Taiwan makes Belize E-government ready

Friday, 21 October 2005

The Government of Belize is moving to use Information Technology to upgrade its speed and efficiency to E-government, with the gift of 30 computers from the Republic of China on Taiwan.

Ambassador Charles Tsai of the Republic of China presented the 30 computers and network devices to the Government of Belize for the establishment of the Information Technology Training Centre during the opening ceremony at George Price Centre for Peace and Development in Belmopan on Thursday, October 20.

Prime Minister Said Musa and Foreign Minister, Godfrey Smith were on hand to receive the computers.

The computers form part of a project being implemented by the National Yunlin University of Science and Technology with sponsorship from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and Taiwan’s International Co-operation and Development Fund.

The government of Belize is following an international trend to computerise the public service system to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of administrative work and save on some cost of human resources.

Belizean officials were shown how an IT management system can upgrade the public service during the conference, which was organised in collaboration with the Office of Governance of Belize.

The IT Project began this month and is scheduled to be completed by November 2007. During this period, an IT Training Centre will be established. Five conferences will also be held to discuss information development in Taiwan and eight computer training courses will be held. The main goals are to set up E-government in Belize and to assist Belize to advance in the technology within the public service so as to lessen the international divide in Belize.

Facilitators for this first training session were Koo Tung Mng, Ph.D., Director of the Computer Centre at National Yunlin University of Science and Technology and Chen Si Yang, Director of the Information Technology Department at the Legislative Yuan of R.O.C.