e-Government (short for electronic government, also known as e-gov, digital government, online government, connected government or transformational government) is creating a comfortable, transparent, and cheap interaction between government and citizens (G2C – government to citizens), government and business enterprises (G2B –government to business enterprises) and relationship between governments (G2G – inter-agency relationship). There are four domains of e-government namely, governance, information and communication technology(ICT), business process re-engineering(BPR)and e-citizen.

Bahrain e-Government Authority attends meeting in New York

Bahrain e Government Authority chief executive Mohammed Ali Al Qaed is taking part in the preparatory meeting of a programme aimed at speeding up the Millennium Goals.

The two-day event opened at the New York headquarters The Global Alliance for Information and Communication Technologies and Development (GAID), an affiliate of the United Nations. Experts, governments, companies universities, international organisations, UN agencies, NGOs converged to New York to attend the global platform. They will discuss ways of meeting the Millennium Development Goals through the Centre for Electronic Solutions, to achieve development. The facility features ICT and telecommunications projects, development portals in addition to an e-strategic plan. The final report will be submitted before the UN General Assembly on September 21 for the final programme to be officially launched in March 2011. -source
PBC starts 'Super e-banking' system

For anyone who's ever had to juggle half a dozen bank accounts at the same time, the People's Bank of China (PBC) has some good news. A new system is being launched Monday that will let customers access their accounts on one website.
With the earlier payment system, customers had to logon to different banks' sites to manage their accounts.
The system will be first open to companies, and extended to individual customers later.

During the promotional period, the system may be free, according to a report in the Beijing Times.
"The method of charging has not been finalized yet. The participating banks are all waiting for further instructions from the PBC. But in the long run, the fees would be greatly reduced, because 'super e-banking' will definitely increase banks' efficiency," said Guo Tianyong, the director of the Research Center of the Chinese Banking Industry, Beijing-based Central University of Finance and Economics.

Unlike the existing system, 'super e-banking' can realize real-time inter-bank transfer and balance inquiries. With the existing system, it usually takes one or two days to do the same thing.

The PBC said that the system could provide access to authorized non-financial payment service organizations in order to better satisfy public requirements for home payment. Companies like Alipay, similar to Paypal, would not be shut out.
"This new system would not affect non-financial payment organizations that much. I do not see any overlap between the services of the super e-banking and companies like Alipay," Guo

Bank of America launches eBanking

Bank of America has launched eBanking, a new banking solution for customers to bank through electronic channels and receive statements online.

The bank said eBanking customers who make deposits and withdrawals through its electronic channels and receive online statements pay no monthly maintenance fee, regardless of their account balance or number of transactions in a given month. Otherwise, the customer pays for the value of the account through an $8.95 monthly maintenance fee.

Customers who prefer to do their banking in person or receive paper statements have the option to choose from other Bank of America accounts that may fit their banking needs, the company added.

Susan Faulkner, deposit and card products executive at Bank of America, said: "eBanking is only one of a number of new and forthcoming solutions that will allow Bank of America customers to choose how they want to bank with us, as well as how they want to pay for the service and products we provide." -iStockNew

An e-commerce payment system facilitates the acceptance of electronic payment for online transactions. Also known as Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), e-commerce payment systems have become increasingly popular due to the widespread use of the internet-based shopping and banking.

There are numerous different payments systems available for online merchants. These include the traditional credit, debit and charge card but also new technologies such as digital wallets, e-cash, mobile payment and e-checks. Another form of payment system is allowing a 3rd party to complete the online transaction for you. These companies are called Payment Service Providers (PSP), a good example is Paypal or WorldPay. (Note Paypal also offers its own payment system)
‘E-citizen card’ to become main form of identification

The Government intends to implement an “e-citizens card” which will replace the ID card and drivers’ permit in the future, said acting Permanent Secretary Gillian McIntyre, Ministry of Public Utilities. “The e-citizens card is a unique identification number which will allow citizens to access all Government services on and off-line. “It is anticipated that this identification system which will eventually replace all other systems such as drivers permits, ID cards and smart cards will encourage a more efficient degree of Government services,” she said. Ag Permanent Secretary Gillian McIntyre, Ministry of Public Utilities was speaking on behalf of Emmanuel George on Thursday night at the media launch of the “I-create” 2010-2011 Caribbean Association of National Telecommunications Organisation (Canto) Regional e-content competition at National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA).

The competition will begin in January 2011. “We are set to implement a new ICT strategy that will begin in 2011 it will emphasise increasing usage and uptake which would be increasing access to and utilisation of information and telecommunication technology such as the Internet, computers and smart phones,” she added. Although T&T is one of the more advanced countries with ICT infrastructure development, the levels of local content in T&T is low when compared to other Caribbean countries, she said. “Discussions are already underway to address this critical issue. “A new ICT vision is soon to be defined by the Government and it will support the view that T&T can support real and lasting improvements in its social, economic and cultural spheres throughout the equitable distribution of ICT,” she said.

She said the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) is currently reviewing the national broadcast policy. “This assessment will address issues such as local content development and a proposal to review and establish a public broadcast e-service and market concentration and related regulations. “It is envisioned that the creation of local content which will be supported through the establishment of public broadcasting service will promote among other things preservation of national identity, counter balance the influence of foreign media and provide useful education content,” she said.