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  • Tue
    Sep
    29
    2020
    AE: Ajman announces permanent remote working for government staff

    Employees on probation and those who require to be physically present in their offices for work will not be part of the e-work system.

    Ajman has approved a remote working system permanently for government employees. Sheikh Ahmed bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, the representative of His Highness the Ruler of Ajman for Administrative and Financial Affairs, has issued a decision stipulating that the system be applied to all local government agencies.

  • Tue
    Sep
    29
    2020
    IN: Jammu Municipal Corporation installs POS to promote digital transaction

    Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) has installed Point of Sale Terminals (POS) in order to promote digital transactions and to give momentum to Digital India initiative of Government of India in presence of Mayor, Chander Mohan Gupta and Avny Lavasa, Commissioner, JMC for collection of birth and death certificates fee and other revenue collection.

    It has also planned to install 50 more such kind of POS devices to collect revenue digitally. With launch of this initiative, JMC employees will get rid of collecting and depositing cash process resulting into efficient and time effective governance. The revenue collected through POS mode shall be transferred directly into the JMC bank account on real-time basis. Through POS the consumers’ will get the e-receipt on spot and there will be no chance of pilferage in the Government revenue at all.

  • Tue
    Sep
    29
    2020
    IN: Bihar will be the First State in India to Connect all Villages by OFC Internet: Ravi Shankar Prasad

    With recent announcements by Prime Minister on 15th August, 2020, connectivity is to be taken up to the all more than 6 Lakh villages (from the existing GP level) within 1000 days. As a first step towards this goal, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi launched the “हर गांव में ऑप्टिकल फाइबर द्वारा इंटरनेट सुविधा” project on 21.09.2020 for connecting all 45,945 villages of Bihar on Optical Fibre for providing high-speed internet. This will enable digital revolution to reach the farthest corner of the State.

    Prime Minister termed the day as not only historic for Bihar but for the entire country as the Government is taking major steps to make its villages the mainstay of AtmaNirbharBharat and that this is starting from Bihar today.

  • Tue
    Sep
    29
    2020
    IN: Tamil Nadu focuses on ABC of tech policies

    Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami unveiled three new IT policies on - artificial intelligence, blockchain and cybersecurity - aimed at addressing the emerging growth areas in IT industry and e-governance. Nicknamed ABC policies and said to be first of its kind in the country, CM Palaniswami launched them at the CII Connect 2020 event on Saturday.

    The policy on artificial intelligence is aimed to provide a framework for inclusive, safe and ethical use of Artificial Intelligence in the government domain and to build fairness, equity, transparency and trust in AI assisted decision making systems.

  • Tue
    Sep
    29
    2020
    Africa: Public-private partnerships hold the key to future development

    For Africa to not just survive the current pandemic, but to thrive, investment into digital infrastructure is inevitable. Much-needed digital infrastructure and the resulting digital transformation will be an enabler of rapid development across the continent, positively impacting the most vulnerable communities.

    While digital transformation is certainly not a new discussion, the Covid-19 pandemic has abruptly accelerated the need for digital adoption. There’s an urgent need to invest in connecting communities and improving service delivery to citizens throughout Africa.

  • Mon
    Sep
    28
    2020
    Why smart cities are a $2.5 trillion opportunity for businesses

    Globally, the smart cities market is expected to reach US$2.5 trillion by 2025.

    Although the concept of smart cities has been around for quite a while, municipal organizations and government agencies are only now beginning to mobilize budgets and make relevant investments.

    In Australia, for example, the Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure, and Population Alan Tudge recently made news for funding a series of smart city initiatives leveraging more than 100 IoT-powered sensors to make public spaces safer.

  • Mon
    Sep
    28
    2020
    The best smart cities put people not tech first, says Panasonic

    • Panasonic supports its people-friendly smart city solutions by focusing on pillars of sustainability, mobility, and communications

    More than half of the world’s population live in the major cities of the world today, and the United Nations projects that to increase to 68%, or two whole thirds of the world’s population by 2050.

  • Mon
    Sep
    28
    2020
    IN: Karnataka: App to collect accident data on the spot soon

    An integrated Road Accident Database (iRAD) mobile application is likely to come up soon which will enable collection of accident data on the spot.

    An integrated Road Accident Database (iRAD) mobile application is likely to come up soon which will enable collection of accident data on the spot. This will help in analysing causes of road accidents and help reduce fatalities. The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MORTH), in-charge of the initiative, will be supported by the World Bank.

  • Mon
    Sep
    28
    2020
    VN: Hanoi, HCMC fall in smart city rankings

    Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam's two largest metropolises, have both fallen 18 places from last year to the bottom half of a global ranking of smart cities.

    HCMC is in 83rd place and Hanoi in 84th in the 2020 Smart City Index compiled by Swiss business school International Institute for Management Development and the Singapore University of Technology and Design.

  • Mon
    Sep
    28
    2020
    IN: Tamil Nadu becomes first state to unveil ethical AI, blockchain, cybersecurity policies in country

    Information Technology secretary Hans Raj Verma talking about the launch of the three policies said that these are foundational policies in leveraging Artificial Intelligence and BlockChain technology

    Tamil Nadu becomes the first state to come out with Tamil Nadu Safe and Ethical Artificial Intelligence (AI), Blockchain and Cybersecurity policies in the country.

    The policies were unveiled by Chief Minister Edapaddi K Palaniswami during the valedictory session of the 19th edition of Connect 2020.

  • Sun
    Sep
    27
    2020
    World’s “Smartest” Cities: Singapore, Helsinki, Zurich, According to Smart City Index Report for 2020

    Singapore, Helsinki (in Finland) and Zurich (in Switzerland) have been named as the world’s “smartest” cities during this year. They’ve managed to outperform other major European and global financial hubs, according to the Smart City Index Report for 2020.

    Geneva is another Swiss city that was ranked in the top 10 smartest cities (at the seventh spot).

    The report has been published by the Institute for Management Development (IMD) and Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD).

  • Sun
    Sep
    27
    2020
    IN: Rajasthan: App to help to locate toilets and garbage points in Ajmer

    The Ajmer Municipal Corporation is developing a mobile application which will depict the location of garbage points and toilets in the city. The app will prove helpful for the general public as well as the tourists.

    Moreover, people will be able to register complaints on the condition of such facilities.

  • Sun
    Sep
    27
    2020
    IN: TN CM Palaniswami launches Artificial Intelligence Policy 2020

    Aims to provide a foundation for inclusive, safe and ethical use of AI

    Tamil Nadu’s Safe & Ethical Artificial Intelligence Policy 2020 launched on Saturday by Chief Minister Edapaddi K Palaniswami aims to provide a framework for inclusive, safe and ethical use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in government domain. It also aims to build fairness, equity, transparency and trust in AI assisted decision making systems.

  • Sun
    Sep
    27
    2020
    IN: Connect 2020: TN Govt advocates big role for blockchain in e-governance

    To provide a suitable environment for developing and maturing the Blockchain ecosystem within the State, the Tamil Nadu Blockchain Policy 2020 has suggested encouraging R&D in Blockchain technology by enabling academic and research institutions, start-ups and enterprises working on Blockchain technology through forums and conferences. It has also suggested spreading awareness about the technology.

    The policy was launched today by Chief Minister Edapaddi K Palaniswami at CII Connect 2020.

  • Sat
    Sep
    26
    2020
    Pandemic spurs need for digital ID

    Digital ID systems, a prerequisite for developing functional e-governance platforms, have been on the agendas of many emerging economies for quite some time.

    However, the Covid-19 pandemic has reemphasized the importance of eIDs in providing social, medical and financial support to households and businesses.

    Electronic identification allows citizens and businesses to prove their identity and access the governmental services online. It enables fully digital processes and eliminates the need for expensive and time-consuming manual operations. Such functionality has been crucial during the pandemic, especially for developing countries.

  • Sat
    Sep
    26
    2020
    Ethiopia will soon have a Tier 3 national data center

    The government of Ethiopia will soon build a national data center that is Tier 3 certified, meaning highly resistant to power interruptions and offering 99.982% data access availability. The Ministry of Innovation and Technology has completed the facility’s preliminary design and is now seeking a company for a design-build contract. The related tender will be launched this month, according to Minister Ahmedin Mohammed.

    The national data center is expected to be built at the ICT Park, near the Bole Lemi industrial park. It will store and secure all public and private information and statistics. It will serve as the main tool for the e-government solution, offering cloud services, colocation and hosting, to better manage business applications.

  • Sat
    Sep
    26
    2020
    Mongolia’s E-Governance Quest

    In the last decade, Mongolia showed progress in e-governance, but there’s more yet to do.

    Mongolia’s e-governance is a topic often overshadowed by the cyber activities of the country’s large neighbors — Russia and China. However, the coronavirus pandemic gave an advantage to the Mongolian government in implementing long-overdue digital governance practices. Mongolia’s implementation of e-governance services, known as “E-Mongolia,” will enhance public services, maximize efficiency, and most importantly, diminishing the deep-rooted bureaucracy and nepotism that have been impeding government services for some time.

  • Sat
    Sep
    26
    2020
    PH: Smart solutions to pandemic, other risks

    Both national and local governments should adopt smart solutions and invest in emerging technologies to deal with risks such as climate change, natural hazards, and the COVID-19 pandemic. The rising population and rapid urbanization demand the adoption of more process, product, organizational, and communication innovations, and smart reforms to address environmental concerns, socioeconomic problems, and other related issues.

    For local governments, the provision of critical services to the public, particularly in the sectors of public health, agriculture, and social welfare, requires smart solutions that can provide digital avenues for health consultation, agricultural extension and research, and social protection and monitoring. While there has been progress in the country’s digital governance indices in recent years, particularly on e-participation, e-government, online service, and e-infrastructure, human capital index is an area for improvement.

