Govt goes big on E-governance

by Staff Reporter

Govt goes big on E-governance

An amount of N$100.5 million has been set aside for the rollout of the e-Government Strategic Action Plan (eGSAP), which is aimed at improving service delivery. The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) has already set up Internet points in the regions and will expand internet and intranet services through these points.

It will also join government regional offices to these centres to enable government-wide communication. This was explained by deputy minister in the OPM Christine //Hoebes during a National Assembly consideration of the 2016 Appropriation Bill.

//Hoebes indicated that the ongoing implementation of government’s interoperability solution, known as X-Road, will enable the exchange and sharing of data and information among government institutions in a secure manner. The OPM will also establish a disaster recovery site to ensure business continuity. The site is currently being implemented.

According to //Hoebes the online presence of government will be further improved and extended with online services, new websites and the upgrading of existing sites.

On the human resources management side, a new government payroll is to be implemented and integrated with the human capital management and financial management systems to improve overall human resources administration and planning within government.

//Hoebes said the adoption and review of e-Government and IT policies for the public service will continue, before explaining that the OPM will undertake the development and adoption of relevant IT standards and procedures that will ensure effective implementation of the e-Government Strategic Annual Plan.

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