The drive towards e-governance for Kenya and other African countries has received a major boost from the Commonwealth Business Council (CBC) and EzGov Europe.
Both organizations have signed a MOU, aimed towards bankrolling this project, whose key motivation is to improve service delivery in government.
The MOU will see both organisations work together to deliver electronic service delivery solutions for e-government to Commonwealth countries and other government markets worldwide.
The agreement was signed prior to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHoGM), which was held in Malta. The CBC's e-government programme is part of the ongoing plan to bridge the digital divide and is aimed at helping countries develop and implement their individual e-government programs at both central and local government levels.
In Kenya, the project is being implemented under the cabinet office, Office of the President.
The implementing unit is the Public sector Reform Program.The Permanent Secretary incharge of the project is is Ms Grace Nyakeya.
With this partnership, the CBC will now incorporate EzGov's proven e-Government solutions. Dr Kaul, Director General of the CBC, said “We are delighted to be working with EzGov”, he added, “EzGov has very successfully delivered transformational government solutions in the USA, UK and other countries, and we are very pleased to be able to leverage this experience and expertise for the benefit of the countries we work with.” , Dr Kaul said.
The Commonwealth is linked in many ways, not least by a shared language, shared legal and accounting standards and shared culture. Many Commonwealth countries (such as Australia, Britain, Canada, India, Singapore and Malaysia) have significant experience of implementing very successful e-government initiatives that have been delivered in conjunction with private sector technology companies.
There are significant benefits and opportunities for the Commonwealth and for the private sector to collaborate on e-government delivery programs, encompassing the key areas of policy, people and infrastructure.
Already today e-government is proving that it can help public administrations to become more productive and offer personalised services for all, in an open and transparent way.
The CBC and EzGov partnership will help governments realise the advantages of e-Government – through open, scalable and flexible solutions. “EzGov's proven technology, flexibility in product architecture and their experience in working with the large scale transaction requirements of central and local governments were key driving factors behind the decision to work with EzGov,” said Anoop Singh, Director of CBC Technologies – the CBC's technology division which works with many national and regional governments on creating best value Public Private Partnerships for international technology projects.
Frank Moyer, President of EzGov Europe, said, “We are delighted about this very strategic partnership. By sharing our best practices and experiences with the CBC, we will be able to help the CBC achieve their ambitious goals for bridging the digital divide within the Commonwealth.
The Commonwealth Business Council (CBC) was established by the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in 1997 to involve the private sector in the promotion of trade and investment. The CBC is the trade and investment arm of the Commonwealth, a voluntary group of 53 nations working together on shared objectives including culture, trade, and development.