UNU-IIST Contributes to Strengthening Good Governance through Electronic Governance in Cameroon

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

UNU-IIST and ANTIC developed the 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 during 13 – 14 July 2011 in Yaoundé. The event was officially opened by the Honorable Minister for Post and Telecommunications on behalf of the Prime Minister and Head of Government. Dr. Tomasz Janowski, the Head of the UNU-IIST Center for Electronic Governance and Dr. Adegboyega Ojo, UNU-IIST Academic Program Officer presented the strategy jointly with the ANTIC team and facilitated in-depth discussions and feedback on the document from participants, which included over 150 senior government officials from various ministries and agencies at the national, provincial and local levels, as well as representatives of academia and civil society.
 
Over 150 participants from government, academic and civil society joined the discussion and provided feedback on the proposed strategy
The strategy focused on: accessibility of government information and services to citizens including those at the local and rural areas of the country; providing technology support for the public administration reform program 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 the second round of public consultation. 
 
The strategy addresses the accessibility, reform, infrastructure and sustainability issues
The strategy has been developed as part of an open and participatory process which engaged many ministries, department and agencies, as well as universities and civil society organizations from Cameroon, and which 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 program, the first phase of the EGOV.CM project is about to close. The second phase, expected to commence in January 2012 and run for five years, will focus on the monitoring and management of the resulting program. As part of this phase, UNU-IIST will continue working with ANTIC and major universities in Cameroon on the development of the Government Chief Information Officer (GCIO) system for Cameroon and the establishment of GCIO training and education programs.
 
The second stage of the EGOV.CM projects will focus on the monitoring, management and ongoing strategy-program alignment of the program established to implement the EGOV strategy
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