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Singapore looks to export e-government

The country's ICT regulator and promoter establishes a new body focused on applying its public sector infocomm expertise elsewhere in the world.

SINGAPORE--The government unveiled Tuesday a new entity designed to export its public sector infocomm expertise to administrations around the world.

IDA International, formed as a subsidiary of Singapore's Infocomm Development Authority (IDA)--the country's ICT regulator and promoter--will focus on collaborating with overseas public sector agencies to execute projects. Such expertise includes national infocomm planning and e-government consultancy.

Led by CEO Seah Chin Siong, IDA International is expected to explore partnerships in Asia, the Middle East, South Africa, Central and South America and the Caribbean.

"There are many countries today that can benefit from Singapore’s ICT experience and expertise," Seah said in a media statement. "Singapore is in a unique position to assist these countries in areas such as national infocomm planning, Government Chief Information Office (GCIO) capability development, ICT industry development and human capital development, amongst others. Through IDA International, we are able to bring our public service infocomm solutions to accelerate the execution of government infocomm programs in these countries."

The new organization is expected to work not only with local IT companies, but may also partner sister agencies such as International Enterprise Singapore and Singapore Cooperation Enterprise to export Singapore's ICT capabilities.

To date, the new agency has signed agreements with several local companies, which it will involve in its foreign engagements. They are: NCS, ST Electronics (Info-Software Systems), Infowave, Eucharist, SQLView, Ecquaria Technologies, Netrust and Elixir.

Tan Yen Yen, chairman of Singapore Infocomm Technology Federation (SiTF), said the formation of IDA International helps "internationalize" the local ICT industry, opening up new opportunities for companies.

"Through IDA International's engagement with overseas markets, Singapore infocomm companies can now leverage on the opportunities that previously may not have been available," she noted in the statement. "The eGovernment Chapter of SiTF will collaborate closely with IDA International to play an important role in accelerating Singapore ICT industry and gain greater recognition for Singapore innovative solutions and services in the global market."