US Giant Microsoft has assisted the Egyptian government in launching an e-government initiative that is expected to cut down on bureaucracy and speed up decision making within government departments, reported the weekly Middle East Times.
Microsoft’s CEO, Steve Ballmer, expressed his personal excitement about the agreement.
"This e-government initiative confirms the commitment of the Egyptian government to embrace the NET revolution by using technology to deliver new and better quality services to the public,” he said.
“This will not only facilitate effective communication between government departments but will improve broader Internet use as this will act as a major inducement to the whole Egyptian community to get online," he added.
The announcement of the initiative comes after the signing of a cooperation agreement in Washington between the Egyptian government and Microsoft last week, said the paper.
According to the weekly, the objective of this e-government initiative is to provide simpler and faster methods to fulfill standard citizens' requests from various government bodies.
It also provides the framework to support intra-government collaboration for more accurate information needed to facilitate decision-making, it added – Albawaba.com
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