Digital government: China's Liuzhou on the smart city fast track

Mon, 2013-05-20 16:19 -- Jesse Berst

By most accounts, China has more smart city projects than any other region. Even so, many Westerners assume that the U.S. and Europe will be the leaders in digital government and e-services. Here's a story from China Daily that suggests otherwise. – Jesse Berst, Smart Cities Council Chairman

Liuzhou in South China’s Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region is on the fast track to build itself into a smart city. Chen Yunbao, an official from the city’s e-government department, cites next-generation technology such as cloud computing as the driving force, according to the China Daily.

Because both government and private enterprise are adopting technology so rapidly, they are creating a platform for e-government. Those digital government services include (or will include) applications such as "WeChat" to involve citizens in "tackling low-level crime."

Liuzhou expects to have 100% of its public information online by 2015 and to deliver 90% of its permits and licenses digitally. All nearby townships and counties are building e-government platforms and applications, which are expected to reach 80% of the region's population. And 90% of the region's key businesses will be automated or semi-automated by the 2015 target date.