Zelenskiy launches his e-government concept "country in a smartphone"

Zelenskiy launches his e-government concept
"How cool it would be when you go to work, you not only receive news, but really control legislative acts of government," Zelenskiy told a IT conference.
By bne IntelliNews May 24, 2019

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy launched his e-government concept on May 23 saying he will implement the "country in a smartphone" to make up for Ukraine's lag in e-government development.

"There is a UN report on the development of e-government for 2018, and we can clearly see what we shall strive for. No matter how regrettable it may sound today, but we are behind Kazakhstan, Belarus, Uzbekistan, Georgia, Moldova, the Baltic countries and the aggressor," he said, speaking at the iForum 2019 in Kyiv, as cited by Interfax Ukraine.

Despite its prowess in IT, Ukraine lags a long way behind its peers in Eastern Europe in putting government services online. Zelenskiy noted said the programme will come in four stages: the first is information about the state, the second is communication with the state, the third is transactions with the state, and the fourth is involvement in governing the country.

"How cool it would be when you go to work, you not only receive news, but really control what legislative acts are submitted, change them, supplement them, control what people are elected and how you can cancel their authority," he said.

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