South Korea’s Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries (MOF) plans to construct an integrated system of information on shipping, port, and logistics.
This aims to solve inconvenience caused by the existing seven individual information systems, which are being operated separately. The seven systems have been operated by Busan Regional Public Procurement Service, Incheon Regional Public Procurement Service, Yeosu Regional Public Procurement Service, Busan Port Authority, Incheon Port Authority, Ulsan Port Authority, and Yeosu-Gwangyang Port Authority.
Through a press statement, the MOF said, “A total of KRW17.5 billion [USD15.69 million] will be injected into the project, which will go on until 2017.” The move aims to vitalise the ‘Government 3.0’ vision, which allows wider public access to government data.
According to the Korean culture and information service, this initiative refers to President Park Geun-hye’s government reform drive to boost transparency, information sharing, communication, and co-operation in overall state affairs management.
In 2015, the first phrase of the project will be undertaken, requireing KRW4.7 billion of investment to construct infrastructures that will unify the seven individual operating systems. Rebuilding database, developing an integrated operating system, and performing tests based on integrated system will be done in this period.
The MOF said, “When the whole project is completed in 2017, approximately KRW7.8 billion of cost reduction in port logistics is expected per year due to simplified civil affairs, improved job performance of governmental organisations, [and] lowered operational expenses. Also, the types of government data which is accessible to the public will increase from 16 to 56.”