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A05/32 25 July 2005

Abetz to deliver keynote address at Japanese e-government conference

The Special Minister of State, Senator Eric Abetz, will deliver the keynote address at this Thursday’s Fifth Strategic Conference on e-Government in Tokyo, Japan.

Senator Abetz will use the occasion to highlight Australia’s world leading position in using information and communications technology to improve government operations.

“It is an indication of the respect with which the Australian Government is held in the area of e-government that the Nikkei organization, who convene this event, invited me to deliver the keynote address”, the Minister said.

“The occasion represents an important opportunity to further foster relations between Australia and Japan, both in the area of e-government, and more broadly.”

Following delivering the keynote address, the Minister will meet with the Japanese Senior Vice Minister for Internal Affairs and Communication, Mr Koichi Yamamoto, to discuss e-government matters.

He will also hold meetings with a number of Japanese organizations to examine the way they have applied ICT to better deliver their services.

Areas to be examined will include smartcards and biometrics.

“I look forward to learning about how the Japanese have approached the challenge of using information and communications technology to improve Government operations”, the Minister said.

“In the coming months I will unveil the Government’s bold new e-government agenda, and I hope to be able to use some of the information gathered from meetings in Japan to inform this strategy.”

Journalists please note : the Fifth Japanese Strategic Conference on e-Government is convened by Nihon Keizai Shimbin Inc (better known as “Nikkei” of the Nikkei index), and a newspaper publisher with a circulation of 3 million daily copies. The Minister will deliver his address this Thursday morning, 28 th July.

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