Country reports are one of the most important products ICA provides for its member countries. They offer immense value, provoking great discussions at ICA conferences and offering information and learning opportunities for our members. All of the respondents to our ICA member survey said the country reports were useful to them; 80% found the country report process to be effective as well.
They are unique and differentiate ICA from other international organizations. The collection of statistics, trends, insights and analysis in these reports, and the summary report we publish each year, are not available in one place anywhere else. They afford ICA members an invaluable perspective on the status of ICT in government and insights into common areas of national concern.
ICA recognises that your Country Report can duplicate work done elsewhere in completing similar Annual Reports for home consumption. Where this takes place and where agreement is obtained from local authorities for such information to be made available to ICA we would be happy to accept these reports as part or all of your own Country Report.
For 2016, ICA would like for you to emphasize the information which applies for your country for the following items that have been identified as of particular interest and concern.:
- How does your government define Open Government and what are the strategies to implement it?
- To what extent do suppliers, customers and your legal framework constrain/ influence your Strategic Planning?
- What consideration and allowances does your Strategy Plan make for delivery of services within the evolving technologies (leveraging of Cloud; 4G/LTE/5G; IOT and social media, instant messaging and the like)?
- As information becomes global have you programmes or plans on automatic open data sharing at cross-agency, national or multi-national level.
To help new members and delegates, the Country Report could cover:
- Brief description of the Government Structure within your country including references to further information. Identify the major organizations that have responsibilities for managing and overseeing the use of information technology within government and any significant changes that have occurred in the past year.
- The Strategic Approach towards a digital e-Government
- Has your strategic plan been revised - outline the highlights
- How are you using targets/goals for service delivery
- Is the role of the CIO changing.
- Organisational Issues
- Integrated service delivery and cross-government collaboration
- Measurement of progress in e-government
- Global initiatives in training, funding and procurement.
- Operational Issues
- Governance structures to improve service transformation
- Primary methods of providing information and services to citizens
- Use of innovative technologies n service provision to citizens.
- Any other issues not covered above that you would wish to highlight
- Other new; innovative or emerging issues (and any problems)
- Any item you may wish to be included or emphasised on your behalf in the Country Report Summary.
As mentioned above, this year’s conference is our golden anniversary conference, ICA’s 50th. With this in mind, we plan to look far into the future then to look back 50 years. We will conclude by looking at the present and next few years. We want your country to participate in a world tour. Along with your country reports, we would like you to send the one image or presentation slide that best represents your national strategy for digital government. There will be a very brief opportunity on the first morning of the conference for each country to present their strategy using the image you send. The idea is to spend about two minutes on each country's strategy and to have every country participate. It would be great if you could think about your two minute narrative in advance. This will help to highlight key elements of your plan for other participants.
Submission Deadline July 15th, 2016