Moldovan leader highlights use of technology in transparency, good governance

26 September 2013

With discussions underway at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on a new sustainable development agenda, Molodova’s Prime Minister today touted the importance of technological advances to enable direct public access to Government services.

“Our aim is to make all such Government services available electronically to all citizens by 2020 at anytime, from anywhere, using modern communication technologies and devices such as computers, mobile phones and interactive payment offices,” Prime Minister Iurie Leanca told the assembled world leaders at the General Assembly high-level debate which started this week.

This connection is part of the country’s effort to build rule of law, good governance, transparency and accountability to become a “stronger nation and a better partners internationally,” Mr. Leanca said.

He added that Moldova already implements an electronic catalogue for public services, a mobile digital signature, and a Government Electronic Payment Gateway, among recent advances.

The use of technology is part of this week’s discussion at the debate which focuses on the anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the designing of parameters for a sustainable development agenda post their deadline in 2015.

In addition to the events related around the MDGs and a post-2015 agenda, the scores of heads of State and Government and other high-level officials attending the annual debate also speak about issues of individual national and international relevance to the General Assembly.

Turning to the politically unrecognized Transnistrian region, Mr. Leanca called the conflict a “constant challenge which undermines our development efforts,” and urged its political settlement and integration.

“There should be a single constitutional, economic and defence space within internationally recognized borders of Moldova,” said Mr. Leanca.

The Prime Minister called for a continuation of the confidence building measure activities which since 2007 have been held, with support from the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the European Union.

The General Debate runs through 1 October.

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