E-governance: Government Signs MoU With KOICA
The FCFA 1.2 billion project is expected to bring services closer to the people.
A press release from the Korea International Cooperation Agency, Cameroon office, KOICA, says the institution on March 27, 2015, signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, with the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications, MINPOSTEL for a three-year E-governance project. KOICA’s Resident Representative to Cameroon, Kim Tae Young, revealed that the MoU seeks to establish the project’s master plan.
Korea is proposing a better governance system whereby services will be available and closer to citizens in a convenient, efficient and transparent manner. The system is an application of Information and Communication Technology, ICT, for delivering government services. It also entails the exchange of information communication transactions, integration of various stand-alone services between government and customers, government-to-business, government-to-government as well as back office processes and interactions within the entire government framework.
The 2015-2017 Korean-funded project worth two million USD (approximately FCFA 1.2 billion) is expected to be executed in four phases, with activities comprising the establishment of an E-governance master plan and development of a new strategy for Cameroon. There will also be the establishment of a design for a priority initiative and support for the development and operation of education programmes in schools and the training of Cameroonian officials in Korea. “Given Korea’s excellence, which is globally recognized as the world’s best for the development of E-government-related projects, the transfer of knowledge and technology to Cameroon through this project will contribute highly to improve transparency and efficiency in public administration,” Kim Tae Young explained.
Cameroon will be endowed with a sustainable E-governance strategy. Over 300 Cameroonian officials from the public and para-public sectors are expected to be trained while the country is expected to grow by 30 per cent on the basis of the United Nations E-governance classification report.