  • Sat
    Sep
    26
    2020
    JM: Innovative approaches needed to develop sustainable cities, says Dr Prendergast

    Campus Director, The University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona, Western Jamaica Campus (WJC), Dr Patrick Prendergast, says innovative models and approaches are needed to enhance the process of developing sustainable cities and communities in Jamaica and the rest of the region, in order to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 11 to make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

    “Our cities are among the fastest growing economic and social enterprises requiring new levels of thinking and application towards public health and safety, crime control, traffic congestion, water and wastewater management and coastal management.

  • Fri
    Sep
    25
    2020
    Indian Cities Drop In Global Smart City Index Singapore On Top

    Four Indian cities—New Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, and Bengaluru—witnessed a significant drop in their rankings in the global listing of smart cities that was topped by Singapore.

    The Institute for Management Development (IMD), in collaboration with Singapore University for Technology and Design (SUTD), has released the 2020 Smart City Index, with key findings on how technology is playing a role in the COVID-19 era.

  • Fri
    Sep
    25
    2020
    BD: WB-funded e-GP fails to check graft

    Political influence, collusion, syndication still play major role in public procurement

    Transparency International Bangladesh on Wednesday said that the introduction the e-government procurement hardly checked corruption in the public procurement that crossed over two lakh trillion taka annually.

    The main aim of the e-GP, a joint initiative of the government and the World Bank since 2011, was to curb corruption among the public entities involved in implementing development projects.

  • Fri
    Sep
    25
    2020
    Singapore, Helsinki and Zurich top index of world’s smartest cities

    Singapore, Helsinki and Zurich are the world’s smartest cities, according to an index published on Sept 17 amid a growing debate on the future of urban design for a post-Covid era.

    From smart traffic cameras and car sharing apps to pollution monitoring and free WiFi for all, cities around the world are racing to embrace technology, but researchers said the real test was whether citizens felt the benefits.

  • Fri
    Sep
    25
    2020
    SA: Riyadh soars in global smart city rankings

    Riyadh ranked high by residents especially on provision of services in health and safety, as well as online access to government document processing

    Riyadh has leapt up the ranking of the world’s smart cities, according to the annual survey of residents’ satisfaction conducted by the prestigious Swiss business school IMD.

    The Saudi capital jumped 18 places to finish 53rd out of a total of 109 cities, one of the biggest improvements in the 2020 survey. Its new placing put the city ahead of such established global hubs as Tokyo, Rome, Paris and Beijing.

  • Fri
    Sep
    25
    2020
    TW: Taipei ranked eighth smartest city in global index

    Taipei is the eighth smartest city in the world, according to an index published by the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) on Thursday.

    Taipei, Taiwan's capital, saw its ranking fall by one notch from last year in the IMD index, which is in its second year.

  • Thu
    Sep
    24
    2020
    Reflecting on the future of SA's digital shift

    Although it is undeniably difficult to look back to February 2020 while still in the midst of a global pandemic, reflection can, in fact, reveal the many positive developments (and lessons) that the crisis has brought.

    From a digital transformation perspective, February was significant in that it marked the month of South Africa’s State of the Nation Address (SONA), in which government outlined key initiatives that would place the country on track to realise economic growth through large-scale digitisation. These initiatives included three key focus areas:

    • grassroots development – bringing coding and robotics to primary schools;
    • higher learning – including plans to build a new University of Science and Innovation in Ekurhuleni; and
    • the development of a world-class smart city.

  • Thu
    Sep
    24
    2020
    NG: Azzi: Effective Data Storage Will Prevent Breaches

    Sales Director, Africa, for Western Digital, a global storage company, Mr. Ghassan Azzi, speaks on the importance of data storage for businesses and organisations, as well as the company’s efforts towards transforming data storage in Nigeria. Emma Okonji presents the excerpts:

    Q: What is the importance of data to businesses and organisations in today’s world of digital transformation and why is it necessary to secure their data?

    Data security is crucial for businesses of all sizes, whether you are a global conglomerate, an enterprise or a small start-up. No business today should overlook implementing security measures as effective data storage measures not only help to avoid data breaches but also shield your business against unnecessary financial costs, loss of public trust and potential threats to brand reputation. Data must be securely stored, backed up and ready for retrieval at any point in time. Any organisation without effective data storage infrastructure and devices is still far from the realities of digital transformation.

  • Thu
    Sep
    24
    2020
    UK smart city firms plan trade mission

    Tech Export Academy to boost innovation

    The United Kingdom has launched a new tech academy that will give 30 firms involved in smart city solutions the opportunity to undertake a trade mission to Thailand next year.

    The nine-month Tech Export Academy programme will provide the 30 British companies a package of support to help them expand their business in Asia-Pacific.

  • Thu
    Sep
    24
    2020
    US: Flying Taxis: Experts Balance Enthusiasm Against Reality

    During a recent CoMotion discussion, officials from companies like Uber and Wisk Aero discussed the opportunities and hurdles presented by small, electric aircrafts as a means of shuttling riders through cities.

    Visions of the flying car overlapping with ride-hailing services have been generating more than just skepticism and raised eyebrows. There are actual policy questions that need answering as the nascent technology continues to advance.

  • Wed
    Sep
    23
    2020
    BD: Our educated people proved no good when needed: Lack of governance is not new

    Nearly three-quarters of rural households in the country have low level digital access and skills, revealed a study of BRAC Institute of Governance and Development on Saturday. It divulged that about 49 per cent of the households have no access to a computer and 54 per cent do not have access to the internet. Despite commendable progress in digitising many public services during this decade, rural people still are denied access to digital opportunity.

    The survey found 96 per cent of rural households own a mobile phone, a majority (59 per cent) do not have access to a Smartphone. Among the respondents, 68 per cent can read and write text messages, 10 per cent can check and send emails, 15 per cent can make video calls, 41 per cent can participate in social media, and 28 per cent can make comments on social media. But when it comes to problem-solving and actual utility, the percentage of households who possess the requisite skills is staggeringly low.

  • Wed
    Sep
    23
    2020
    PH: LTO-7 Malasakit Center to have up 1 Gbps internet speed

    The Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT) will be installing a high-speed internet network with a speed of up to one gigabyte per second (Gbps) at the Malasakit Center of the Land Transportation Office in Central Visayas (LTO-7).

    The two agencies recently inked a memorandum of agreement (MOA) wherein the DICT will provide high-speed internet access for the Government Network (GovNet) of LTO-7.

  • Wed
    Sep
    23
    2020
    US: North Carolina: Remote Government Work: A Challenge and an Opportunity

    The less secure nature of home networks has exposed local, county and state governments to new risks during the COVID-19 crisis, experts say, but those risks also set the stage for new opportunities for collaboration.

    With so many government employees still working remotely, IT officials focused on cybersecurity and network safety say the new work environments have introduced new threats. But they've also introduced opportunities for training, awareness building and collaboration.

  • Wed
    Sep
    23
    2020
    BH: Information & eGovernment Authority announces jump in government app August & eservices

    Government digital transformation efforts are proceeding at breakneck speed, as reflected by the quarterly eServices statistics report, which recorded a 20 fold surge in government mobile application usage available in the eGovernment App store bahrain.bh/apps , compared to the same Five-month period last year.

    Information & eGovernment Authority (iGA) Deputy Chief Executive of Electronic Transformation, Dr. Zakareya Ahmed AlKhajah revealed that the report, covering the months from April to August 2020, also found that more than 800,000 government transactions were processed through all channels, with online payments exceeding BD 57 million across all digital channels.

  • Wed
    Sep
    23
    2020
    IN: New $9m research programme for smart city solutions

    NUS and ST Engineering are collaborating on a S$9 million, multi-year advanced digital technologies research programme to further their common goals of building a people-centric, smart future for Singapore and beyond.

    Research efforts of this new programme will focus on technologies related to Smart City as well as Smart Maintenance, Repairs and Overhaul (MRO), covering five areas: resource optimisation and scheduling; prescriptive analytics; decision and sense-making; reasoning engine and machine learning; as well as digital twin. These research areas support ST Engineering’s focus on developing differentiated and people-centric, smart city solutions that meet the present and future needs of cities around the world. The interdisciplinary research areas are also aligned with NUS’ endeavours as a driving force behind smart city innovations, leveraging its deep expertise that spans multiple domains and faculties.

  • Wed
    Sep
    23
    2020
    AU: How 5G will boost Big Industry

    The acceleration of digital transformation across industries because of the COVID pandemic and the rapid build-out and adoption of 5G is having a huge impact on the way that big business is planning for new market opportunities.

    The response to the pandemic, with lockdowns and border closures, restricted travel and the impact on office work has generated a surge in planning for digitalisation and the creation of new business models.

  • Wed
    Sep
    23
    2020
    Saudi Arabia Offers Electronic Marriage Registration Across The Kingdom

    Earlier this year, Saudi Arabia began an experimental phase of an electronic marriage registration process in its capital city of Riyadh. At the time, the Saudi Ministry of Justice explained that the aim of the platform was to allow the ministry to be more efficient and to have more automated services available to the general public. This week, the new online system is being rolled out across the Kingdom, following the successful registration of 75,000 contracts in Riyadh, marking another key move towards the digitalization of government services and entities in Saudi Arabia

    The new system is hosted on www.ezawaj.sa, giving people full access to the digital version of all the required documents and paperwork they need to register their marriage. It also allows anyone to fill their respective data directly on the portal and offers a range of legal services.

  • Tue
    Sep
    22
    2020
    UAE Ranks First on Regional Level’s ICT Indicators in Global Innovation Index 2020

    The UAE maintained its Arab and regional leadership in a number of ICT related indicators, according to the Global Innovation Index Report 2020, which included results related to Global Competitiveness indicators for ICT sector.

    According to the report, the UAE ranked first on the Arab and regional level in information and communication technologies (ICTs) pillar, ICT access indicator, and ICT use indicator. The UAE also ranked first in the Arab region in Generic top-level domains (gTLDs), and in Country-code top-level domains (ccTLDs) (.ae). This reflects the UAE’s efforts in enforcing the digital transformation embodied by the government’s directions towards being one of the leading countries in the world.

