Botan Osman, director of the IT Department, said that the Kurdistan government is still in the very beginning of a long journey to reach an e-government.
“E-government is a vision. It’s not easy,” said Osman.
He added that the main challenges that the local government is facing include the lack of equipped cadres, technological illiteracy, and the lack of willingness to accept some changes that e-government would bring with itself.
“We don’t have a budget yet,” said Osman, in a press conference held in the Council of Ministers in Erbil.
“It should not be like that. Regardless of its technological advancement, a country like the UK spent 3 percent of its budget last year in ICT [information of communication technologies].”
The delegation also included representatives of Microsoft from Africa and Pakistan.
“Our aim is to explore opportunities for Microsoft here,” said Rajai Khadem, Microsoft Business Development Manager in Iraq.
Serhan, of Microsoft, expected that Kurdistan would face similar challenges that Microsoft witnessed in other developing countries like Lebanon.
“But we are experienced. I am sure we can overcome, let me use a stronger word, destroy them,” added Serhan.