Electronic exchange will allow major efficiency in public administration

Skopje, October 5th 2010

Representatives from five state institutions, which often offer services and documents to citizens and companies, starting form today, through presentations and expert lectures, are promoting their knowledge for the benefits in mutual e-documents exchange. Main purpose is to introduce electronic exchange of documents from the Office for managing births, marriages and deaths registers, property sheets, export-import declarations and tax returns, as most frequent utilized documents, from a total of 180 documents and 60 services offered by state institutions.

- If we consider the fact that in Macedonia, over 900 thousand customs declarations are issued per year, when we make that service electronically available, all personal addresses at the counters won’t be necessary any more, the Minister of information society, Ivo Ivanovski stated, after the inauguration of the workshop.

The project’s aim, as he stressed, is to achieve greater efficiency in public administration, as well as major transparency and responsibility to citizens.

- Not every developing country can boast with an implementation of such a project which is a trend in industrialized countries, said Ivanovski.
Benefits from introducing electronic systems presented in an EU study, the Minister of information society pointed out, showed that each service offered at counter by an European institutions has an average cost around 10 euros; if it becomes telephonically available, the spending is 1 euro, while in case it becomes internet available, the expense is only 10 cents.  

The Director of Economic development office at USAID in Skopje, Joseph Lesart estimated that electronic services, introduced in the last period through e-Government project, improved communication between Government and private sector, from an aspect of reducing corruption possibilities, as well as shortening bureaucratic procedures, necessary time and expenses.

Lesart announced that e-Government project and the Ministry of information society, next month will organize two more workshops for improving electronic management knowledge. 
The workshop started today and will last a week. Consultant D-r Amiad Umar, Next Generation Solutions’ executive director, will hold a presentation, as well as a professor and e-business director from the University of Science and technology in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The computer tool for strategic planning, developed by the UN is expected to be presented, as well as a discussion for its application in the e-document project.

The workshop is organized by the Ministry of information society, in collaboration with USAID.