UK and Israel partner on digital government development

The UK and Israel have signed an agreement that will see the two countries work together on development of open standards within government.

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 The UK and Israel have signed an agreement that will see the two countries work together on development of digital services within government.

The memorandum of understanding was signed by UK government chief technology officer, Liam Maxwell, and Harel Locker, director-general of the Israeli Prime Minister's office, and underlines a commitment to exchange ideas on the use of open standards and open source technologies.

Maxwell said: “Open markets with open standards everyone can use is a key approach the UK is taking to building a digital government based on user needs."

The announcement comes after David Cameron led a state visit to Israel this week to improve connections between the two countries. Cabinet secretary Francis Maude welcomed the opportunity to cooperate on open standards: “There's a great deal we can learn from one another. Sharing knowledge and experience will maximise growth, efficiency and creativity in technology. When we open up government business to the best digital and technology companies, we open the door to innovation and growth.”

The partnership with Israel follows a similar agreement with Estonia in March last year to develop 'digital by default' public services. The two countries committed sharing knowledge and capability in the design, architecture and security of public information systems, alongside the initiation of joint pilot projects.

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