  • Tue
    Sep
    22
    2020
    BD: BIGD survey: Half of all rural households have no access to computer, internet

    The study also finds that the income of a household has a strong and significant impact on the household’s digital access, skills, and literacy

    A recent survey has revealed that about half of all rural households in Bangladesh do not have access to a computer or the internet.

  • Tue
    Sep
    22
    2020
    BD: Grasping the value of blockchain-focused research and education

    The demand for blockchain technology is intensifying at a rapid pace, signalling the stipulation for talent and expertise. What unfolded as a consequence of the cataclysmic financial crisis in 2008, has become one of the most radical solutions to alter the groundwork of numerous industries. Blockchain technology has become an eccentric solution to the predominant banking system, providing more control to the users and a level-playing field for new financial entrepreneurs.

    Although it is renowned in the financial world, very few people comprehend the capabilities of the technology beyond that framework. The severe precariousness of the market and pessimism surrounding the notion of decentralised finance has dispersed unsolicited publicity, even though the technology rapidly evolved, and surfaced as a key disruptive player in the non-financial context.

  • Tue
    Sep
    22
    2020
    TW: First self-driving bus on three-month trial service in Tainan

    A month ago, the first self-driving bus operations begun its three-month trial in the southern Taiwanese city of Tainan. It is the first revenue-generating service of autonomous rapid transit (ART) project supported by the central and local governments. The goal is to launch commercial operation across the country in 2021.

    “Autonomous technology will lead a revolutionary change to the city’s transportation systems,” said Huang Wei-Cher, Mayor of Tainan. “The smart transportation initiative will help us improve overall road safety, operational efficiency, and rural area transportation services.”

  • Tue
    Sep
    22
    2020
    MY: Selangor: Digitalising to benefit businesses

    With large-scale and international events as well as conferences unlikely to take place for the foreseeable future, the Selangor government is providing a virtual networking platform for businesses in the state through the Selangor Business Hub (SBH).

    The SBH digital platform is expected to provide another channel of communication for businesses to engage and network with stakeholders, especially from the region, amid the movement restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • Mon
    Sep
    21
    2020
    Digital access dismal in rural Bangladesh

    BIGD study on 6,500 households finds about half of them have access to neither computer nor Net

    Nearly three-quarters of rural households in the country have low level digital access and skills, finds a survey of Brac Institute of Governance and Development.

    The survey showed that about 49 percent of the households have no access to a computer and 54 percent do not have access to the internet. Although 96 percent of rural households own a mobile phone, a majority (59 percent) do not have access to a smartphone, according to the findings.

  • Mon
    Sep
    21
    2020
    Emerging countries will adopt 5G faster than expected

    Emerging markets have always been behind developed countries in adopting the latest generation mobile networks, with a few exceptions. While it would be safe to assume that emerging markets would also lag in 5G adoption, global tech market advisory firm, ABI Research, finds that emerging countries will have faster than expected 5G subscriber adoption.

    The Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 5G subscriptions in emerging markets is estimated to be 26% between 2020 to 2030, an impressive rate considering the global CAGR of 5G subscriptions is only a slightly higher 28% in the same period.

  • Mon
    Sep
    21
    2020
    54% Bangladeshi rural households lack internet access: survey

    Despite the government's pro-digital approach, 54 percent rural households in Bangladesh do not have access to internet, a new study shows. And experts fear this 'digital divide' could hinder e-governance progress.

    According to the research findings unveiled today, 59 percent in rural households do not have access to a smartphone and 49 percent have no access to computers.

  • Mon
    Sep
    21
    2020
    PH: Bong Go pushes e-governance

    Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go has raised the need to prioritize digitalization of public service delivery as he renewed his call for the passage of the E-Governance Bill.

    “We need e-governance to provide our people with the services they need from the comfort of their homes or workplaces,” he told the country’s economic managers during a briefing conducted by the Development Budget Coordination Council last week.

  • Mon
    Sep
    21
    2020
    Jordan drops 19 places in UN’s E-Government Development Index

    Jordan also dropped 39 places in the Human Capital Index

    The Jordan Strategy Forum (JSF) on Saturday released a policy paper titled “E-Government Development Index: Where Jordan Stands and Future Steps”, which reviewed Jordan’s ranking on the recently published 2020 United Nations E-Government Development Index (EGDI).

    The paper revealed that Jordan’s e-government ranking on the EGDI has been falling since 2014, having dropped 19 places in 2020, in comparison with 2018, now ranking 117th out of 193 countries, attributing the reason to other countries’ rapid improvement in terms of digital governments, according to a JSF statement.

  • Sun
    Sep
    20
    2020
    NP: The digital delight

    How Covid-19 lockdown triggered a constructive change in Nepal’s e-governance system and digital financial system

    In keeping with the worldwide pattern of digitalization, Nepal has made a outstanding progress within the area of knowledge and communications know-how (ICT) previously few years. Nevertheless, some reviews present that the state is lagging behind in partaking, designing or delivering modern growth options within the evolving panorama.

  • Sat
    Sep
    19
    2020
    IN: Madhya Pradesh: Indore: Prominent Smart City projects halted as funds stuck with state

    It is not just municipal services that have been hit due to financial crunch in Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) leading to frequent strike by private agencies and contractors, the crisis has also hit ongoing and flagship projects of Indore Smart City project.

    From Indore Smart City’s flagship projects like Rajwada to sludge hygienization plant, and even MOG Lines - work on all these projects have come to a grinding halt - thanks to the delay in release of funds from state.

  • Sat
    Sep
    19
    2020
    IN: Odisha: Bhubaneswar: Doctors at 1929 Call Centre come to rescue of COVID positive cases

    Doctors deputed at 1929 Call Centre of Bhubaneswar Operations Centre have started helping people fighting COVID-19 in a better way.

    While counselling by doctors has always got a distinct touch of confidence-building measure, patients panicking to join a COVID hospital are now getting ample confidence to stay under Home Isolation, if they are either asymptomatic or mild symptomatic.

  • Sat
    Sep
    19
    2020
    IN: Telangana: Make digital villages a reality

    Increasing penetration of mobiles in rural India makes it easier to implement digital tech solutions even in inaccessible areas

    Digital Village or DigiGaon have become buzzwords these days. There are around 6,50,000 villages in India, with 70% of India’s population living in these villages. Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged on the Independence Day this year to connect all of India’s villages with optic fibre cables within 1,000 days. This will give a boost to the already existing “Digital Village Campaign”. But, what exactly is a digital village?

  • Sat
    Sep
    19
    2020
    GCC: One Country In The Middle East is Increasing Their Data Centres

    The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) data centre market is expected to reach revenues of over $2 billion by 2025 with a cumulative revenue opportunity for data centre power infrastructure providers of $1 billion during 2019-2025, as previously highlighted by The Fintech Times. One country looking to boost its data centres is Saudi Arabia.

    Managed services such as data storage, data maintenance, and remote access to applications have seen significant growth in Saudi Arabia in recent years. This is in line with Saudi Telecoms Company’s (STC) plans to build 12 new data storage facilities by 2022 to replace their legacy systems, while the country’s private sector businesses look to take advantage of the opportunity to outsource operations to reduce in-house operational costs related to managing data.

  • Sat
    Sep
    19
    2020
    US: Innovation In Government: What the Transition Teams Should Understand

    To get things done in the executive branch, it helps to have a solid plan.

    Innovation isn’t something the public typically associates with government. However, there are more than a few scattered pockets of innovators across federal agencies who sometimes come up with startling changes to operating models, business processes, services, or management. Some of these initiatives are orchestrated from the top of an agency, but many happen organically on the front lines in response to a specific problem. How have federal approaches to innovation evolved over the past 30 years? Following are four of the more prominent initiatives over this period.

  • Fri
    Sep
    18
    2020
    The need to accelerate the digital payment ecosystem in Pakistan

    Digital payments have transformed the way businesses receive payments and also the way consumers make payments. Be it online money transfer, paying utility bills, or having a personal mobile wallet to save money, digital payment gateways have the potential to usher the country into an era of efficient cashless economy.

    Although the advantages of digital payments are widespread, Pakistan has remained slow in adopting this new technological intervention. The need to accelerate the digital payment ecosystem in Pakistan.

  • Fri
    Sep
    18
    2020
    IN: Set up e-office system for Mantralaya: Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray

    In view of the Covid-19 pandemic, chief minister Uddhav Thackeray directed state officials to set up an e-office system for various departments in Mantralaya. Thackeray, who was given a presentation on the e-governance plan, said that cloud technology should be used so that employees, officials, secretaries and ministers can work from any location. In the first phase, letters, attendance of Mantralaya employees are to be set up online.

    “Use the latest in information technology such as cloud technology. A system will have to be created so that all the members in the decision-making process, including employees, officers, secretaries and ministers, should be able to make decisions from wherever they are. Because of the coronavirus outbreak, we have to think about the attendance in office and the nature of the work,” the CM was quoted in the press note from the chief minister’s office (CMO).

  • Fri
    Sep
    18
    2020
    MY: Mampu initiatives - MyGov*Net, DDMS 2.0 - get international recognition

    Two initiatives of the Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit (Mampu) - MyGov*Net and Digital Document Management System (DDMS) 2.0 - received recognitions in two main categories at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), held in Geneva, Switzerland from Sept 7 to 10.

    Mampu director-general, Datuk Dr Yusof Ismail (pix), in a statement today said the initiatives were declared ‘Champion Top 5’ in two categories, namely the Information and Communication Infrastructure and the Enabling Environment.

  • Fri
    Sep
    18
    2020
    PH: Government must get it’s digital act together

    Last July 13, the DICT released a press statement announcing that it was seeking P44.6 billion to fund programs for the country’s digital transformation. Of the P44.6 billion, P22.1 billion will be allotted to improve the country’s wi-fi and broadband infrastructures, and develop e-platform and online systems to support the e-governance initiatives of different departments. Another P11.7 billion will be allocated for its digital government initiatives and P10.2 billion for digital workforce and digital education.

