Seychelles’ e-government programme to serve as Commonwealth ICT case study


29-December-2012

This will be done through the government of Seychelles’ department of ICT in collaboration with the Commonwealth Secretariat to produce a case study of the country’s e-government programme in January 2013.

Benjamin Choppy, the principal secretary for ICT under which the e-government portfolio falls, said it is an honour and privilege for the work of DICT to be internationally recognised by the United Nations and the Commonwealth “especially when it is an all-Seychellois team and many of whom are still very young”.

The case study initiative was launched following a presentation at the Commonwealth Secretariat in London, United Kingdom, on November 19, 2012 by the government of Seychelles on its e-government strategies to improve connectivity, transform government processes for efficiency gains, and deliver e-services.

Director general for ICT Lanka Dorby made the presentation at the conference on ‘e-governance in small states’.

The event was attended by representatives from Microsoft, the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO), the Commonwealth Network of IT for Development (COMNET-IT), the government of Malta and high commissioners from 30 Commonwealth small states who discussed how ICT could be used to help bring improvements in public financial management, anti-corruption and service delivery.

Seychelles is making great strides in ICT development and this is reflected in the country’s top ranking in Africa in the United Nations’ Public Administration Network’s (UNPAN) e-government index (2012) and the International Telecommunications Union’s (ITU) ICT Development Index (2012).
 
Further development in ICT can be anticipated now that Seychelles is linked to the submarine fibre-optic cable.

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