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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

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

1.0Introduction

2.0Origins and Current Status of E-Government in Fiji

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

3.1Contacting all public libraries in Fiji to the Internet.

3.2Establish rural ‘telecenters’.

3.3Establish “Supercentres” in Urban Areas.

3.4Funding to Develop E- government in Fiji..


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4.0Analysis and Evaluation of E-Government Project in Fiji

4.1Only benefits middle and upper class in Fiji

4.2Pre-dominantly aimed at promoting business sector

4.3Lack of participatory planning and development in

4.4Non-interactive Service

4.5Citizen’s Right to Information

4.6Not Promoting Democratic Governance


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5.0Constraints for the Development of E-government

5.1Constraints on the Supply Side

5.1.1Shortage of computers

5.1.2Shortage of skilled ICT workers.

5.2Constraints on the Demand Side

5.2.1Affordability (Lack of money to use Internet)

5.2.2Access 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.

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

8.0Conclusion


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

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