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
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.
2.0 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..
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
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.
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
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