IN-COUNTRY SEMINAR FOR ISRAEL
Virtual Government: EBESM and Israeli SMEs Discuss the Potential of E-Government Solutions
“Efficient e-Government for Competitive Enterprises” was the theme of a high level seminar, organised by EBESM on September 17th and 18th, in collaboration with the Israeli Small and Medium Business Agency (SMBA). Over 45 participants, including high officials, public institutions representatives, business associations and digital media experts worked together to discuss the best ways of using ICT tools to reduce administrative burdens and improve service delivery to businesses.
With common sights on improving Israel’s position on principle 4 of the SBA “Make public administration responsive to SME needs", the group focused on two themes:
- Designing a strategy for e-Government
- Drafting of a national action plan
Drawing on practical expertise and practise from a number of EU countries, complex questions were discussed, such as whether reducing administrative burden is sufficient in itself for e-Government to transform public administrations.
The two-day workshop emphasized the tremendous potential for Israel to build on existing e-government solutions and to increase the interconnectedness that can give its SMEs a competitive edge. High-value results generated by collective work and exchange of reflection, during this event, led the participants to request EBESM to quickly prepare a follow-up workshop.
Based on this seminar's findings, a short summary posted on the website of the SMBA presents the main obstacles for the implementation of e-government for businesses in Israel and highlights the main principals that the SMBA believes are the most relevant for the implementation of e-government in Israel as part of the SMBA policy.