Started as a bold experiment, but now a common tool; e-government is the utilisation of the Internet and other communication protocols for delivering government information and services to citizens, business enterprises, and government agencies. Internet-based government is not the only standard; currently some governments are using non-Internet e-government technologies benefiting from a variety of tools ranging from classical communication tools of telephone and fax to more complex technologies of Radio-frequency (RFID) and biometric identification.
"E-government applications" were one of the thematic proposals prioritized in SESRIC’s 2007 questionnaire on the possible themes of future exchange of views sessions of COMCEC. The 24th Follow-up Committee of the COMCEC decided that "e-government applications and their economic impact on the OIC Member Countries" be included to the agenda of the 24th Session of the COMCEC. Based on the Resolution No. 68 adopted at the 25th Session of the COMCEC, SESRIC co-organised the International Conference on eGovernment: Sharing Experiences (eGOVsharE2009) in 2009.
Also based on the Resolution No. 68 adopted at the 25th Session of the COMCEC, the OIC e-Government Working Group (OIC eGovWG) was established with the purpose of focusing on four fundamental areas including priority setting, experience sharing, capacity building, and establishment of an OIC e-Government Portal. The First Meeting of the OIC eGovWG was held on 5–6 July 2011 in Ankara, Republic of Turkey with focus on main activities and roles as well as areas of cooperation and collaboration where the Working Group can act as a facilitator and catalyst for the benefit of e-government systems of the OIC Member Countries.