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GovTech Singapore Agency - short summary

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 In 2017 budget, Singapore government invests $1.7B into smart nation, digital transformation. The funds would go towards ICT tenders in its fiscal 2017, which would encompass investments in various technology areas including data analytics and Internet of Things (IoT) sensors, as well as enhancements to the necessary communications infrastructures.

An agency with 1,800 data scientists, technologists and engineers was launched on Oct 7 2016 to pave the way for the Singapore Government to better serve its citizens.

GovTech transforms the delivery of Government digital services by taking an "outside-in" view, where users are at the heart of everything services do: harnessing info-communications technology and related engineering for public sector transformation.

GovTech’s role include

  • deploying a wide range of ICT solutions within the public sector
  • growing new capabilities and talent to support digital service delivery
  • developing the Smart Nation infrastructure and applications.

GovTech and the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) are formed as a result of a re-structuring between the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) and the Media Development Authority MDA).

From 1 May 2017 onwards, GovTech reports to a new Smart Nation and Digital Government Group (SNDGG), under the Prime Minister’s Office.

From 2018, the effectiveness of government digital services will also be rated, bringing measurable data to further fine-tune them over time

1st wave- completed: deliver new digital services and enhance the quality of life for citizens and improve businesses.
2nd wave - high quality digital services. Citizens expect the same smooth and intuitive experience they get from the fast-moving private sector.

Technologies behind digital services:   

  • location sensing
  • cloud computing
  • mobile connectivity
  • Big Data
  • artificial intelligence

The goal: high-impact services that improve citizens’ quality of life in a Smart Nation.

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