Korea’s e-government system exports exceeded $500 million. In the late 2010s, it fell to the level of 200 million dollars, but then returned to the upward trend.
Even in difficult times due to COVID-19, companies with new technologies such as big data and cloud have led exports by receiving love calls from countries around the world. As many e-Government export projects are scheduled to be carried out this year as well, attention is focusing on whether e-Government exports will gain momentum.
According to the Ministry of Public Administration and Security on the 25th, e-government exports in 2021 recorded $507.62 million. It is the first time in six years since 2015 that e-Government exports exceed $500 million. Last year’s e-Government exports are collected after the company’s annual performance announcement, so it has not yet been tallied, but the industry expects it to remain at a similar level.
Since mid-2010, e-Government exports have been on a downward trend. It fell to $269 million in 2016 and $230 million in 2017. After exceeding $300 million in 2019, it recorded $449 million in 2020 and recorded growth for three consecutive years to $500 million in 2021.
The system has been exported to various countries such as Africa, Asia, North America and Central and South America. Large-scale projects in Africa, such as the construction of an electronic interlocking system for railways in Egypt ($ 125.15 million) and the construction of an independent mini-grid in Abuja, Nigeria ($ 13.22 million), led export performance in 2021. In Asia, it recorded 99 exports, including the Indonesian National Police Agency’s wireless communication network construction project (40 million dollars).
As each country promotes e-government projects that incorporate new technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and cloud, Korea, which has technological prowess and experience, is attracting attention again. Korean technology has been introduced to many overseas e-government projects based on new technologies, such as Indonesia’s national tax administration system and Peru’s smart city pilot project.
Export growth is expected this year as well.
Indonesia is ordering a cloud-based government data center construction project this year. Domestic cloud companies are preparing to participate in this project, which is expected to be worth 80 billion won. Malaysia will also order a mobile identification system construction project soon. In addition to Tunisia’s ‘Administrative Information Sharing System’ project, developing countries such as Laos and Costa Rica are expected to place orders for new projects.
An official from the Ministry of Public Administration and Security said, “We expect e-Government exports to be similar to or higher this year than in previous years.” .
Some say that it is difficult to see it as a true export as many of the e-Government export projects are carried out as Official Development Assistance (ODA) projects in which Korea’s budget is invested. Of the export amount in 2021, the proportion of domestic funds accounted for 96%.
In this regard, an official from the Ministry of Public Administration and Security said, “It is a project in which Korean funds have been invested, but additional projects such as maintenance continue after the system is established, so the continuity of exports by Korean companies is guaranteed.” It is also positive in terms of securing a .”
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