E-government is key to curb corruption, says Aoun

Lebanon lags behind numerous countries around the world in terms of e-government services that allow citizens to avoid red tape.
by Annahar Staff

12 March 2018 | 17:20

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This photo shows Lebanese President Michel Aoun giving his opening speech at the Digital Transformation Conference 2018. (Annahar Photo)

BEIRUT: The digitization of government services is a key pillar of Lebanon's economic reform plan and measures to combat corruption in state institutions, President Michel Aoun said Monday.

“With the rapid development of technology in multiple sectors, state modernization and managerial development have become a necessity and not a luxury,” Aoun said, addressing participants at the Digital Transformation Conference 2018.

He added that Lebanon lags behind numerous countries around the world in terms of e-government services that allow citizens to avoid red tape.

“Despite some attempts at improvement and development in some ministries, Lebanon is still lagging behind and slowly progressing due to bureaucratic restraints and old traditional techniques,” Aoun said.

The president highlighted the importance of fighting administrative corruption, which undermines local and foreign investor confidence in Lebanon and citizens' trust in public institutions.

“Digital transformation is the key to fending off corruption to ensure a transparent government, which curbs the effectiveness of briberies and forgery,” he noted.

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