Mo­bile govern­ment strat­egy to of­fi­cially launch in March 2018

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

A mo­bile govern­ment strat­egy aimed at pro­vid­ing the coun­try with 24/7 access to pub­lic ser­vices through the use of mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tions will be fully op­er­a­tional in March 2017, Prin­ci­pal Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary Michael Cu­ta­jar and MITA Ex­ec­u­tive Chair­man Tony Sul­tana an­nounced at a press con­fer­ence yes­ter­day.

The soft launch, which be­gins to­day, will use fo­cus groups to test the ap­pli­ca­tion in order to cre­ate plat­forms which are based on cit­i­zen in­volve­ment.

The strat­egy, which ends in 2018, looks to im­ple­ment ba­sic mo­bile com­mu­ni­ca­tions ser­vices by March 2017, whilst ser­vices which re­quire greater se­cu­rity and are trans­ac­tion-based will be im­ple­mented in March 2018.

The strat­egy will also be look­ing to es­tab­lish greater col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the var­i­ous govern­ment de­part­ments.

The en­tire pro­gram is based around the ‘once only’ prin­ci­ple, which seeks to re­move the ad­min­is­tra­tive and bu­reau­cratic bur­den placed on govern­ment clerks and cit­i­zens alike by al­low­ing peo­ple to sub­mit their in­for­ma­tion to the govern­ment once in­stead of mul­ti­ple times.

The strat­egy will also fall un­der the Dig­i­tal Malta Strat­egy 20142020 and the EU e-govern­ment ac­tion plan 2016-2020.

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