Speaking at a Forum of Government leaders in Cape Town, organised by Microsoft, Mozambican President Armando Guebuza invited all cooperation partners, and the Microsoft Corporation in particular, to join the efforts of Mozambique and of Africa to harness Information and Communication Technologies to development programmes.
Guebuza stressed that in a globalised world the capacity of a country to produce appropriate knowledge and technologies determine how far it can compete in the global economy. He said that today Information and Communication Technologies occupy a prominent position on the development agenda of each of African counties. Guebuza sketched Mozambique's current public sector reform programme, which is aimed at improving services through decentralisation, institutional restructuring, the promotion of good governance, and the fight against red tape and corruption. Information and Communication Technologies have been catalysts in these reforms, he added, pointing to computerisation of land use, financial management, and tax systems, and the use of e-Government in an attempt to allow citizens to make requests, without going in person to ministries.