UNU helps Cameroon to develop national e-governance strategy

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  • 2011•09•28     Macao

    Ongoing collaboration between the UNU International Institute for Software Technology (UNU-IIST) and the National Agency for Information and Communication Technology (ANTIC), Government of Cameroon, has culminated in development of a National Electronic Governance Strategy for Cameroon.

    The draft strategy, jointly developed as one of deliverables of the EGOV.CM project, was presented by ANTIC and UNU-IIST at the 3rd National Conference on Electronic Governance in Cameroon, held in July 2011 in Yaoundé. Dr. Tomasz Janowski, head of the UNU-IIST Center for Electronic Governance, and Dr. Adegboyega Ojo, UNU-IIST academic programme officer, presented the strategy jointly with the ANTIC team and facilitated in-depth discussions and feedback from participants, which included some 150 senior government officials at national, provincial and local levels as well as representatives of academia and civil society.

    The strategy focuses on:

    • ensuring accessibility of government information and services to citizens, including those at the local level and in rural areas of the country;
    • providing technology support for the public administration reform programme towards deep transformation of the internal workings of government;
    • developing the necessary technological, organizational, regulatory and legal infrastructures to enable the achievement of the desired strategy objectives; and
    • ensuring that the initiatives resulting from the strategy are sustainable and positively impact on the national growth and development policies of the country.

    The reviewed strategy will be available on the ANTIC website for public consultation.

    The strategy was developed as part of an open and participatory process which engaged many ministries, department and agencies as well as universities and civil society organizations in Cameroon. The project involved research and the development of human and institutional capacity for ANTIC.

    With the completion of the strategy document and its ongoing elaboration into a concrete electronic governance programme, the first phase of the EGOV.CM project is drawing to a close. A second phase, scheduled to commence in January 2012 and run for five years, will focus on monitoring and managing the resulting programme. As part of this phase, UNU-IIST will work with ANTIC and major universities in Cameroon on development of a Government Chief Information Officer (GCIO) system for Cameroon and establishment of GCIO training and education programmes.

    For more information, see UNU-IIST Contributes to Strengthening Good Governance through Electronic Governance in Cameroon on the UNU-IIST website.