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Korea's e-government given best rating by United Nations

Korea secured top spot in a recent e-government evaluation conducted by the United Nations, said the Ministry of Public Administration and Security on Thursday (Jan. 14).

The result was based upon a survey of the 192 UN member states and Korea also placed first in the category of people’s online participation.

                                           (Souce: United Nations Public Administration Network)

The 2010 UN e-Government Survey, completed in December 2009, has presented various roles for e-government in addressing the ongoing world financial and economic crisis.

Korea has gathered momentum to lead the world’s e-government development by significantly raising its standings in the "E-Government Development Index" and the "E-Participation Index" to the top, said the ministry. The country was placed 6th and 2nd in each category, respectively, in the previous survey conducted in 2008.

The ministry said it would boost promotion of the country’s advanced e-government status, enlarge investment into digitalization and further induce online involvement of citizens.

The ministry also plans to enhance Korea’s contribution to the international community in the areas of online administration by sharing the country’s knowhow on the development of e-government and by exporting the country’s e-government model to developing countries.

By James Ro Staff Writer

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