Widespread use of ICT in Azerbaijani government agencies is one of key means to combating corruption
Azerbaijan, Baku, June 20 / Trend, H. Valiyev /
The widespread use of information and communication technologies in government agencies and improvement of government information resources is one of the keys to combating corruption, the Azerbaijani Communications and IT Ministry's Staff and Legal Department Chief Bakhtiyar Mammadov told Trend on Saturday.
Mammadov said next week the ministry plans to discuss a plan on implementing the "National Strategy for Increasing Transparency and Combating Corruption" for 2007-2011. A discussion of corruption-related offenses and ensuring transparency is planned.
Electronization of public services, stipulated by the State Program "Electronic Azerbaijan", is one of the measures to ensuring transparency.
An action plan prepared by the ministry includes regular posting of information about combating corruption, all the normative documents to issue permits (licenses) on the portal, preparation of proposals to improve the receipt of electronic appeals, applications, complaints, and increasing the professional status of government agencies' employees.
Mammadov said that the meeting plans to broadly discuss an action plan to implement Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev's decree on measures for the provision of e-services by government agencies.
The decree mainly entrusts the Communications and IT Ministry to accelerate the interaction with other government agencies.
As the Deputy Minister of Communications and IT Iltimas Mammadov said earlier, the transition to e-government does not mean the transition of only one ministry or department. Each department must prepare a related infrastructure for the introduction of e-services to further ensure their connection to a single e-government portal. This, in turn, will create the possibility of mutual use and exchange of existing information.
Concerning a preparedness of ministries and departments of Azerbaijan to introduce e-services, Mammadov said it differs based on different departments.