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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DR ANAND CHAND (PhD, UK)
DEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY & SOCIAL WORK
THE UNIVERSITY OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC
A PAPER PRESENTED AT E-GOVERNMENT CONFERENCE ORGANISED BY UNDP AND UNCRD, BANGKOK, THAILAND,
24-27 APRIL 2006.
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..
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
4.5Citizen’s Right to Information
4.6Not Promoting Democratic Governance
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.
6.0 Lessons to be learnt from the PFnet ICT model in Solomon Islands.
7.0Recommendations: Possible Solutions to Promote E-Government in Fiji
Lessons From PFnet Model in Solomon Islands:
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