Tanzania cabinet endorses e-government

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A workshop was convened to establish Tanzania Parliamentary Network for ICT for Development (ParlNet ICT D Tanzania) simply dubbed BungeNet. The Cabinet has officially endorsed establishment of electronic-government (e-government), as part of the ambition to turn the country into a hub of information and communication technology in Africa. This initiative to be co-ordinated by the Public Service Department, would enable the government to collect and hold vast amounts of locally relevant information.

According to the National ICT Policy, Tanzania has a vision to become a hub of ICT infrastructure and ICT solutions that enhance sustainable socio-economic development and accelerated poverty reduction, both nationally and globally. The policy also outlines the country’s mission to enhance nation-wide economic growth and social progress by encouraging beneficial ICT activities in all sectors. At present the number of fixed and mobile phone lines currently stand at 12 telephone lines per 1,000 people (equivalent to a tele-density of 1.2), while that of mobile phone subscribers was only 81 per 10,000 inhabitants.The government has the commitment to push for more strides in the ICT and the current average tele-density, which stands at 2 per cent would be increased to 6 per cent, as the National ICT policy indicates.

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