" Possible funding sources and partners for the transact stage are discussed briefly in the 2002 e-government strategy:
"POTENTIAL PARTNERS AND FUNDING SOURCES FOR THE E-GOVERNMENT PROGRAM
Given the already established relations between the Government of Lebanon and both the international funding community and a good number of international and local ICT firms, a large number of potential partners and funding sources for the e-government program can be easily identified. The following funding organizations are documented for the purpose of illustration and do not constitute an exhaustive list of potential partners and funding sources.
International and local ICT firms are not listed here so as not to create any marketing pretenses. Their respective involvement in the e-government program will be announced in accordance with its occurrence and at that time only so as to be impartial to all.
International Funding Organizations:
International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD or the World Bank)
Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA)
European Union (EU)
European Bank for International Development (EBID)
Arab Fund for Social and Economic Development (AFSED)
Islamic Development Bank (IDB)
Kuwaiti Fund (KF)
Saudi Fund (SF)
Japanese Fund (JF)"
More realistically, we can take the funding of Informs - not a transact site but an e-government Website nevertheless - as a template for future transact funding. Informs was a partnership between various sectors and organizations with:
- international organizations (European Union, World Bank, UNDP) providing equipment and expertise
- the Government of Lebanon providing salaries of employees, office space and furniture
- the private sector (IDM, Microsoft) providing free or preferential software and hosting rates
- mass media (newspapers, TVs, magazines, radio stations, billboards) providing coverage
One cannot also forget that, once established, transact services can be self-sustaining (citizens paying for services).