RSVP now to join the next Technology Salon
E-government is becoming a fundamental reform tool for enhancing public administration especially in developing countries like Ghana where public organisations face resource constraints in their delivery of public services.
Current trends have proven that services provided by Electronic Government (e-Government) are helpful in the realization of good governance objectives. These e-Government services leverage on modern Information and Communication Technologies to provide an effective electronic public administration platform through which citizens and government’s Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) interact with one another.
The openness of these e-Government services enhances a government’s ability to achieve transparency, citizen trust and participation while cutting down on the cost of governance. It is for these and many other benefits that the Government of Ghana has instituted pragmatic efforts in enacting e-Government policies and deploying pilot projects in several parts of the country. The National Information Technology Agency (NITA) has mainly spearheaded these deployments. These pilot projects, to some extent, have achieved objectives such as the creation of external relations (e-society); refinement of governance procedures (E-administration); and connecting nationals (e-services and e-citizens). Whilst these pilot projects have improved governance structures, dissemination of information and growth of the economy, lack of good infrastructure and sustainable funding schemes for these projects have been identified as major challenges that have affected the full realization of the set goals. The lack of adequate public understanding and participation in the process also has the potential to jeopardise the process.
The March Accra Tech Salon will focus on how far the country has gone in the process of implementing e-governance projects. What can be done to encourage citizens’ active participation in the process?
Thought leaders from government agencies, ministries and private companies among others will for the 2-hour period deliberate on such issues as:
- What e-governance projects are currently being implemented?
- What are some of the challenges the process is currently facing in Ghana?
- What influences public servants and citizen end users use and adoption of e-government tools?
- How can we successfully integrate e-governance systems into traditional public service delivery?
Please RSVP now to join key stakeholders and thought leaders from government agencies, civil society, and technologists among other experts with discussions to be led by:
- Kofi Otchere – NITA
- Patricia Dovi-Sampson – Ministry of Information
- Papa Arkhurst – E-governance expert
- Accra Digital Centre
We’ll have hot coffee and catered breakfast treats for a morning rush, but seating is limited. Once we reach our 30-person capacity there will be a waiting list!
March Technology Salon Accra
Wednesday, 28th March 2018
9am – 11am
New Media Hub at Penplusbytes
No.1 Ostwe Close, Ako Adjei, Osu,
Accra, Ghana (map)
RSVP is required for attendance
|About the Technology Salon |
The Technology Salon™ is an intimate, informal, and in person, discussion between information and communication technology experts and international development professionals, with a focus on both:
Our meetings are lively conversations, not boring presentations. Attendance is capped at 35 people – and frank participation with ideas, opinions, and predictions is actively encouraged.