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Taiwan rises in rankings

Staff writer, with CNA

Taiwan moved up two notches to eighth place in this year’s world e-government rankings, according to a survey on how extensively and efficiently governments operate electronically.

The rankings were the result of a survey conducted by Japan’s Waseda University.

The Cabinet’s Research, Development and Evaluation Commission said that, with a score of 83.52, Taiwan shared eighth place with Denmark.

The commission said Waseda University has since 2004 cooperated with the APEC forum to conduct the e-government survey in 55 nations.

It published this year’s ranking on Tuesday.

The top three ranked countries this year were Singapore with a score of 94, followed by Finland (93.18) and the US (93.12).

Seven main indicators were used to rank countries’ e-government proficiency levels: network preparedness, required interface-functioning applications, management optimization, national portal, e-government promotion and e-participation.

Taiwan ranked second in the survey on required interface-functioning applications.

The commission said that the survey was published in English, which should “help other countries learn about the latest developments in information and communications in Taiwan.”

The commission conducted its own survey on how satisfied Taiwanese were was with government agencies’ ability to operate electronically last year.

The satisfaction rate was 83.7 percent.

It cited the national portal as an example, saying that local and central governments have made more than 12,000 application forms and more than 3,000 online services available for the public to download.

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