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Asia’s leading government agencies announced

It was an exciting evening at Asia’s 2nd annual Government Technology Awards in Bali, Indonesia – the “Oscars” of Asia’s public sector modernisation efforts – where outstanding government projects across Asia were recognised and rewarded at a regional ceremony in front of an invited guest list of senior government officials from 15 countries.


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Singapore again emerged the top winner, bagging six out of the 11 awards, while The Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong and South Korea collected an award each.

Open to public sector organisations in Asia Pacific, the year-long awards process received 450 nominations from local and central government, education and healthcare organisations. This was up from 212 nominations in 2007, and reflects an upsurge in awareness in the awards process – as well as an eagerness on the part of public sector organisations to be recognised for their modernisation efforts.

The awards process was managed by James Smith, Managing Editor of FutureGov magazine, which conducted the awards. He chaired the judging panel which also included: • Tim Diaz de Rivera, Acting Commissioner, Commission on ICT & Director General of the National Computer Centre, The Philippines • Jantima Sirisaengtaksin, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Thailand • Bill Sullivan, Commissioner, Department of Treasury & Finance, Government of Western Australia • J Satyanarayana, Chief Executive Officer, National Institute for Smart Governance, India

“I’m very pleased at both the increased response to the awards process from regional government organisations, as well as the quality of individual nominations this year,” said James Smith, Managing Editor of FutureGov magazine. “I think it demonstrates the strength in depth of project management skills within the regional public sector, as well as the willingness of government organisations to innovate in order to deliver better services to citizens and businesses. As a result, the winners of this year’s Government Technology Awards demonstrated an outstanding ability to execute, combined with an awareness of how to drive demonstrable outcomes which delivered proven value to the organisation. When the overall standard improves as dramatically as it did this year, and when the absolute number of nominations has more than doubled, then to come out top is truly a great achievement.”

The top award for ‘Technology Leadership’ was won by Marikina City in the Philippines. This award was sponsored by Microsoft, and was collected by Maria Lourdes C Fernando, the Mayor of Marikina City. The judges agreed that Marikina City’s ‘Wirelessly Integrated Network Systems’ was “an inspiring example of how modern technologies could be used to advance not only internal productivity, linking together multiple departments in the city administration – but also of how the same infrastructure could be used to deliver specific e-services in a secure, cost-effective and highly-usable manner.”

Like last year, Singapore public sector organisations received the highest number of wins overall – “demonstrating the sophistication of the country’s public sector IT infrastructure, the vision of policymakers as well as the availability of skilled project managers to oversee implementation of individual programmes,” said James Smith, Managing Editor of FutureGov magazine.

The winning government agencies in Singapore were: • Ministry of Education – ‘Connected Government’ (sponsored by IBM) • Central Provident Fund Board – ‘E-Government’ (sponsored by CrimsonLogic) • Defence Science and Technology Agency – ‘Information Security’ (sponsored by Symantec) • Ministry of Manpower – ‘Business Process Management’ (sponsored by SAP) • Immigrations and Checkpoint Authority – ‘Service Innovation’ (sponsored by Canon) • Singapore Land Authority – ‘Geographic Information Systems’ (sponsored by FutureGov)

Malaysia’s Royal Police Force also bagged the top prize for its efforts in ‘Wireless Government’, having demonstrated regional best practice with its implementation of its ‘Command and Control, Communications and Computer Integration System’. This award was sponsored by Motorola.

The Indonesian Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Board won in the ‘Information Management’ category, in recognition of their Recovery Aceh-Nias Database. EMC was the sponsor of this category.

The award for Green Government went to the Hong Kong Department of Census and Statistics (sponsored by APC) while the Korea Agency for Digital Opportunity and Promotions Division impressed judges with its programmes supporting information for the disabled groups in the Digital Inclusion category (sponsored by FutureGov).

This year’s Government Technology Awards Gala Dinner was held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Bali, Indonesia, where over 200 top government officials and technology stakeholders made up a ‘star-studded’ cast at the awards ceremony.

The awards were held in conjunction with the FutureGov Summit 2008, the annual apex event for senior public sector policymakers and technologists.

The event brings together more than 120 top-tier government officials from around the region, for three days of plenary discussions on the role of technology and strategy in shaping the future of public administration.

It has been calculated that the public sector participants at FutureGov Summit 08 have direct responsibility for over US$10 billion of annual ICT spending. In previous years the event was held in Singapore and Phuket, and next year’s event will be held in Cebu, The Philippines.

FutureGov Summit 2008 is organised by FutureGov magazine – Asia’s only regional enterprise technology title for government, education and healthcare.


TECHNOLOGY LEADERSHIP Marikina City, The Philippines Marikina City’s Facility of Wirelessly Integrated Network Systems (Sponsored by Microsoft)

CONNECTED GOVERNMENT Ministry of Education, Singapore The School Cockpit (Sponsored by IBM)

E-GOVERNMENT Central Provident Fund, Singapore my CPF (Sponsored by Crimson Logic)

WIRELESS GOVERNMENT Royal Malaysian Police, Malaysia Command and Control, Communications and Computer Integration System (Sponsored by Motorola)

INFORMATION MANAGEMENT BRR Aceh-Nias, Indonesia Recovery Aceh-Nias (RAN) Database (Sponsored by EMC)

INFORMATION SECURITY Defence Science and Technology Agency, Singapore Information Access Management Framework (Sponsored by Symantec)

BUSINESS PROCESS Ministry of Manpower, Singapore Employment Pass On-Line (Sponsored by SAP)

GREEN GOVERNMENT Department of Census and Statistics, Hong Kong Free downloading of Statistical Publications and Tables (Sponsored by APC)

SERVICE INNOVATION Immigration and Checkpoints Authority, Singapore eVisitors Programme ICA (Sponsored by Canon)

GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS Singapore Land Authority, Singapore Land Information Network (Sponsored by FutureGov)

DIGITAL INCLUSION Korea Agency for Digital Opportunity and Promotions Division, South Korea Programmes Supporting Information for the Disabled Groups (Sponsored by FutureGov)

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