The increase in use of information technology and the rapid improvements in that field have led most of the governmental and non-governmental institutions to depend on various technological applications in many aspects in their work: to improve their performance and quality of work, and to facilitate many of the procedures and transactions, whether internally (between the different governmental institutions) or when dealing with the citizens, or when dealing with the regional and international institutions. This is in addition to the openness and transparency that these applications provide due to the unified standards for their databases and the transactions related to them.
The e-Government in Palestine is of particular importance, as it responds to the uniqueness of the Palestinian case. For instance, offering the governmental services electronically is considered a vital need and not a luxury, since it enables offering these services for more than 75% of Palestinians who live outside Palestine as refugees or immigrants. In addition it provides innovative ways to communicate and offer services for Palestinians inside the occupied territories, especially with the presence of barriers and the geographical separation between cities in the West Bank and Gaza strip. For this, The Palestinian e-Government is considered an important alternative to face the Israeli occupation practices and obstructions. Therefore, the sincere investment in this field is considered to be one that guarantees offering various services, and a window for communication between Palestinians regardless of their locations and despite the Israeli trials of separation and partitioning.
Within this context, this conference aims to open a serious and professional dialogue and discussion for the issues related to the e-Governance in general , and the e-Government services in particular, through gathering interested professionals, developers and decision makers from Palestine and outside, which it will:
· Focus the spotlight on The Palestinian e-Governance and raise the public awareness about the importance of this issue.
· Present the most current and future initiatives and projects in the public sector institutions.
· Present the most important achievements and successful stories in the public and private sectors.
· Provide a forum for knowledge exchange, and raise the spirit of competitiveness among the institutions to offer their services electronically.
· Discuss the most appealing internal and external obstacles and discuss ways to overcome them.
· Highlight the practical and possible steps for the long and short terms.
· Specify the role of the private and the academic sector in helping the governmental institutions.
IT and law professionals and decision makers from the
public and private sectors and academia.
(Approximately 150-200 participants).