08 February 2010, Monday, 21:08

Igor Shegolev: “Information technologies are absolutely necessary for successful development of Russian regions”

author: Eugene Rakhimkulov | photo: Oleg Yarovikov

The possibility to use IT in everyday activity of all power branches is the pledge of successful development of every Russian region. This is the opinion of Russian Communications and Mass Communications Minister Igor Shegolev, who took the floor at the meeting of the Governmental regional development commission in Ufa.

“Regional authorities provide the lion’s share of all socially significant service today – beginning with payment of doles and finishing with distribution of permits for house-building” – he said – “In December 2009 we’ve approved the list of the prior services for population. Certain steps on turning these services to the e-format are already undertaken at the federal level. We’ve launched the universal federal portal and we are ready to start working with all Russian regions, providing them with the necessary technological infrastructure and our designs in this sphere”.

Ten leading Russian regions give the data about their services to the universal federal portal already today and at present time the information about 270 such services is available there. In order to preserve the unity in the approaches to transition of all public services to e-format it is necessary, as M-r Shegolev believes, to make the structure for managing the project of e-services and for that they have to determine the general provider for e-government, as it is already done at the federal level and in several Russian regions. Besides, the necessary technological infrastructure has to be created in the regions: the universal portal and the register of public services plus the regional system of interdepartmental electronic interaction.

“We have to use the already available designs in this sphere” – Igor Shegolev said – “Taking rather different start-up level of technological readiness in different Russian regions we suggest that the federal portal and the state register should be used in those regions, where their own resources are still absent. But if the regional portal is to the fore, as in Bashkortostan for instance, we have to integrate it into the federal portal and this approach will contribute to appearance of the unified information network for e-services on the whole territory of the country. In other words, any Russian citizen should have the access to any information about e-services not just in his own region but in any other region too”.

In many regions the elements of e-government are already present. “In Bashkortostan we may see the example of the usage of e-cards for medical and transport services and it is remarkable that though this project is developed as the state-private partnership at the regional level, its close interaction with the federal structures provides necessary integration of both systems”.

The economic effect from investments to the e-services is quite evident and proved at the international level. Optimization of administrative procedures gives substantial money saving. For example, introduction of e-services in one of the cities in India resulted in the rise of the tax collections by 125%.

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