A recent decree issued by Indonesia\u2019s president, Joko Widodo, instructs that all government agencies in the country must now appoint a Chief Information Officer (CIO) to coordinate technological agendas between different authorities.\nImam Mahdi, Deputy Assistant of Policy Formulation and Coordination for the Implementation of Administrative Systems and e-Government at the Ministry of Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform (PANRB), told in an interview with GovInsider that government CIOs will collaborate with ministers, businesses and other CIOs to guarantee that the digital endeavours are carried out at a national level.\nThe presidential decree was enacted with the purpose of coordinating disparate tech systems across various ministries and departments. It requires governmental agencies to share and use the same electronic services as part of a new national-level e-governance system.\nAccording to GovInsider, Widodo has set up a national steering committee, chaired by the Minister of Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform, that will oversee the cross-agency standardisation of e-government systems. Its first task is to write up an e-government master plan for the next five years. \nOther members of the committee include the Minister for Communication and Information Technology, Minister of National Planning, Minister of Finance, Minister of Home Affairs, the heads of the National Cyber and Encryption Agency, and the Agency for Technology Assessment and Application.\nThe decree is the first step in creating a national-level e-governance system with the aim to tackle inefficiency in Indonesia\u2019s public service. \n\u201cAll public services are now already based on electronic platforms,\u201d Mahdi told GovInsider. \u201cHowever, we can still push the efficiency more.\u201d\nWhat\u2019s e-government?\nBased on The World Bank Definition, e-government is the use of information technology (IT) by government offices to offer better services to people and businesses, as well as to facilitate cooperation among government institutions. Its use aims to empower the community through public access to information resources available.\nIf implemented correctly, e-government platforms bolster democratic governance practices, improve transparency and balances the authority between local and central administrations. E-governance is also an essential requisite for the development of a digital society and \u2018smart nation\u2019 agenda.\nIn Indonesia, e-government was officially introduced to public administration by presidential directive in 2001, which states that the country\u2019s government has to use telematics technology to support good governance. \u00a0\nAs today, e-government in the archipelago is still developing, particularly in regional and local administrations. The responsibility for e-government development in Indonesia lies under the State Minister of Communication and Information.