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Information system up for international award

By Shelley Shan  /  STAFF REPORTER

The seaport information system constructed by the Department of Aviation and Navigation under the Ministry of Transportation and Communications will represent Taiwan at the eAsia Awards scheduled to be held in Bangkok next year.

The eAsia Awards will be presented by the Asia Pacific Council for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (AFACT), which recognizes projects which promote trade and enhance business efficiency.

The system won the eAsia Award from the Ministry of Economic Affairs' Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection in the "Trade Facilitation" category, which helped it qualify for the international competition.

The system has been online since January.

Some of the system's major features include allowing users to access 12 application systems -- for port services such as cargo transfers -- involving five different government agencies through a single platform.

The five government agencies include the economic affairs ministry, the Keelung Harbor Bureau, the Taichung Harbor Bureau, the Kaohsiung Harbor Bureau and the Hualien Harbor Bureau.

It streamlines the application procedure from 79 steps to 34 steps. It further cuts the number of forms an applicant needs to fill in from 71 to 48. Users can also go online to check the status of their application.

Electronic invoices can be issued through the system to the applicants.

The system was jointly developed by the department, the Institute of Information Industry and Chunghwa Telecom.

The system will also be exhibited at the 2006 ITCN Asia in Pakistan, which begins next Wednesday.

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