20/10/2003

Minister outlines public services plans

Enterprise Minister, Ian Pearson today outlined the government’s vision on the way forward for joining-up public services in Northern Ireland.

The Minister was addressing delegates attending the Society of Information Technology Management (SOCITM) Conference, the first event of its kind to be held in Belfast.

Speaking at the Innovation Centre in Belfast’s Science Park, Mr Pearson said: “Reform and modernisation are central to our agenda. We want to see the continuous improvement in the quality of public services that everyone expects.”

Referring to the recently published OnlineNI Strategy document that identified a possible way ahead for a modernised Government in Northern Ireland, Mr Pearson acknowledged that such recognition to change was, in fact, already in place.

He said: “What we now have is a vision of how e-Government might look in the future whilst at the same time setting out a clear, long-term goal, for the entire public service.”

Mr Pearson also recognized the role that SOCITM and similar organisations would have to play in the transformation of government services and encouraged all participants to “ensure that we use that knowledge, skill, expertise and enthusiasm to best enable the change that we all seek.”

The Overcoming the Barriers to Joined-Up Government Conference was organised by the SOCITM with the aim of developing ways of improving joined-up services to citizens.

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