ASAN success cited as case study in UK House of Lords report
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct.20
By Sabina Ahmadova - Trend:
A case study submitted by the European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS) on the innovative Azerbaijani Service and Assessment Network (ASAN) has been selected for publication in an official report from the UK House of Lords Select Committee on Digital Skills, TEAS told Trend on Oct.20.
The submission was made by Lionel Zetter, Director, TEAS.
He said the UK government can also learn from the ASAN model.
The document said such innovations as ASAN serve to increase the amount of data sharing between service providers, thereby enhancing efficiency and driving down costs.
All ASAN service payments are made online and the quality and speed of services is faster than in the UK. Through digital innovation, services have become much more responsive and cost-effective, and opportunities for corrupt transactions are eliminated. It draws parallels in the UK with the Universal Credit transaction concept, which is currently in its pilot stage.
The ASAN concept, aimed at reducing corruption and increasing efficiency, was launched in January 2013. The sixth ASAN Centre was opened in May 2014 and the network will cover the whole of Azerbaijan by late 2015.
Each center renders services to around 2,000 people per day, and more than two million people, to date, have used ASAN. The centers are completely transparent, corruption-free zones with minimal bureaucracy. They render 29 private and 150 public services. Accountability is a cornerstone of ASAN.