22 Oct 2010 – Public service officers from 15 countries converged into Nova’s office to learn about our e-Government solutions and our award-winning implementations. This visit is part of the “APEC Ease of Doing Business Workshop on – Reforming the Regulatory System for Construction” learning journey conducted by Building and Construction Authority (BCA) and BCA Academy.
The workshop was jointly organized and sponsored by Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), Singapore’s Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) and Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA).
During the sharing-session, the 35 participants from Hongkong, Chinese Taipei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines, Brunei, Russia, Chile, Mexico, Canada, Peru, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea were given a demonstration of CORENET, an e-Government collaborative framework, a web-based application that improves G2G and G2B communications. The framework covers the application processes, submissions through the internet, evaluation through automated work processes and decision making through decision support systems.
In 2009, CORENET was mentioned in a World Bank report as an initiative that aided the ease of doing business, helping Singapore to retain its Number 1 ranking in Ease of Doing Business.
The visitors were hugely impressed by the widespread participation of architects and engineers in the electronic submission of building and structural plans by in Singapore and City planning and management systems; plus the huge cost-savings it has brought to the industry.
For more information about CORENET, please visit here.
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, or APEC, was established in 1989 to further enhance economic growth and prosperity for the region and to strengthen the Asia-Pacific community. The organization is the premier forum for facilitating economic growth, cooperation, trade and investment in the Asia-Pacific region.
APEC is the only inter governmental grouping in the world operating on the basis of non-binding commitments, open dialogue and equal respect for the views of all participants. Unlike the WTO or other multilateral trade bodies, APEC has no treaty obligations required of its participants. Decisions made within APEC are reached by consensus and commitments are undertaken on a voluntary basis.
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