Data Driven Futures

UK and Singapore sign GovTech MoU

Written by Peter Walker

After three years of facilitation and support, SIN Singapore has brokered a partnership between the UK’s Government Digital Service (GDS) and Singapore’s GovTech Agency (GovTech).

The signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is aimed at strengthening their collaboration in the design and delivery of digital government services.

Under the terms of the MoU, GDS and GovTech will share knowledge and best practices in building the digital skills of government officials, and adopting open standards for government information, data and software.

Spearheaded by prime minister Lee Hsien Loong, Singapore’s Smart Nation programme incorporates digital government services, and is one of six national initiatives to support better living using technology.

With both countries recognising the importance of providing digital government services and keen to explore collaborations in this space, SIN Singapore facilitated and supported a number of initiatives to drive this interest.

These included high-level introductions, securing UK participation in the annual Digital Government Exchange hosted by GovTech, and working to oragnise a lecture by the director general of GDS for the Singapore Smart Nation Speaker Series.

Not only is this the first international agreement that GovTech has signed, but the MoU is well placed to deepen collaboration on their respective digital academies, digital identity projects, and the development of new and better digital government services for citizens.