WITHIN six months the Housing Development Department (HDD) will have more sophisticated network infrastructure to facilitate e-government services such as e-Sikap, an initiative by the HDD to speed up the process of housing applications.
The contract was signed yesterday between HDD and Perniagaan Dinamik Giat to update the department's network infrastructure, a project which will link HDD headquarters with its respective branches via broadband.
The project will also improve existing network infrastructure such as email and the Government Employee Management System, while streamlining others like e-Sikap.
E-Sikap was launched in late 2009 to streamline applicant databases and speed up the process of housing applications, said Hj Ariffin Hj Suhaili, head of the Project Management Section of HDD.
Previously all applications were submitted in paper form, creating a huge number of files to be stored at the HDD headquarters.
In a recent interview, Hj Ariffin said the website would allow applicants to submit their personal details online and any other supporting documentation could be sent to the HDD headquarters.
The system will generate an automated email to the applicant, sending them a document checklist to bring to the department's main office.
This cuts down on the volume of data and files stored in paper form and allows staff to track applications more easily, said Hj Ariffin.
Signing the contract on behalf of the HDD was its director, Marzuke Hj Mohsin, while Perniagaan Dinamik Giat was represented by its manager Thien Det Lin.
The updated network infrastructure is expected to be completed within six months. Over the past 10 years, over a billion dollars has been spent on e-government projects, aiming to bring Brunei into mainstream global information technology, but more importantly to act as a key driver in the country's economic development.
Present at the ceremony was Hj Mohd Zin Hj Salleh, deputy permanent secretary at the Ministry of Development.
The Brunei Times
Sunday, November 21, 2010
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