A multi-agency group has been dispatched to Mexico and Colombia at their request for the transfer of the South Korean government’s know-how on e-government, the Ministry of the Interior here said Tuesday.
The team, led by Vice Interior Minister Kim Sung-lyul, consists of officials from the interior ministry, the Ministry of Government Legislation, the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety, the Anti-corruption & Civil Rights Commission and the Korean National Police Agency, the ministry said.
Earlier, Mexico asked South Korea to cooperate in policies and research for the setup of the e-government system, while Colombia showed interest in the Korean government’s civil portal service, ombudsman system and administrative information sharing, according to the ministry.
E-Government is the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to improve the activities of public sector organisations. Some definitions restrict e-government to Internet-enabled applications only, or only to interactions between government and outside groups.
The delegation and Mexico’s public administration ministry held a two-day forum on public administration cooperation in Mexico City starting Monday, the ministry said.
Vice Minister Kim also plans to propose the Mexican home ministry sign a memorandum of understanding on exchanges and cooperation in the legislation sector.
In Colombia from Thursday through Sunday, the group will hold a forum with Colombian officials and visit agencies related to government reform.
“The joint delegation will provide Central and South American nations with an opportunity to hear the Korean government’s experiences on reform and digital government,” Kim said.
South Korea topped the United Nation’s biennial e-government survey three consecutive times starting in 2010. (Yonhap)