E-Azerbaijan state program envisages independent body in ICT
Azerbaijan, Baku, August 12 / Trend H. Valiyev /
The main objectives of the "State program on development of communication and information technologies in Azerbaijan for 2010-2012 (Electronic Azerbaijan)", approved by President Aliyev is to fulfill the tasks of a national strategy in this area, ensure the transition to an information society, build a competitive economy, based on knowledge, using information and communication technologies, the official press reported.
One of the points of the plan is to restore the communication infrastructure in the areas liberated from the occupation (within one year after the release).
The program also involves the use of ICT solutions at all levels of state management, the formation of public information systems, electronic services on a "single window" and others.
The state program will be implemented in four main areas, including development of telecommunications, postal infrastructure and services, introduction of information and communication technologies and development of electronic services in state and local bodies, creation of conditions for the transition to an information society, as well as enhancement of export potential and competitive ICT.
The program will be financed from the state budget, domestic and foreign investments, through loans, grants and technical and financial assistance of the international and foreign organizations, as well as through other sources that are not contrary to the law.
After the state program is implemented, conditions for the development of information society will be created. The Internet segment will be developed. The circle of computer users will be expanded. The "digital inequality" will be liquidated. Solutions of "electronic government" will be introduced. Digital signatures and others will be applied.
A plan of actions within the "Electronic Azerbaijan" program includes measures to develop the network infrastructure of operators, full electronization of the network, establish an independent regulatory body of the telecommunications industry, provide services based on satellite communication and develop e-commerce.
TV and radio broadcasting zone (including digital) will be expanded. A single portal on culture and tourism will be created. A single document system will be created and used by public authorities.
According to the Azerbaijani President's decree, the Communications and IT Ministry will coordinate the execution of the state program.