overseas,” said Jackie Taranto, managing director of CeBIT Australia. “e-Government is one of the driving pillars in ICT.”

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