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e-Government in Iran Improving Gradually

e-Government in Iran Improving Gradually
e-Government in Iran Improving Gradually

A broader range of activities online has been made easier with 100 government services added to the National Information Network, says a deputy at the Information Technology Organization, Reza Bagheri Asl.

The National Information Network was launched in August 2016 as an alternative independent network with content compatible with Islamic values. It facilitates access to indigenously produced content, cuts costs and improves the quality of services offered to Iranian Internet users.

Bagheri Asl said that a total of 1700 government services need to be digitized, Mehr News Agency reported. Currently only 4% of transactions related to government services are conducted online, he said, adding that that the number is planned to reach 20% by the end of the current fiscal year in March.  

In terms of e-governing, Iran currently ranks 106 globally. The ranking can improve by nearly 20 points if government bodies make some minor improvements, he was quoted as saying.

"These include offering responsive and unified online services and transactions. However, government organizations do not have a clear understanding of (advantages) of such procedures."

Government and state organizations which will be going online in the near future include the Organization for Civil Registration, State Organization for Registration of Deeds and Properties, the Law Enforcement Forces and the Tax Organization. 

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