Focus e-Gov: GES 2007 to Host e-Government Summit

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Industry veterans & regional government leaders to gather, share real-world success stories and implementation challenges.

Global Entrepolis @ Singapore 2007 (GES 2007) today unveiled the agenda for its e-Government Summit - a global platform to promote knowledge-sharing on e-government within the industry. The event will see the presence of Solution Providers, academics, as well as end-user government agencies and public sector practitioners. Solution Providers taking centre-stage at the Summit will include industry heavy-weights like IBM, Cisco, Accenture, CrimsonLogic, and NCS; government agencies will consist of Singapore's Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Defence, Infocomm Development Authority, and Qatar's Supreme Council of Information & Communication Technology; academia will see representation by the National University of Singapore.

Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports and Second Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts, Republic of Singapore, will be the Guest of Honour at the Summit. According to him, "Singaporeans expect high-quality, timely services that intelligently address their needs. Well thought out e-governance implementation can also help governments engage citizens in key policy and governance matters. This is a key component of our vision of governance, characterised by integrity, efficiency, efficacy and adaptability in the face of rapid change and high demands."

The Summit is a part of GES 2007 which is being organised by Zenith Events Management, with the Singapore Business Federation and the Singapore Economic Development Board as the presenting organisations. Speaking on the purpose of the Summit, Mr. Chua Taik Him, Chairman, Organising Committee, GES 2007 shared, "e-Government has become a critical enabler of national development today, providing a means for governments to reach out directly to their citizens, a feat which was unachievable in the past - particularly for the developing nations. Through the Summit, we are creating a platform where Solution Providers and government end-users can gather and discuss issues impacting e-government implementation as well as the future roadmap for the next level of development. It will also be a great opportunity for agencies that are planning to deploy e-government as they can learn from the real-world scenarios that will be addressed at the Summit."

Co-organiser of the Summit, eGL Singapore's Ong Lih Ling, Centre Director, added, "e-Government implementation is on the rise in this region as well as the rest of the world. This is primarily because governments have realised the role that ICT can play in connecting them to citizens and they are keen to translate their IT investments into improved governance. According to Government Insights, public sector IT spending in Asia/Pacific (Excluding Japan) is expected to grow at an average CAGR of 7.9% by 2011 with the People's Republic of China alone expected to account for close to US$12 billion of this expenditure ."

Gary Fung, Managing Director of Zenith Events Managements, organisers of the Summit, commented on Singapore's expertise in e-government. "Singapore was ranked first by an Accenture report earlier this year. Other reputable institutes like Brown University have also ranked Singapore favourably with regard to its e-government practices. The Summit will address very current topics that I'm sure will spark engaging discussions between local and international e-Gov practitioners," he said.

This year's topics focus on real-world deployments across the government sector, going in-depth into key challenges faced, strategic drivers, success stories, and future roadmap. They range from 'Towards an Integrated Government: Singapore's e-Government Journey', 'Enhancing Efficiency & Transparency through e-Procurement: A Case Study', to 'Leveraging Public-Private Sector Partnership to enhance e-Government Service Delivery' and 'Challenges in Working with Government to Deliver the e-Government Agenda - An Industry View'.

Besides individual presentations, there will also be some panel discussions in order to infuse maximum-possible interactivity into the event.

Please find the full agenda attached as an appendix to this release.

The e-Government Summit 2007 is a part of GES 2007, and will be held on the 13th of November 2007. It is organised by Zenith Events Management, and co-organised by eGL Singapore. For more information on the Summit and the program, please visit

Global Entrepolis @ Singapore 2007 will be held at the Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre from the 12th to the 15th of November. For more information, please visit

About GES 2007
GES 2007 is a unique festival of events: Cutting across industries, from nurturing and promoting entrepreneurship to facilitating investments, and business opportunities and collaboration, as well as providing a myriad of business networking, exhibition and conference platforms for a truly global audience.

GES 2007 will see a gathering of a series of major events: from strategic conference and industry seminars to venture capitalist summits and business workshops; from an emerging technology exposition - The Enterprise Exchange, to winning innovations and effective business matching platforms.

Understanding the importance of connecting for success, GES is the one big networking event where it all happens!

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About Zenith Events Management Pte Ltd
Zenith Events Management Pte Ltd's forte lies in organising and managing trade exhibitions and conferences, providing a compelling platform for businesses to converge and for buyers and sellers to connect face-to-face, facilitating business, investment and partnerships. Leveraging on its global network and expertise with affiliate offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong, coupled with an integrated marketing communications approach in its business model, Zenith Events Management is poised to create value in helping businesses and entrepreneurs gain market share and acquire business insights. As a member of Singapore Association of Convention and Exhibition Organisers and Suppliers (SACEOS), Zenith Events Management also collaborates with industry players, government bodies and trade associations to act as a catalyst for business success.

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About eGL
The Singapore e-Government Leadership Centre (eGL) was set up on 1 August 2006 with the mission to conduct executive leadership education on e-Government, through the provision of training and consultancy services. The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) together with the Institute of Systems Science (ISS) and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKY SPP), both of the National University of Singapore, are the three partner institutions behind this Centre. Drawing on the experience, knowledge and lessons learnt in Singapore's e-Government and e-Government implementations around the world, eGL aims to develop leadership capability to accelerate economic development and capacity building through e-Government.

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About Economic Development Board
The Economic Development Board is the lead government agency responsible for planning and executing economic strategies to enhance Singapore's position as a global hub for business and investment. We are the one-stop agency that facilitates and supports local and foreign investors in both the manufacturing and services sectors as they seek more value-creating operations, higher sustainable returns and new business opportunities.

Singapore commands global leadership positions in many areas. EDB is expanding and extending existing industry clusters, as well as exploring new growth areas to create good jobs and secure Singapore's future competitiveness. Our emphasis is on capital-intensive, knowledge-intensive and innovation-intensive activities.

For more information on how EDB can help in your business and investment, please visit

About Singapore Business Federation
The Singapore Business Federation is the apex business chamber in Singapore. SBF aims to advance and promote business opportunities and networking within the business community both in Singapore and abroad. At the national level, SBF works closely with the government and labour organisations in a tripartite relationship to create a conducive business environment in Singapore. At the international arena, SBF represents the Singapore business community in multilateral, regional and bilateral business organisations to advance and promote their interest in trade expansion.

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