    As someone who has long been advocating for government to give top priority to our digital economy readiness, I was elated that the government is finally taking seriously its digital transformation plan judging from the dramatic increase in the proposed budget allocation for 2021.

  • Fri
    Sep
    18
    2020
    Data Protection Bill ‘Il ensure protection for all internet users in Nigeria- NITDA

    The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) says the proposed Data Protection Bill 2020, would provide protection for all internet users in Nigeria when passed into law.

    NITDA Director-General, Mr Kashifu Inuwa, said this on Thursday at an online workshop organised by the agency for Data Protection Officers (DPOs) and Focal Persons in Abuja.

  • Thu
    Sep
    17
    2020
    NG: FG’s enterprise architecture to drive digital transformation, DG NITDA says

    As Enterprise Architecture is being used as a standard tool for executing a digital transformation strategy, the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has implemented the Nigeria Government Enterprise Architecture (NGEA) to set directions for Government digital transformation in Nigeria.

    The Director-General of NITDA, Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, disclosed this at the 12th ISACA Annual Conference where he delivered Keynote Address with the theme: “Accelerating Digital Transformation: The Nigerian Trends. https://tribuneonlineng.com/fgs-enterprise-architecture-to-drive-digital-transformation-dg-nitda-says/

  • Thu
    Sep
    17
    2020
    VN: Ministry of Public Security to collect fingerprints for ID cards

    The Ministry of Public Security is expected to synchronously collect fingerprints for citizen identity card (ID card) across the country under new method and use electronic chip cards for high security and faster processing speed, integrating utilities during the usage process from November 1.

    This information was released at an online conference between the departments of public security of 63 provinces and cities belonging to the Central yesterday.

  • Thu
    Sep
    17
    2020
    Inside China’s new ‘Covid-proof’ self-sufficient smart city where residents can isolate in style during future pandemics

    China is planning to build a Covid-proof ‘smart city’ in the wake of the global pandemic which has killed nearly 900,000 people.

    The state-of-the-art flagship metropolis – near Beijing – will be specially built so it can combat future deadly outbreaks.

  • Thu
    Sep
    17
    2020
    'Self-sufficient' Chinese city to reflect coronavirus lessons

    A new city near Beijing featuring wooden apartment blocks, rooftop farms and renewable energy is being designed with drone-friendly terraces and ample space from which to work at home in case of future pandemic outbreaks, its chief architect said.

    Barcelona-based Guallart Architects last month won a contest to design a community in Xiong’an, a new city promoted by Chinese President Xi Jinping as “a new standard in the post-Covid era” that can also be applied elsewhere.

  • Thu
    Sep
    17
    2020
    IN: In blockchain voting, leave out the general election

    The idea of further digitising India’s electoral infrastructure is problematic and could hinder free and fair polls The Election Commission of India has for a while now been toying with the idea of further digitising the electoral infrastructure of the country. In furtherance of this, the Election Commission had, last month, held an online conference in collaboration with the Tamil Nadu e-Governance Agency (“TNeGA”) and IIT Madras, through which they explored the possibility of using blockchain technology for the purpose of enabling remote elections. While this exploration is still only in the nascent stages, there are several concerns that must be considered at the offset with utmost caution.

  • Wed
    Sep
    16
    2020
    MY: Jendela – a window of opportunity for mobile services providers

    Malaysia’s priority in expanding existing 4G and fibre networks over 5G rollouts is positive for operators, given that there is still scope to further monetise existing 4G networks, and migrate 2G and 3G subscribers to 4G, but the downside is that Malaysia will be a late adopter of 5G services in the region, trailing peers Thailand and Singapore.

    The new digital infrastructure plan named Jendela will focus on widening the availability of 4G and fibre networks through a phased approach through to 2022 while delaying to 2022 the launch of 5G networks, which was previously scheduled for 2020.

  • Wed
    Sep
    16
    2020
    Saudi Arabia tops G20 digital competitiveness rankings

    • The Kingdom beat France, Indonesia and China to claim top spot among the G20 member states
    • Elsewhere in the Middle East, Iran and Lebanon dropped significantly

    Saudi Arabia has been ranked first among 140 nations for its digital competitiveness as it invests heavily in the technology sector.

  • Wed
    Sep
    16
    2020
    US: Florida: Jacksonville thought leaders explore how smart cities improve communities

    Planners, developers, and investors talk about “smart cities.” But what does that mean to a region like Jacksonville and North Florida. What benefits will residents and business owners realize as the area becomes more digitally “connected?”

    In a Jacksonville Business Journal panel discussion, hosted by Comcast Business, area developers and planners explore the smart city taking shape across the region – and what it means to the people who live, work, and play here.

  • Wed
    Sep
    16
    2020
    China to build new COVID-proof ‘smart’ city

    China is building a new ‘smart’ city that is COVID-proof as well as designed to prevent any future Pandemics.

    The apartment blocks in the city of Xiong’an, to be built outside Beijing, will be such that residents will be able to continue their activities even during the lockdown.

    Each flat will have a large balcony that will provide outdoor access and the office areas will be large enough to maintain social distance.

  • Tue
    Sep
    15
    2020
    CN: Hong Kong: How Environmental Protection Department uses smart technology

    A few years ago, “smart city” was a new concept in Hong Kong. However, in recent years, it has become widely known as more people join in the discussions and practices. There are many good examples: the Common Operational Picture developed by the Civil Engineering and Development Department facilitates government departments to formulate emergency plans with maps on various aspects integrated with the latest information to monitor the situation when a typhoon hits Hong Kong. The interactive map dashboard which tracks local COVID-19 epidemic and presents the latest information in a one-stop manner is also a good illustration. It enables the citizens to get the information at a glance. Since its launch in early February this year, the number of visits by the public has exceeded 30 million, showing a wide acceptance.

  • Tue
    Sep
    15
    2020
    US: Texas: City of San Antonio takes closer look at how it collects, uses data

    City finds internet access one of many things families lack

    Every year, the city of San Antonio collects information through surveys.

    They determine the structure of the city’s budget and the allocation of things, like health care services.

  • Tue
    Sep
    15
    2020
    VN: Award promotes sustainable development of smart cities

    The Vietnam Smart City Award 2020 was officially launched online by the Vietnam Software and IT Services Association (VINASA) on September 7, aiming to push for sustainable development of smart cities across the nation.

    At the event, VINASA Chairman Truong Gia Binh laid stress on the significance of smart city development, holding it is billed as one of the best tools to serve both people and businesses.

  • Tue
    Sep
    15
    2020
    CN: Digital Economy to Inject Impetus

    China will scale up measures to spur the growth of the digital economy to inject new impetus into the economy and foster high-quality development, said officials at a major forum during the weekend.

    Xiao Yaqing, minister of industry and information technology, said on Saturday the ministry will make a big push to promote digital industrialization and industrial digitalization in the next step.

  • Tue
    Sep
    15
    2020
    PH: Digital divide, lack of infrastructure hamper e-government system facebook sharing button messenger sharing button twitter sharing button

    Digital divide, inadequate information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure, and outdated laws have hampered the delivery of an efficient electronic government system, according to study conducted by the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS).

    These factors need to be addressed as a sound e-government system is crucial to the efficient delivery of services in the ‘new normal’ amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Tue
    Sep
    15
    2020
    PH: E-gov’t shift not happening fast enough — think tank

    The adoption of e-government systems has been “incremental” with the pandemic exposing areas still untouched by the digital shift, such as cash aid distribution, a government think tank said.

    In a statement Monday, the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) said its upcoming discussion paper, “Innovating Governance: Building Resilience Against COVID-19 Pandemic and Other Risks,” will highlight the importance of accelerating e-government to deal with crises.

  • Mon
    Sep
    14
    2020
    NIPOST to open 10,000 smart offices across Nigeria

    The Nigeria Postal Services (NIPOST) is set to open 10,000 smart offices across the country in a bid to make post offices a one-stop-shop for diverse economic transactions and overcome the challenges faced as a result of the erosion of the letter-writing culture in line with the Federal Government’s digital economy policy.

    The Postmaster General of the Federation, Dr Ismail Adewusi, made this known at the weekend at the General Post Office Complex, Dugbe in Ibadan, while inspecting facilities of the agency in Oyo State, adding that plans are underway to embrace technological development to give the best service to people in the country.

  • Mon
    Sep
    14
    2020
    AE: DLD adopts AI-based smart valuation process

    The Dubai Land Department (DLD) announced the completion of the first stage of project that uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the smart valuation process of real estate units.

    The first-of-its-kind project is in line with DLD's approach, which regards innovation as a fundamental pillar for shaping the future.

  • Mon
    Sep
    14
    2020
    Somalia offers cheapest Internet in region, Kenya lags on low investment

    Summary

    • In Africa, Somalia is followed by Sudan at position 13, Algeria 15th, Reunion 22nd, Tanzania 23rd, Ghana 34th, Western Sahara 36th, Morocco 37th, Kenya, Mayotte 44th, Egypt 45th while Djibouti closed the top 50 index at position 48.
    • Citizens in these countries pay Sh68, Sh70, Sh77, Sh101, Sh106, Sh106, Sh112, Sh116, Sh117 and Sh121 for every 1GB of mobile data on average, respectively.
    • Zambia, Tunisia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Uganda, Congo, Guinea, Burundi, Lesotho, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso and Mauritius all make it in the top 100, surpassing developed economies such as Germany, the United States, Switzerland, South Korea, Belgium, Portugal, New Zealand, Norway and Netherlands.

  • Mon
    Sep
    14
    2020
    IN: How is IoT expected to change our experiences in the near future?

    The Internet of Things (IoT) has made waves in the past few years with the promise to transform data from connected objects into meaning that enrich our lives. IoT as a technology focuses on convenience, efficiency as well as enabling new business models and has a vast potential for consumers and businesses.

