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<The 4 th e-Government Day commemoration ceremony was held on the 23rd at the Central Government Complex in Jongno-gu, Seoul. From the left, Yun-kyu Park, Head of Information and Communication Policy Office at the Ministry of Science and ICT, Dae-beom Ji, Director of the Korea Local Information Research & Development Institute, Yong-shik Moon, Director of the Korea National Information society Agency, Cheolho Oh, Chairman of the e-Government Promotion Committee, Hae-cheol Jeon, Minister of the Interior and Safety, Soo-kyung Park, Science and Technology Assistant to the Office of the President, and Nan-sil Yoon, Office of the President Reform secretary, Yong-cheol Lee, 1st deputy governor of Gyeonggi-do. By Staff Reporter Dong-geun Lee>

The government has set 'intelligent service innovation', 'reinforcement of data administration' and 'expansion of digital infrastructure' as three major tasks for e-government and is accelerating digital transformation in the public sector. By 2025, the digital conversion rate of public services will be raised to 80% and the administrative and public sector systems will be converted 100% to cloud.

The Ministry of the Interior and Safety and Security held a ceremony to celebrate the '4 th e-Government Day' at the government complex in Seoul on the 23rd and announced the '2 nd e-Government Basic Plan'.

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<The changing future of digital government in 2025 (Provided by the Ministry of the Interior and Safety)>

The 'E-Government Basic Plan' is a mid- to long-term plan established every five years from 2016 in accordance with the E-Government Act. Under the vision of 'a better world through digitalization’, the second plan will be promoted from this year to 2025 with three major tasks: △intelligent service innovation, △reinforcement of data administration and △expansion of digital infrastructure.

The Ministry of the Interior and Safety has set a goal of increasing the digital conversion rate of major public services to 80%, which is currently below 50%, and achieving 100% of the conversion rate of administrative/public cloud (17% as of the end of 2020) by year 2025. It is expected that digital-based public service design will be accelerated through this plan and services will be provided in the way the citizens want.

In the intelligent service innovation sector, the use of My Data and electronic certificates will be expanded so that citizens can freely use public services wherever they want. It supports online and offline identification with the 'mobile driver's license,' which will be introduced at the end of this year.

To reinforce data administration, the opening of consumer-oriented public data will be expanded and a foundation where anyone can utilize data will be created.  A cloud-based smart work environment will be implemented and field data-based scientific administration will be expanded too.

In terms of expanding the digital infrastructure, the digitally underprivileged will be supported and public-private cooperation for improvement of services will be reinforced. The 'K-type (Korean-style) digital service' will be distributed around the world by strengthening international cooperation and institutional innovation befitting a digital leading country.
Minister of the Interior and Safety Hae-cheol Jeon said, “In the process of overcoming the COVID-19 crisis, Korea’s e-government has been recognized by the international community with its rapid distribution of emergency disaster funds and the same-day reservation service for remaining vaccines. The government will continue to promote digital government innovation so that the citizens may notice our progress.”

The government designated June 24 as e-Government Day to inform the public of the excellence and convenience of e-Government and to promote the development of e-Government.

At the ceremony, Soongsil University professor Gwang-yong Kim, Korea Railroad Corporation Center Director Jo-geun Ok, Hoon-jang Jeong, and Seong-geun Jeon received the Industrial Service Medal, and National Assembly Secretariat Gil-nam Choi received the Service Merit Medal, respectively. An awards ceremony was also held for 10 works that won the 'Digital Government Service Design Improvement Contest' held from April to June. The President's Award was awarded to the MASH team that reconstructed the 'Government 24 App'.

By Staff Reporter Ji-sun Kim