Lining up to go online
Forty-four companies have expressed interest in providing online public services.
A spokeswoman for the Information Technology and Broadcasting Bureau said 44 submissions had been received. The bureau intends to call for tender at the end of this year and award contracts six months later. The first phase is expected to be implemented in 2000.
Under the scheme the public will be able to transact business with the Government online 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The public will be able to access services through touch-screen kiosks, home computers, interactive television and telephone interactive voice response.