    According to McKinsey, the impact could be as large as USD 11 trillion by 2025, which is equivalent to 11% of the world economy. We are also already witnessing IoT being applied to products and services by businesses to develop digital services and drive new growth. Customers are equally excited by the development and would like to see IoT to be used for smart home applications, smart healthcare solutions and smart automotive services.

  • Mon
    Sep
    14
    2020
    IN: Assam: Guwahati Smart City Project; all schemes stuck in time warp

    The Guwahati Smart City Project seems to have got stuck in time warp. Since its launch in 2015, the project has not made much progress. The Guwahati Smart City Ltd (GSCL) was created in 2016 as a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) for the smooth implementation of the Smart City Project.

    A reality check of the project shows that while only four schemes under the project have seen the light of the day, seven other schemes under the project are far from being completed. Some of them are at the preliminary stages.

  • Sun
    Sep
    13
    2020
    TT: Overdue tax move

    The removal of taxes on laptop, notebook and tablet computers will come as a relief to the many people for whom staying home to stay safe means being disconnected from services, livelihoods, social circles and the sheer joy of work and recreation.

    In removing the tax, the Government has undone its error of re-imposing taxes on computers previously removed by the Panday administration over 20 years ago. That error was further compounded by the imposition of the seven-per cent online tax which put computers beyond the reach of many citizens. Until now, the Government’s fiscal approach suggested a view of computers as luxuries. That position has been eviscerated by Covid-19, which has forcefully proven personal computers are as intrinsic to modern living as pen, paper and the telephone were to older generations.

  • Sun
    Sep
    13
    2020
    IN: Karnataka asks Centre to include Mysuru, Ballari in Smart City project

    Urban Development Minister Byrati Basavaraj said Karnataka government has written a letter to Union Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs urging it to include four more cities in the Smart City project.

    Speaking to media persons here on Sunday, he said Karnataka government has recommended including Ballari, Vijaypura, Kalaburagi and Mysuru under the Union government flagship programme of Smart City.

  • Sun
    Sep
    13
    2020
    Small Japanese towns look to lead world in smart-city tech

    Residents control data to allay privacy concerns troubling US and China projects

    Japan's regional cities are taking a new approach to smart cities, which use digital technology to improve functionality and livability.

    In the U.S. and China, which lead the field, people's distrust of having personal information collected en masse is an obstacle to expanding smart cities. On the other hand, Japan is finding success in taking the opposite tack and making the provision of personal information optional.

  • Sat
    Sep
    12
    2020
    TT: Bacchus: Digital transformation is about people

    Transformation is about people, and in his role as the new Minister in the Ministry of Public Administration and Digital Transformation, Hassel Bacchus said one of his focuses will be the impact of technology on citizens.

    “This (digital) transformation is not entirely new. There have been (previous) announcements on thrusts and implementation both from government to government, government to business and government to citizens.

  • Sat
    Sep
    12
    2020
    Iran, Russia to cooperate on artificial intelligence research

    Iran's Deputy Minister Communications and Information Technology Hamid Fattahi and Russian Deputy Minister of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media Maxim Parshin met and held talks online about cooperation on artificial intelligence, Trend reports citing İRNA.

    The second meeting of Iran-Russia Cooperation Group on Communications and Information Technology was held online on Thursday.

  • Sat
    Sep
    12
    2020
    CN: Shanghai: ‘Suishen code’ big help in fitness, employment

    A health code developed in this province for epidemic control amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the Suishen code, now has a new role as the city is promoting it in more life scenarios including commuting, medical services, government services, employment and fitness, Shanghai authorities announced.

    Supported by big data technology, the code is carried by Suishenban, the mobile end of the city’s one-stop online-offline services. In some scenarios, it is now used as proof of personal identification.

  • Sat
    Sep
    12
    2020
    IN: Assam: Are Guwahati’s Drainage Failures a Blow to its Smart City Goals?

    The Smart City plan envisions establishing Guwahati as a Regional Hub for the northeast India and a World Class City by anchoring and reorienting the city towards its natural assets of being the economic, education, health and IT- capital of the northeastern region of India. A couple of goals to achieve this include becoming a flood-resilient city and to establish a de-congested city.

    The micro experience of Sarania is a harsh reality of the city that is still struggling with the core issues of water logging, garbage disposal, inefficient management and a lack of civic sense from the citizens’ part.

  • Fri
    Sep
    11
    2020
    Envisioning a path to T&T’s Digital Society

    In their 2020 election manifesto, the government of Trinidad & Tobago excited many with the thought of national innovation, by anchoring its 5-year strategic plan on the creation of a digital society. The movement towards national digitalisation has been inevitable since the explosion of the Internet in the latter half of the 90s. Early adopters, such as Estonia, have shown the world the realisable benefits of the approach.

    However, for Trinidad & Tobago, the movement is nothing short of a necessity. Within the last decade, national progress has stalled, and the last administration was forced to shift focus over to restoring economic stability after the ripple effects of the global recession of 2008/2009 eventually took their toll.

  • Fri
    Sep
    11
    2020
    IN: Punjab: Ludhiana: Speed up Smart City projects, civic body chief tells officials

    Holds first review meeting; wants focus to be on quality of work

    MC Commissioner-cum-CEO of Ludhiana Smart City Limited Pardeep Kumar Sabharwal has given directions to the officials concerned to speed up work of projects under the Smart City mission. He also given instructions to officers to focus on quality of work at project sites and also fix their responsibilities.

  • Fri
    Sep
    11
    2020
    Smart cities in Vietnam hold solution to pandemic

    Smart cities hold the answer to the modern world's problems including rising population, pollution, traffic congestion, climate change and even global-scale disasters such as the COVID-19 pandemic, according to experts.

    Smart cities hold the answer to the modern world's problems including rising population, pollution, traffic congestion, climate change and even global-scale disasters such as the COVID-19 pandemic, according to experts.

  • Thu
    Sep
    10
    2020
    BH: Customs fees, taxes payable online

    Customs fees and taxes can now be paid via the national portal bahrain.bh without the need to physically visit service centres, the Ministry of Interior’s Customs Affairs announced yesterday. Customs Affairs Finance head Hamad Buhijji said: “The new service, provided in collaboration with the Information and eGovernment Authority (iGA), is in line with the directives of Minister of Interior General Shaikh Rashid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa to digitally transform all the ministry’s services.

    “Customs fees, and the tax payment service, in particular, attract a high volume of requests, standing at approximately 73,000 transactions prior to the service going online.” He praised the partnership between Customs Affairs and the iGA, and expressed his appreciation for the authority’s efforts in making this service available to the public following a restructuring and revamping of processes and procedures, which are aimed at making it as accessible as possible.

  • Thu
    Sep
    10
    2020
    What makes us Malaysian in the digital space?

    In the first five phases of the Movement Control Order (MCO), Malaysia used technology in specific ways.

    Among the most prominent was to highlight specific groups for contact tracing efforts through applications such as MySejahtera, to control the movement of people on platforms like Gerak Malaysia and to cope with work-from-home endeavours where the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation and private sector companies such as Microsoft provided tutorials on video conferencing and adopted digital means of conducting operations and delivering services.

  • Thu
    Sep
    10
    2020
    Africa’s Cybersecurity leaders virtually connect to build a more secure Digital Ecosystem for the Continent at World Cyber Security Summit

    Trescon’s World Cyber Security Summit – Africa succeeded in bringing in fresh narratives, innovative ideas and awareness on key areas such as cyber threat intelligence, data governance, data privacy and cyber regulations in the African region.

    Wednesday, 02 September 2020: On Friday, Africa played host to the most content-rich virtual conference on Cybersecurity by convening over 200 online participants that included government authorities, policymakers and the region’s leading CISOs and Cybersecurity experts. The summit was put together to raise awareness on the Socio-technical aspects of Cybersecurity and the importance of using emerging technologies in the fight against cybercrime in the region.

  • Thu
    Sep
    10
    2020
    TH: B.Grimm and Amata work on smart city

    SET-listed B.Grimm Power has teamed up with Thailand's second largest industrial land developer and operator, Amata Corporation, to develop a smart city in a major industrial area.

    The company wants to build a smart grid, or distributed power generation system, in the area as part of plans to expand its electricity-related businesses.

  • Thu
    Sep
    10
    2020
    PK: Parks and horticulture Authority Introducing E-governance In Department

    Parks and horticulture Authority (PHA) is going to introduce e-governance in the department for bringing improvement in performance graph.

    PHA Director General Asima Ijaz Cheema said on here Wednesday, the importance of information technology could not be ruled out which would help improve the performance of the department.

  • Thu
    Sep
    10
    2020
    IN: Telangana: Hyderabad: Governance for Phygital World

    The world is now living in two worlds, one is ‘Physical’ and the other one is ‘Digital’. On the whole, it is living in the ‘Phygital Society’.

    One company that is making fast strides is Amilionn Technologies, a Hyderabad based leading technology player in eGovernance.Phygital Governance is not just about digital access to government information or electronic payments, but it is about the change in how citizens relate to governments delivering citizen services, says Harish Amilineni, CEO of Amilionn Technologies Pvt. Ltd

  • Thu
    Sep
    10
    2020
    Next Biometrics fingerprint tech deployed in mobile printer for financial inclusion in India

    Company restructuring going well, expects Q3 revenues to be higher than Q2

    Next Biometrics announced a new integration of its biometric fingerprint technology in a mobile printer that supports social and financial inclusion in India, in its first Insights update written by Next Biometrics’ CEO Peter Heuman.

    BluPrints develops the Integrated Mobile Printer Series dubbed “Vriddhi” which uses Bluetooth to help communities in semi-urban and rural parts of India. The all-in-one wireless device features Aadhaar-enabled biometrics integrated with a thermal printer to support various business use cases in banking, financial inclusion, eKYC, public distribution and e-governance.

  • Wed
    Sep
    09
    2020
    ZA: Budget pressure for phase two of Gauteng broadband project

    The Department of e-Government has refuted fresh claims that management of phase two of the Gauteng Broadband Network (GBN) has been handed over to another agency.

