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E-GOVERNMENT IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC REGION: CASE STUDIES FROM FIJI AND SOLOMON ISLANDS. By DR ANAND CHAND (PhD, UK) SENIOR LECTURER DEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY & SOCIAL WORK THE UNIVERSITY OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC FIJI ISLANDS

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e government in the south pacific region case studies from fiji and solomon islands
E-GOVERNMENT IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC REGION: CASE STUDIES FROM FIJI AND SOLOMON ISLANDS

By

DR ANAND CHAND (PhD, UK)

SENIOR LECTURER

DEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY & SOCIAL WORK

THE UNIVERSITY OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC

FIJI ISLANDS

A PAPER PRESENTED AT E-GOVERNMENT CONFERENCE ORGANISED BY UNDP AND UNCRD, BANGKOK, THAILAND,

24-27 APRIL 2006.

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E-GOVERNMENT IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC REGION: CASE STUDIES FROM FIJI AND SOLOMON ISLANDS

1.0 Introduction

2.0 Origins and Current Status of E-Government in Fiji

3.0 What’s in the Pipeline: Fiji Government’s future Plan

3.1 Contacting all public libraries in Fiji to the Internet.

3.2 Establish rural ‘telecenters’.

3.3 Establish “Supercentres” in Urban Areas.

3.4 Funding to Develop E- government in Fiji..

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4.0 Analysis and Evaluation of E-Government Project in Fiji

4.1 Only benefits middle and upper class in Fiji

4.2 Pre-dominantly aimed at promoting business sector

4.3 Lack of participatory planning and development in

4.4 Non-interactive Service

4.5 Citizen’s Right to Information

4.6 Not Promoting Democratic Governance

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5.0 Constraints for the Development of E-government

5.1 Constraints on the Supply Side

5.1.1 Shortage of computers

5.1.2 Shortage of skilled ICT workers.

5.2 Constraints on the Demand Side

5.2.1 Affordability (Lack of money to use Internet)

5.2.2 Access to Internet Facilities.

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E-GOVERNMENT IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC REGION: CASE STUDIES FROM FIJI AND SOLOMON ISLANDS

6.0 Lessons to be learnt from the PFnet ICT model in Solomon Islands.

7.0 Recommendations: Possible Solutions to Promote E- Government in Fiji

8.0 Conclusion

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Lessons From PFnet Model in Solomon Islands:
  • Tyranny of Distance is not a barrier for rural poor.
  • It is based on community ownership and partnership
  • It is affordable by rural people ($0.26)
  • It provides quick and efficient communications system
  • It has improved literacy level of rural people
  • It has helped rural people to generate commercial activities to uplift their living standards.
  • It can be used to reconcile ethnic conflicts.
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