Sunday, February 16, 2003

Accelerating e-goverment in South Africa

South Africa looks to be moving ahead with its e-government progamme, per this story quoting President Thabo Mbeki on how it will accelerate [the] gateway project The government gateway project aims to enable the different government computer systems to communicate in order to fast-track service delivery and make services available on a 24/7 basis. The President went further in his "State of the Nation" speech: We will this year also finalise the proposal for harmonisation of systems, conditions of service and norms between the public service in the national and provincial spheres on the one hand, and the municipalities on the other. I've been asked to go to a conference there in March and will be talking about what we've done in the UK, the lessons we've learnt and how things like a "gateway" can help (or, indeed, hinder).

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