    According to Adriana Randall, Democratic Alliance (DA) Gauteng shadow MEC for finance and e-government, the department has turned to the Gauteng Infrastructure Funding Agency (GIFA) to implement phase two of the GBN project.

  • Wed
    Sep
    09
    2020
    TH: Bangkok is getting smarter: 4 districts focused in urban plan

    Bangkok is becoming a so-called “smart city” with an urban development plan focused on making improvements to city technology and infrastructure. The National Charter of Thailand says they’re focusing on 4 districts: Chinatown, Asoke, Rattanakosin Island and Tao Poon.

    For the Yaowarat district, or Chinatown, 580 metres will become a “web of transport” under the plan funded by the Thailand Science Research and Innovation. Free public WiFi will be provided in the area and improvements to the district’s infrastructure will make Chinatown more appealing to tourists and visitors.

  • Wed
    Sep
    09
    2020
    CA: Rogers expands 5G network to 26 cities and towns in B.C.

    The company rolled out its 5G network in January in downtown Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.

    Rogers Communications has announced it is expanding its 5G wireless network to 26 cities and towns in B.C., and more than 50 in Canada.

    Rogers 5G network, powered by Ericsson, is expected to be in more than 60 markets in Canada by the end of the year, the company said in a news release Tuesday.

  • Wed
    Sep
    09
    2020
    MY: Govt to announce IR4.0 and digital roadmap this month

    A comprehensive plan on the fourth industrial revolution (IR4.0) and digital roadmap will be announced by month-end in an effort to ensure Malaysians have access to better connectivity with a wider coverage.

    Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah (picture) said the government will focus on five components for the roadmap which are digital talent development, emerging technology, the economic prospects along with the society and governmental part of it.

  • Wed
    Sep
    09
    2020
    IN: Chhattisgarh: Raipur Smart City Invites Bids for 2.9 MW of Rooftop Solar Under CAPEX Model

    The last date for online submission of bids is September 14, 2020

    The Nava Raipur Atal Nagar Smart City Corporation Limited (NRANSCCL) has invited bids for the installation of 2.9 MW of rooftop solar projects at various locations under the capital expenditure (CAPEX) model.

    Besides the design, engineering, installation, testing, and commissioning of the solar systems, the contract will also include operation and maintenance (O&M) for ten years.

  • Tue
    Sep
    08
    2020
    Canada's first 5G network expands to 26 cities in British Columbia

    Rogers is expanding Canada’s first and largest 5G network to 26 new cities and towns in British Columbia.

    On Tuesday, the telecommunications giant announced that including these markets, Rogers 5G network has launched in over 50 new cities and towns in the country and will reach a total of more than 60 markets by the end of 2020.

  • Tue
    Sep
    08
    2020
    MY: Three concepts to drive Putrajaya's vision for development

    The concept of smart city, green city and sports city will drive Putrajaya's vision for the next five years, said Perbadanan Putrajaya (PPj) president Datuk Dr Aminuddin Hassim.

    "The previous development was more on physical and infrastructural development (as an administrative centre) but now the focus is more on filling the gaps," he told Bernama recently.

  • Tue
    Sep
    08
    2020
    ID: Smart city initiatives aid Covid-19 response in Jakarta

    Data analysis and IT innovation have been central to Indonesia’s Covid-19 response, with cities across the country looking to smart city solutions to help curb the outbreak. However, challenges remain.

    Prior to the outbreak, smart city platforms had mostly been used in Jakarta to distribute information to the public and to receive complaints about public services.

  • Tue
    Sep
    08
    2020
    KE: Konza Brings Up The Importance of Digital Technologies in Shaping The Future of Smart Cities

    Konza City has been trying to make a name for itself, and for the most part, it has been trying to push that agenda.

    Over the last couple of days, the developing city has been developing an action plan to pursue the offerings of the city under a "The Role of Emerging Digital Technologies in Shaping the Future of Smart and Sustainable Cities Post Covid-19" title.

  • Tue
    Sep
    08
    2020
    MY: Putrajaya exemplary benchmark in development, management of well-planned city — PM

    The federal government’s administrative centre, Putrajaya, has often been cited as an exemplary benchmark by other countries in the development and management of a well-planned city and has also received praise from many heads of state, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (pictured).

    After 25 years of its establishment, he said Putrajaya had rapidly grown, not only in the physical aspect but also in the socio-economic development.

  • Mon
    Sep
    07
    2020
    MY: PM: Civil service will not be downsized

    The 1.6 million-strong civil service will not be downsized as a result of the ongoing implementation of the electronic government system (e-government), says Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. He gave assurance that while an increase in productivity and public service effectiveness was important, this must not be linked with making the civil service workforce smaller.

  • Mon
    Sep
    07
    2020
    IN: Maharashtra: Air quality study in 6 smart cities finds no logic in some projects

    As per the findings of the study, all cities have fitted air sensors under the mission, “but there is no clarity on how the data generated by these is and will be used by the city.”

    NGO Parisar, which works in the field of environmental awareness, has released a report on air quality management in six smart cities in Maharashtra. Smart Cities Mission Director Kunal Kumar has asked the cities to take the findings of the report constructively in the quest for cleaner air.

  • Mon
    Sep
    07
    2020
    PH: Business registration portal to launch in Sept.

    The government’s central portal streamlining the process of establishing a business is due for public launch next month, the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) said.

    The central business portal aims to reduce business registration to an eight-step process lasting less than a week. Registration took 13 steps and 33 days in 2019, ARTA said in a statement Saturday.

  • Mon
    Sep
    07
    2020
    IN: Jammu and Kashmir: Govt notifies policy to use IT as engine for sustainable growth of economy

    To use Information Technology (IT) as an engine for rapid inclusive and sustainable growth in the economy with active participation of private initiatives, the Government of Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir has notified IT and IT Enabled Services (ITES) Policy.

    Besides leveraging and harnessing the power of IT in the areas of education, health, employment and industries and commerce, the policy will help in attracting average investment target of Rs 500 crore per year for next five years.

  • Mon
    Sep
    07
    2020
    Top priority for digital transformation in Oman and eGovernment

    This comes in line with Oman’s 2040 vision, which considered this sector as a supporter and enabler of economic sectors

    Dr Ali bin Amer al Shaithani, Under-Secretary for Communications and Information Technology at the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology, said the ministry is committed to implementing the eGovernment strategy as a priority goal in line with the Royal Directives of His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik.

  • Sun
    Sep
    06
    2020
    MY:Muhyiddin: No downsizing of civil service workforce due to e-government system

    The 1.6 million-strong civil service workforce will not be downsized as a result of the ongoing implementation of the electronic government system (e-government), Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said.

    He gave an assurance that while an increase in productivity and public service effectiveness was important, this must not be linked with making the civil service workforce smaller.

  • Sun
    Sep
    06
    2020
    NG: We’ve resolved 790 data protection issues — NITDA

    The National Information Technology Development Agency on Friday said 790 issues relating to data protection had been resolved by NITDA in partnership with Data Protection Compliance Organisations.

    NITDA’s Director-General, Kashifu Inuwa, disclosed this in a statement titled ‘Data protection: NITDA resolves 790 issues’ issued in Abuja by the agency’s spokesperson, Hadiza Umar.

  • Sun
    Sep
    06
    2020
    IN: Report on six smart cities in Maharashtra shows poor usage of air quality data

    A report published by a city NGO has highlighted the need to step up implementation of air quality improvement proposals — under the National Clean Air Programme — in six smart cities in the state.

    The report by Parisar compares ground-level data to plans laid out in the original smart city proposals submitted by Pune, Nashik, Aurangabad, Nagpur, Thane, and Solapur.

  • Sun
    Sep
    06
    2020
    IN: Jammu and Kashmir: Online system for monitoring PW projects approved

    The Administrative Council (AC) which met under the chairmanship of Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha, approved development and implementation of Online Management, Monitoring & Accounting System for Public Works (R&B) Department through Centre for Development of Advance Computing (C-DAC) under the oversight of J&K e-Governance Agency (JaKeGA), Information Technology Department.

    The online web based portal envisages digitizing major processes of the Department which will include infrastructure management, human resource management, online project proposals, contractors’ registration and hosting of information regarding contractors ‘details, works executed by them, among others.

  • Sat
    Sep
    05
    2020
    AI-powered traffic management is slashing Asia’s congestion problem

    • Asian cities are among the most congested, accident-prone in the world
    • AI-driven intelligent traffic management systems could significantly improve not just traffic conditions, but bring ecological and business benefits as well

    Cities across Asia are growing exponentially, and there seems to be no end in sight to the rapid urbanization that is driving city populations up around the world’s largest continent.

  • Sat
    Sep
    05
    2020
    NG: NITDA launches Government Enterprise Architecture Portal

    The Federal Government through the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), has inaugurated the Digital Transformation Technical Working Group (DT-TWG) and the Nigeria Government Enterprise Architecture (NGEA) portal aimed at organising enterprise resources.

    The DT-TWG will be responsible for coordinating implementation of National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS), National e-Government Master Plan (NeGMP) and any digital transformation related activities in the public sector at the Federal level.

  • Sat
    Sep
    05
    2020
    IN: Arunachal Pradesh: PSCDCL launched mobile app for skilled professionals

    The official mobile app of the Pasighat Smart City has been launched by East Siang DC, Dr. Kinny Singh on Friday. The App has been developed to help people skilled in various professions to connect with customers.

    Terming it as a great platform to create livelihood opportunities, the DC said that skilled people can provide doorstep services ranging from plumbing, Mobile, TV repairing, electrical, catering, and various other trades to the customers through the android based app. Such services will particularly benefit those who do not have established shops and are engaged in freelancing services. The need for doorstep services was also felt during the Pandemic.

