United Nations Public Service Award 2005

‘Made in Singapore’ OASIS eGovernment Solution making the world sit up.

That is what Ecquaria hopes to achieve by putting Singapore as a world leader in eGovernment technology and services

With the latest UN Public Service Award for best application of IT in the government sector won by its customer, Singapore’s Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI), the Ecquaria Service-Oriented Platform™ (Ecquaria SOP™) now ranks as a globally acclaimed platform in powering government infrastructures.

This is yet another strong endorsement of a Singapore technology company that is recognised for its ‘Made in Singapore’ flagship product, Ecquaria SOP™ in empowering the award-winning Singapore government infrastructure project, the Public Service Infrastructure (PSi) in 2002 for Singapore’s e-Government Action Plan I (eGAP I).

“It is an honour to be associated with today’s award as it highlights our sustained leadership in e-Government and validates our ability to offer our customers the most robust and scalable infrastructure that is internationally recognised for its excellence in enabling innovative public service applications and delivery,” said Dr Foong Wai Keong, President and CEO of Ecquaria Technologies.

The award-winning Online Application System for Integrated Services (OASIS) project was launched in August 2001 in response to feedback from entreprenuers about the difficulties they faced in starting their businesses. Its goal was to create – through the flagship application, Online Business Licensing Service (OBLS) – a more pro-enterprise environment in Singapore by streamlining the process of applying for business licences.

Ecquaria SOP™ serves as a unified application platform that is used to host the MTI’s various license applications as well as facilitate the co-ordination and implementation of 69 licenses involving more than 30 government agencies and over 200 stakeholders.

From requirements gathering to delivery, six months was all it took for the online service to be officially launched in January 2004.

Amidst fierce competition amongst the industry’s major players, Ecquaria SOP™ was selected by MTI as the de facto platform to build OBLS, a key project under Singapore’s eGovernment Action Plan II (eGAP II). Several more features were added in the later phases of the project that enable existing businesses to update, renew or terminate their licenses online.

“Ecquaria’s capability and expertise in launching the Online Business Licensing Service rapidly and efficiently have far exceeded our expectations.”


Alfred Low, Senior Assistant Director
E-BIZ Unit, Ministry of Trade and Industry


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