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Singapore awarded for public service efforts

Zafar Anjum | July 5, 2012
Triple win for Singapore from United Nations for initiatives in improving the public sector

Three of Singapore's government sector organisations received recognition from the United Nations (UN) in New York on 25 June 2012 for their initiatives in improving the public sector.

While the Subordinate Courts of Singapore and the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) received the prestigious United Nations Public Service Award, the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts (MICA), and Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) received a special award in the UN e-Government Survey.

The UN conferred the 2012 United Nations Public Service Award (second place) to the Subordinate Courts in the category of "Improving the Delivery of Public Services" for their establishment of a HELP Centre to empower self-represented litigants. 

The HELP Centre was launched on 26 February 2010 by the Subordinate Courts to make justice accessible to all court users, particularly those who do not have or do not want lawyers.

The BCA won second place in the category of "Preventing and Combating Corruption in the Public Service" for the Contractors Registration System.  This is the first time a public agency from Singapore has won in this category of the UN Award, said the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) in a statement. 

The BCA Contractors Registration System was set up in 1985 as a centralised, one-stop registration system for contractors who wish to tender for public sector construction projects in Singapore. 

UN e-Government Survey 2012 Special Award

Singapore also won a special award in the UN e-Government Survey. The country clinched the No. 2 spot in the global e-participation ranking.

According to IDA, the ranking recognises Singapore's efforts in creating enhanced opportunities for greater participation and social inclusiveness. Since the start of the UN e-Government Survey in 2003, the biennial comparative survey reports have been embraced as an important international benchmark to gauge the 193 member states' efforts in e-government to improve the quality of basic economic and social services to its people; and in e-participation to involve its people in public policy making.


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