  • Sat
    Sep
    05
    2020
    PH: Tarlac City prepares to convert into ‘smart city’

    Future transactions in this city will soon be conducted online using a web portal and mobile telephone applications, under an initiative to become Central Luzon’s first “smart city.”

    Given the demands for automation and cashless transactions because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Tarlac has partnered with private developer Information Technology Business Solutions Corp. (ITBS) to develop the “Angel Portal Ecosystem Project” in order to improve the delivery of services in a shorter time and without generating huge crowds.

  • Sat
    Sep
    05
    2020
    Why Nigeria should embrace 5G network – Experts

    Adopting the fifth-generation (5G) network will transform Nigeria into a ‘smart city’, improve its economic growth and migrate it to a digital economy, experts have said.

    The Computer Professionals (Registration Council of Nigeria), gave the recommendation in a communique issued at the end of its meeting on Wednesday.

  • Fri
    Sep
    04
    2020
    VN: HCMC Smart City Operation Center to receive VND34 billion

    Chairman of Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong has just approved the project to technically support HCMC Smart City Operation Center.

    The project aims at providing technical support and comprehensively evaluating investment effectiveness of the establishment of the HCMC Smart City Operation Center. It will assess aspects of designing, technical solutions, operation procedures, socio-economic impacts, investment plan, and environmental effects.

  • Fri
    Sep
    04
    2020
    NG: Pantami Launches NGEA to Boost Govt ICT Investment

    The Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami, has stated that without appropriate digital governance it is difficult to implement digital policies and meet strategic goals that will drive digital economy.

    He stated this when he virtually inaugurated the Digital Transformation Technical Working Group DT-TWG phase one and officially launched Nigeria Government Enterprise Architecture portal NGEA in Abuja.

  • Fri
    Sep
    04
    2020
    Investing in digital infrastructure can make the difference to Africa's economic recovery

    Africa faces many challenges on its path to becoming a global economic competitor. The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on Africa's development can either be a massive barrier to advancement - or, the spark that lights the fire of innovation and investment across the continent.

    There’s no denying that for most of the world, the Covid-19 pandemic has pushed digital adoption forward in vast leaps in a very short space of time. What the pandemic has also made apparent is the disparities of infrastructure across Africa, as well as gaps in adoption and policy.

  • Fri
    Sep
    04
    2020
    NG: FG inaugurates digital transformation technical working groups

    To drive the implementation of its National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS), the federal government has inaugurated Digital Transformation Technical Working Groups (DT-TWGS) of Federal Public Institutions (FPIS)- phase 1, Thursday.

    Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami at the inauguration stated that, “In today’s digital economy era, governments must treat digital as an integral part of governance in order to succeed and compete globally.

  • Thu
    Sep
    03
    2020
    Subscription-based IoT services launched in the UAE

    In line with UAEs vision to fast track digital transformation, Software AG and du, from Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC), recently signed a partnership to provide a subscription-based licensing model for IoT services to its business customers.

    The strategic collaboration enables the two companies to address complex IoT implementations for organisations in UAE. These businesses will benefit from rapid application development features, reduced time to deployment and out-of the-box IoT analytics and dashboards to see the complete picture of their IoT data.

  • Thu
    Sep
    03
    2020
    Vietnam 15th best performer in Asia for digital well-being: report

    A global report on digital quality of life placed Vietnam at 54th out of 85 economies and 15th in Asia, surpassing many of its neighbors.

    Vietnam scored an average of 0.5 on a scale of 1 and is ahead of many Southeast Asian neighbors like Thailand (63rd), the Philippines (66th) and Indonesia (71st), according to a report released by Surfshark, a virtual private network service based in the British Virgin Islands.

  • Thu
    Sep
    03
    2020
    VN: PM orders improvement of legal environment for e-government building

    Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc requested ministries and localities to soon address shortcomings in the legal environment for building the e-government, while chairing an online meeting on August 26.

    He noted that the rate of online public services remains low, which is unlikely to reach 30% at the year’s end without new ways of implementation. Some ministries and provinces could only reach less than 10%, an alarming level, he added.

  • Thu
    Sep
    03
    2020
    IN: Gujarat: Vadodara: Sensors to monitor Vishwamitri level

    Those residing in low-lying areas of the city or in localities that get flooded by Vishwamitri river monitor its levels anxiously when there is heavy rain or water is released from the Ajwa reservoir.

    So far, this level was noted by Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) personnel present at the Kalaghoda bridge or a CCTV camera is focussed on the markings and footage is relayed to the City Command and Control Centre (CCCC).

  • Thu
    Sep
    03
    2020
    IN: Maharashtra: Pune 28th in ‘internal’ ranking of smart cities

    The city slipped to the 28th position in the internal ranking of smart cities from the last year’s 17th, prompting the Pune Smart Development Corporation Limited authorities cite delay in updating data as the reason for the slide.

    “This is not the final annual ranking. It is just a weekly update. The city’s rank has fallen because the updated information was not shared with the authority concerned. The ranking will improve once the data is updated,” said Rubal Agarwal, the chief executive officer (CEO) of the Pune Smart Development Corporation Limited (PSCDCL), adding that lack of manpower triggered the delay in updating the data of the city.

  • Thu
    Sep
    03
    2020
    How Technology Outlines the Future Smart Cities

    Cities are getting more and more intelligent with technology.

    From your house getting smarter to now- the cities, the world is making the best out of leveraging technology. With every passing day, the technology is casting its spell on the way the world is doing in modern times. The devices that are deployed and used in our homes are all becoming smart with every version of it taking its form with time. Well, that is not all because technology has been directly entering the cities straight. A smart city is the one that is being driven by technology. A smart city stands as a representation of optimization, intelligence, and progress.

  • Wed
    Sep
    02
    2020
    Israel Ranked Eighth in World for Digital Quality of Life

    Surfshark rankings put Israel first for internet affordability, but 59th for internet quality

    If you’re going to be working at home, Israel isn’t a bad place to be doing it: Israel ranks eighth among 85 countries around the world in the Digital Quality of Life Index compiled by the virtual private network provider Surfshark.

    Israel ranked No. 1 in the world for internet affordability, but the survey also found that Israel was in just 59th place for internet quality. The survey looked at 12 parameters that include such factors as price, quality, speed and stability of the network, level of government digital services and cybersecurity.

  • Wed
    Sep
    02
    2020
    Smart Cities in the Future: Visions of What’s Possible

    The world is rapidly urbanizing. As populations increase and technology brings everyone closer together, more and more people are becoming urban dwellers. China alone is on track to have a staggering 221 cities with over one million inhabitants within the next five years.

    With the importance of cities on the rise, it’s worth considering how this trend in urban size and scope will impact the development of the modern phenomenon commonly referred to as the “smart city.”

  • Wed
    Sep
    02
    2020
    VN: US allocates $1.45 mln toward HCMC's smart city development

    The U.S. will provide a grant of over $1.45 million in technical assistance to help HCMC build a smart city operation center.

    The grant includes over $1.16 million non-refundable aid from the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) while the remainder is provided by American consulting services company Winbourne Consulting, who will carry out the project.

  • Wed
    Sep
    02
    2020
    US: Delaware: State investing $20 million in broadband

    Rural Woodbridge School District is among Delaware’s school districts facing online challenges within its community during the coronavirus crisis.

    Additional help may loom over the immediate horizon for the district, which includes northwestern Sussex County and southwestern Kent County.

    In a virtual town hall session Monday, state officials announced that $20 million in CARES Act funding is earmarked for high-speed internet expansion, a demand magnified by upcoming remote learning necessitated by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Wed
    Sep
    02
    2020
    Vietnam aims for 100,000 digital technology companies by 2030

    Vietnam hopes to develop 100,000 digital technology companies by 2030 which will contribute 20 per cent to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP).

    This was a highlight of the draft national strategy for developing Vietnamese digital technology companies which the Ministry of Information and Communications recently made public for comments.

  • Tue
    Sep
    01
    2020
    IN: Jammu and Kashmir: Free Wi-Fi service launched at 6 locations in Jammu

    The Jammu administration has started a first of its kind initiative of launching free Wi-Fi service in six locations of Jammu city. Lt Governor Manoj Sinha on Sunday

    E-Inaugurated Smart Wi-Fi connectivity under the Smart City Mission.

    The free Wi-Fi has been installed at Residency Road, Raghunath Bazar, Mubarak Mandi to Parade Chowk, Bahu Fort, Apsara Road, and Green belt park.

  • Tue
    Sep
    01
    2020
    How Investing in Digital Infrastructure can make the Difference to Africa’s Economic Recovery

    Africa faces many challenges on its path to becoming a global economic competitor. The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on Africa’s development can either be a massive barrier to advancement – or, the spark that lights the fire of innovation and investment across the continent.

    There’s no denying that for most of the world, the Covid-19 pandemic has pushed digital adoption forward in vast leaps in a very short space of time. What the pandemic has also made apparent is the disparities of infrastructure across Africa, as well as gaps in adoption and policy. It’s now a necessity, rather than a luxury to fast-track the adoption of technology. By increasing productivity and facilitating innovation, technology is a key sector for the economic development of any country, and those who have embarked on their digital transformation journeys are better equipped to handle the obstacles that arise.

  • Tue
    Sep
    01
    2020
    IN: Himachal Pradesh: Shimla Smart City: New parking, parks and wider roads on cards

    Despite the challenges posed by Covid-19 pandemic, Shimla Smart City project is gaining momentum as Rs 550 crore would be spent on increasing liveability and beautification of the tourist town. Urban development minister Suresh Bhardwaj said that as part of the project, “smart paths” would be constructed from Sanjauli to the Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC); a parking lot would be constructed at IGMC; and a five-storey building would be constructed in Vikas Nagar ward which house a parking lot, a commercial complex and a community centre.

    Bhardwaj on Sunday also inspected the 467 shops being constructed at Sabzi Mandi at a cost of Rs 120 crore. He visited the Lower Bazar, Ram Bazaar and Ganj Bazar. He said that under the smart city project, buildings would be constructed in 36 blocks of Krishna Nagar.

