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Information and Communication Technologies for the Public Service

A Small States Focus

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Electronic infrastructure and network functionality are being utilised by governments around the world. The challenge that developing Commonwealth countries face is that many of them still do not have either the advanced industries or the financial means to modernise governments and their service delivery. This book looks at the obstacles facing developing countries and what lessons they can learn from developed countries’ approach towards e-government.



The authors begin by describing the three parallel trends that account for the current circumstances, so that the social, political and technological context of e-government and e-governance in developing countries can be clearly understood. They then review some of the considerations involved for implementing e-governance and e-government. The final chapters give practical examples of working plans for implementing e-government in Barbados, Belize, Cayman Islands, Cyprus, Grenada, Guyana, Mauritius, and Trinidad and Tobago.

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From Developed to Developing Countries

As will be shown in this chapter, much of the literature in the academic world reflects the important dichotomies between the developed countries’ approach towards e-government and the obstacles facing developing countries. In summary, the challenge that developing Commonwealth countries face is that many of them still do not have either the advanced industries or the financial wherewithal to duplicate in all respects what their fellow members have achieved in the more developed countries. At the same time, however, public expectations are building to the same extent as they did elsewhere regarding the desire to modernise governments and their service delivery. Such a discrepancy, which sets the growing desire for change against the financial constraints on implementation, faces the Commonwealth system with a unique dilemma.

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