Mauritius President: e-Government has serious implications for countries globally
Kailash Purryag noted that rapid innovation in technology is making it easier to ensure that a wider segment of the population can access ICT benefits, including the poorest of the poor. (Image: ICT for entrepreneurs)
Mauritius President Kailash Purryag noted that e-Government has serious implications for both developing and developed countries across the globe, and particularly for the African continent.
He was addressing delegates at the opening ceremony of the 11th Forum of Commonwealth Heads of African Public Service, yesterday, 08 July 2014, at the Intercontinental Resort, Balaclava.
Around 60 participants from 18 countries are attending the forum, themed “e-Government for Inclusive and Sustainable Development.”
The event, which will be held from 8 to 10 July 2014, has been organised by the Ministry of Civil Service and Administrative Reforms together with the Governance and Natural Resources Advisory Services Division (GNRASD) of the Commonwealth Secretariat.
Mauritius ICT Minister Tassarajen Chedumbrum Pillay, and the Acting Director of GNRASD, Tim Newman, were also present at the event.
In his keynote address, President Purryag observed that today’s challenging world is fuelled by the force of technology, which is transforming the way both public and private organisations do business.
Connectivity, he stated, has become key to sustainable development, with ICT and the internet taking the lead role in economic development across nations.
The President noted that rapid innovation in technology is making it easier to ensure that a wider segment of the population can access ICT benefits, including the poorest of the poor.
Spurred on by such innovations, e-Government has become a must for all activities undertaken by the government. It also assists in tackling a host of societal issues ranging from education and health to poverty alleviation, added the President.
For his part, Civil Service Minister Sutyadeo Moutia said that the people of Africa, especially the youth, deserve to be placed at par on the highways of development with their counterparts in more developed parts of the world.
Moutia noted that it is the responsibility of public service agencies in Africa, as the executive arm of their respective governments, to review their processes and service delivery standards with focus on citizens, who have the right to be integrated into the developmental process.
“To that end, Africa needs a robust Public Service segment to support governments in their developmental endeavours,” he said.
“ICT can play the role of a catalyst for good governance, leading to open and transparent governance, efficient delivery of public services and enhanced public engagement of citizens, especially in countries with vast territories, where most rural communities tend to remain disconnected from the centre,” he added.
The Commonwealth Secretariat’s Governance and Institutional Development Division initiated the forum, which has run every year since 2004. Its objective is to bring together public service leaders to exchange dialogue, network and share best practices on contemporary issues in public sector management and service delivery.