  • Tue
    Sep
    01
    2020
    MO: Why Cybersecurity Is Crucial in Smart Cities

    Smart cities are the future. Today more than ever, nations around the globe are starting to adopt new developments to enhance their cities’ smart capabilities.

    One such nation is Macau, which joined hands with the Chinese technology giant Alibaba group in 2017. The goal was to develop a public-private partnership project that aims to turn the special administrative region into a leading smart city in the Asia Pacific region.

  • Tue
    Sep
    01
    2020
    Top 5 digital transformation use cases in the public sector

    Broadly defined, digital transformation encompasses all the activities and processes of integrating and adapting digital technology for new and existing business workflows. There is no department or objective within an organization that wouldn’t benefit from the overall intent of digital transformation initiatives in any industry. However, public sector entities can benefit from modernizing and automating their processes and accessing their data. Here are five key use cases to guide, help and support digital transformation efforts to better serve constituents and government employees.

  • Mon
    Aug
    31
    2020
    Vietnam’s E-government Ranking Only Tells Partial Story of Digital Transformation

    • Vietnam ranked 86th in a new e-government ranking by the United Nations, but the country has ambitious plans to become a digital society by the next decade.
    • Both public and private sectors seized opportunities to accelerate innovation during the pandemic, but there had already been some successes before then.
    • Conditions are favorable for businesses especially in the tech sector, but legal barriers, security issues, and a global recession are challenges to be considered.

    On July 10, 2020, the United Nations released its E-Government Survey 2020. With an overall score of 0.66 on the E-Government Development Index (EGDI), Vietnam moved up two places from last year and was ranked 86th among 193 member states. Though Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Brunei, and the Philippines scored higher, Vietnam has so far already made some substantial improvements on e-governance and hopes to be among the top four Southeast Asian nations by 2025.

  • Mon
    Aug
    31
    2020
    UAE AI Ethics advisory board explores next steps

    The Artificial Intelligence (AI) Ethics Advisory Board – an initiative by the Smart Dubai – has recently convened for its second meeting for 2020, bringing together board members representing leading government and private-sector entities to explore plans for the upcoming period.

    The Board was formed to steer the development and deployment of human-centred ethical AI, and to encourage fairness, transparency, and accountability in AI systems in Dubai. It was designed to create a multi-stakeholder collaborative platform and foster an ongoing dialogue, enabling board members to share knowledge and expertise around this complex technology, and to explore viable policy instruments that can more readily adapt to evolving AI technologies.

  • Mon
    Aug
    31
    2020
    Smart cities are only as good as their connectivity

    Smart cities are gaining traction, with worldwide spending on connected city initiatives predicted to reach $124 billion this year; an 18.9 per cent increase from 2019. The smart city vision involves driverless cars, artificial intelligence (AI), smart street lighting and smart parking. It promises to solve a fundamental challenge for towns and cities – how to reduce costs and generate economic growth and resilience, while increasing sustainability and improving public services and quality of life.

    However, when it comes to smart cities, you’re only as good as your connectivity. As such, the community will depend on high speed reactions. To have delays or crashes would be detrimental to the functioning of the entire environment, leading to more than grumbles but a decline in productivity, economy, and quality of life.

  • Mon
    Aug
    31
    2020
    Resilient cities are being redefined by the coronavirus

    The pandemic has had disproportionately powerful negative impacts on cities, where population density has proven a liability. Now and in the future, cities will remain on the front lines of mitigation. Their residents and visitors will need to live, work and play in vastly different ways than before. In trying to respond to these evolving needs, city and municipal agency leaders are finding themselves in a position that many were not prepared for: as the world’s most intense incubators, exponents and exporters of innovation in resilience.

    It wasn’t always like this. Until recently, resilience was a much-discussed yet still vague concept. In contrast to the aspirational nirvana of smartness in cities, resilience was the more pragmatic cousin, a state-of-being at the end of a logical sequence of actions. Nevertheless, it was a strategically and operationally multidimensional topic, workshopped extensively, and variously described across a plethora of frameworks. This is not at all surprising, because when you combine such a massively convergent concept as resilience with such a massively convergent domain as cities, complexity is on the other side of the equals sign.

  • Sun
    Aug
    30
    2020
    KE: Digital Finance Is the Key to Post-Pandemic Development

    After decades of rising inequality and unsustainable investment, we have the tools and knowhow to achieve inclusive, sustainable development. We must use them to leverage new digital-finance technology to build a financial system that works for people and the planet. “We are experiencing the sharpest decline in per capita income since 1870,” United Nations Secretary-General (UNSG) António Guterres pointed out in a recent speech, warning that the COVID-19 crisis has put 70-100 million people at risk of being pushed into extreme poverty. Preventing that outcome will require concerted and comprehensive action to reboot and rebuild the global economy in a sustainable, inclusive way. Technology – in particular, new digital-finance tools – can play an important role in this process.

  • Sun
    Aug
    30
    2020
    More than half of the region’s 4.1 billion people remain offline and in least developed countries

    Collaboration at the regional level is a critical force for scaling up effective technologies and increasing innovation capacity in the fight against COVID-19, according to high-level officials and key stakeholders at the third session of the Committee on Information and Communications Technology (ICT), Science, Technology and Innovation.

    Convened by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the two-day Committee meeting highlighted how digital inclusion and resilient digital networks across the entire region have become the foundation for government measures to effectively stem the worst impacts of the pandemic.

  • Sun
    Aug
    30
    2020
    BD: Talking about a revolution

    To become a developed nation by 2041, we need to adapt to the advent of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

    Over the last few decades, the decline in fertility and mortality rates in Bangladesh and subsequent increase in the working-age population (15-59) considered as “demographic dividend” relative to the dependents (0-14 and 60+) offer the country an opportunity to accelerate economic growth.

  • Sun
    Aug
    30
    2020
    IN: Uttarakhand: Dehradun: DM directs officials to fix timeline to complete pending Smart City projects

    Days after taking over as the CEO, Smart City Limited, Dehradun DM Ashish Srivastava on Saturday held a meeting with the officials and contractors involved in Smart City works and asked them to prepare timelines to finish pending projects.

    The DM said that he had received several complaints about roads which had been dug up for projects and then left unattended, creating major inconvenience, especially during monsoon.

  • Sun
    Aug
    30
    2020
    IN: Kerala: E-autorickshaws launched in Thiruvananthapuram

    These vehicles will enable shared auto scheme and will be equipped with GPS tracking and printed bill facility.

    Electric auto rickshaws (e-autos) have been rolled out in the capital city on Saturday by the city corporation as part of Smart city Thiruvananthapuram Limited for promoting electric mobility. Industries Minister E P Jayarajan flagged off 15 e-autos which were manufactured in the public sector company, Kerala Automobiles Limited (KAL).

  • Sat
    Aug
    29
    2020
    How Covid-19 has affected Kenya's digital quality of life

    Summary

    • The study, which investigated 85 countries in which 81 per cent of the people in the world lived in the past 12 months, picked six countries in Africa for the research, and Kenya emerged at position 77.
    • Kenya beat Nigeria and Algeria but was unable to surpass the technological convenience in South Africa, Morocco and Tunisia.
    • While the 2020 DQL Index Edition report exposes Kenya's weak and below average digital quality of life during the pandemic, it ranks the country 61st in the quality of delivery of e-government services.

  • Sat
    Aug
    29
    2020
    MY: Smart homes, industries and cities will transform lives

    When the Selangor government launched its Smart Selangor blueprint four years ago, not many realised that it was a game changer.

    Being a progressive state, Selangor is poised to take its development to greater heights with this initiative, although it is impeded by slow growth as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • Fri
    Aug
    28
    2020
    Digital Pakistan Initiative Is Making Progress, as Nation’s Digital Banking Infrastructure Is Upgraded, but Many More Improvements Needed

    Pakistan needs to work on its economic development strategy. The country has a population of over 210 million, but its GDP hasn’t grown nearly as fast.

    The country’s GDP is around $300 billion and the average income is about $1,500 per year which is significantly below the global average. It’s certainly not enough to maintain a decent standard of living as most people are unable to afford the basic necessities like access to quality education and healthcare.

  • Fri
    Aug
    28
    2020
    BN: Geared towards digital transformation

    Advancing as a Smart Nation requires undertaking a holistic and comprehensive exercise of digital transformation, which is where the Digital Economy Masterplan 2025 comes in, as a digital economy means more than just connectivity.

    This was said by Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications Haji Mohammad Nazri bin Haji Mohammad Yusof, who delivered a speech on behalf of Minister of Transport and Infocommunications Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Yusof, during the Borneo Bulletin Yearbook (BBYB) Networking Session yesterday.

The Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF), or more commonly known in the Philippines as the Pag-IBIG fund, launched the ‘Pag-IBIG Citi Prepaid Card’ as part of its efforts to provide more than 12 million fund members a more convenient and secure way of receiving and using their loan benefits.

HDMF is the provident financial institution in the Philippines, and membership is mandatory for all Filipino employees, onshore and offshore.

The Pag-IBIG Citi Prepaid Card is a reloadable prepaid card and can be used for the disbursement of Multi-Purpose Loans (MPL) and Calamity loan proceeds. Members may sign up to avail of the card for the release of their benefits upon filing their loan applications.

MPL aims to provide financial assistance to fund members concerning various needs such as: minor home improvements, tuition and medical expenses, health and even additional capital for small businesses. Meanwhile, fund members who reside in calamity-stricken areas can apply for a calamity loan where they can borrow up to 80 per cent of their total savings.

Borrowers who are interested to apply for the card can go to the nearest Pag-IBIG branch office and file their loan application. Once approved, the loan proceeds will be credited to their Pag-IBIG Citi Prepaid Card, and the member can then make purchases at more than 130,000 Visa-accepting merchants nationwide and withdraw cash at any local ATMs.

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Autor(en)/Author(s): Clarice Africa

Quelle/Source: futureGov, 05.02.2013

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