JBIC Asked to Finance P4.7-B E-Gov't Center

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The state-owned National Development Co. (NDC) has asked the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) to finance the Philippines R4.76 billion e-Government Program Development and the first e-Government Center project.

The e-Government Center, to be located at Fort Bonifacio Global City, will serve as a basic structure to facilitate the implementation of projects in the Government Information Systems Plan (GISP) framework.

Trade and Industry Secretary Manuel A. Roxas II explained that under the planned GISP, online users can interact and access the Philippine governments information and services. It is actually a more dynamic way to also benefit from the governments services.

At a time when the economy is reeling from uncertainties in the global market, Roxas said, the government needs every effort to increase efficiency and enhance its competitive lead.

Under the plan, NDC and the Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) will form a joint venture to oversee the construction and implementation of the said e-Government Center. It will be supported by the Information Technology and ECommerce Council (ITECC) and the National Computer Center (NCC). …