Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

25 June 2014

Tanzania: Ministries Urged to Collaborate With E-Govt Agency

THE Chief Secretary, Mr Ombeni Sefue, has urged ministries and various government agencies to work closely with the e- Government agency (eGA) for more efficiency and openness.

Mr Sefue made the call yesterday in Dar es Salaam at the close of Public Service Week which involved various weeklong activities including an exhibition which was organized to educate the community about the services provided by various government departments and agencies.

The chief secretary said that Information and Communication Technology (ICT) was crucial as it enhanced the Open Government Partnership (OGP) initiative which, among other things, encouraged the use of new technologies to improve governance.

"The agency is the easiest way to reach many people at a time, as in this globalised world information spreads more quickly via ICT, thus no one can avoid using it," he said. e-Government is the use of ICT to enhance the delivery of government services in terms of improving service quality, broadening service availability to more people, and innovating new services.

Judicious use of ICT has proved to be an efficient way of conducting transactions within the government, between the government and its citizens, the government and its employees and the business community, as well as within the public administration itself, thereby bringing many types of government services closer to the people.

eGA was established as a semi-autonomous institution in April 2012 with the mandate to coordinate, oversight and provide e- Government initiatives and enforcement of its standards to ministries, departments, agencies and local government authorities.

Mr Sefue also said that although there were challenges in fulfilling the Tanzania Development Vision 2025, everyone should be responsible for playing their part as more potential was needed to fulfil it.

Quoting American president John Kennedy's speech in which he said, 'Don't ask what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country," the CS said it was vital for public servants to leave a landmark by fulfilling their responsibilities wholeheartedly for the betterment of future generations.

"Most of the people we serve are still poor, so it is up to us to make sure we improve their lives by being loyal to them and support them whenever we are obliged," Mr Sefue said.

Earlier, Permanent Secretary in the President's Office (Public Service Management), Mr George Yambesi, said that the exhibition was successful and productive as it had attracted more than 88 government agencies.

"The people are anxious to know about various activities being conducted by government agencies. We also received various comments and suggestions from the people and we are looking forward to working on them," he said.

The PS also said that though the private sector was regarded as the engine of development, it should also be noted that public service greased the engine, thus cooperation between the two was essential.

The United Nations Public Service Day is held on June 23 each year. It recognizes that democracy and successful governance are built on the foundation of a competent civil service. The day aims to celebrate the value and virtue of service to the community.

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