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Let’s “E-participate” in City Governance: Taipei City Government Launched Civic Participation Website

    In order for citizens to fully understand and participate in the operation of Taipei City Government, the Research, Development and Evaluation Commission (hereinafter referred to as “the RDEC”) and the Department of Information Technology, under the guidance of the Taipei City Government Citizen Participation Advisory Council, jointly built a website disclosing various information pertinent to civic participation. On the Taipei Civic Participation Website (hereinafter referred to as “the Website”), People can learn about the policy implementation progress of every city department, information regarding citizen meetings, budget overview, city departments’ visions, etc.

    The Chairperson of the RDEC, Dr. Paul Chao-Hsiang Chu indicated that Taipei City Government have formulated a variety of civic participation mechanisms in terms of civic engagement, open data, participatory budgeting, etc. since the Taipei City Government Citizen Participation Advisory Council was established. The launching of the Taipei Civic Participation Website this year marks the city government once again takes a step forward in fulfilling Mayor Ko’s “open government, civic participation.”

    The Website includes details of the citizen participation meetings, such as meeting time and venue, agenda, and meeting minutes. The progress of Mayor Ko’s 191 primary policies/projects are also available.  Furthermore, people can quickly links to other websites such as Data.Taipei, Taipei City Government Online Forum, Laws and Regulations Database of Taipei City, Participatory Budgeting Website, etc. It is believed open and transparent government and citizen’s engagement create better governance; Taipei thus becomes a better city.

Profile of Taipei Civic Participation Website
Website URL: http://civil.gov.taipei
Information offered: Progress of Mayor Ko’s administration, citizen participation meetings, performance of 14 city departments, budget overview, and links to other websites such as Data.Taipei, Taipei City Government Online Forum, Laws and Regulations Database of Taipei City, Participatory Budgeting Website, etc.