Author: Mikhail Doroshevich
The second round table discussion within the framework of joint UNDP Belarus - Belarusian government programme "ICT Support to Parliament" which took place in Minsk on the 3rd of March this year was devoted to the issues of ICT and public administration and of e-governance strategies development. Belarusian and foreign experts (A. Danilin (Microsoft Russia), A. Marusov (director of Information Development Agency, Ukraine) participated in the discussion.
V. Tsepkalo, Belarusian President Assistant Secretary informed participants about e-government initiatives within "E-Belarus" programme framework. V. Novosiad, a member of the lower chamber of Belarusian Parliament shared his views of the role of parliamentarians in the development of e-governance strategies.
A. Nareiko (Chamber of the Representatives of the Belarusian Parliament), M. Satolina (National center of legal Information), B. Panshin (National Center for Marketing and Price Study), V. Jankovski (coordinator of mailgov.by project) actively participated in the discussion.
The participants agreed that political will, adequate resources, appropriate changes in legislation and citizens' access to new ICTs are the major prerequisites for e-governance strategy development. Belarusian Parliament is to play the leading role in e-governance strategies development and implementation.
The participants of the discussion supported proposal to create a kind of Expert Council put forward by Mr. Novosiad. Such a Council would provide information and analysis on e-governance issues for legislative and executive authorities and would monitor e-governance developments in Belarus.
It was emphasized by the participants that development of comprehensive programme for government portals creation and initiating appropriate changes in laws and regulations should become first steps towards e-governance project implementation.
The participants of "ICT and public administration: e-governance strategies for Belarus" stressed that e-governance project is a natural and necessary extension of E-Belarus programme.
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