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Economy under the conditions of modern transformations

DULSKA Iryna 1

1Institute for Economics and Forecasting, NAS of Ukraine

Budget support for digitization within the E-government in Ukraine

Economy and forecasting 2019; 1:47-66https://doi.org/10.15407/econforecast2019.01.047


The paper deals with the issue of the budget financing of digitalization in Ukraine through e-governance.
It was shown that it is very difficult to estimate the real volume of public expenditures on digitalization (informatization) through e-government program at all budget levels and directions, since its components (national, sectoral, regional) are being implemented by many executive bodies and local governments. According to international organizations, the public access to information on budget spending in Ukraine is limited, and transparency level is insufficient, while the level of e-governance is high. However, the interfaces of e-government and e-budgets of the central and local government bodies are not unified, and are mostly inconvenient to users. The official websites provide outdated and limited information. The lack of transparency of the budget resources using reduces the trust of the general public in governmental institutions.
The organizational and institutional mechanism of budget financing of e-governance is studied based on the results of audits conducted by the authorized state bodies.
It is revealed that the main contractor of the subprograms implementation of the National Informatization Program – the State Agency for E-Governance of Ukraine – has not ensured a proper level of coordination, control, and systemic and consistent action, therefore important goals of the program have not been achieved. While the goals of digitalization of public services are declared as priority in Ukraine, the level of budget financing does not correspond to them. In case of the implementation of regional programs of informatization, insufficient control of the main spending units leads to poor performance or failures in their execution. Still unsolved remains the issue of determining the sources of financial support for the basic sectors of the social sphere, in particular, regarding measures for their digitization, within the framework of regional decentralization.
To deal with the above mentioned problems and challenges, it is recommended to establish a single coordinating body in the field of digitalization, including e-government, which should have ministry status and be built up on experience of countries, where similar bodies exist.
The publication is prepared during the research work "Formation" of smart specialization in the economy of Ukraine" (state registration number 0117U007701).

Keywords: digitalization, informatization, budget expenditures for informatization, executive bodies, local governments, budget programs, audit, e-government, interface of state electronic services, electronic budget, regional programs of informatization

JEL: G32

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