Dr. Norkeh, Minister of Posts and Telecommunications Speech for the lunch of DIGITAL LIBERIA PROJECT
Hon. Brownie Samokai, Minister of National Defense, and Proxy for Vice President of the Republic of Liberia.
Her Excellency Ambassador Christine Elder, US Ambassador to Liberia
Members of the Advisor Committe
Members of the Cabinet
Members of the USAID Family
Other Government Officials here present
Members of the press
Ladies and gentlemen
As you heard from the project overview, today marks another stept forward in the enhancement of communications across government and service delivery to our people. Soon after the inauguration of the administration, the telecommunications and ICT sector of which we are the head, has been devising ways in which the sector can be more resopnsive to the development needs of our people. These effeorts on our part in collaboration with other stakeholders and friendly governments, has resulted in the formulation of a national e-Government strategy; a comprehensive framework to guide the development, deployment and usage of ICT to the benefit of the public at large. This strategy seeks to infuse efficiency in the public sector. With a comprehensive strategy seeks to infuse efficiency in the public sector. With a comprehensive strategy that provides a common plan and method for the effective use of ICT, policies in the sector will be transformed into actin that will yield tangible and visible benefits such as:
- Reducing the dcost and time of communications across government that normally takes considerable amount of productive time.
- Payments of salaries, LEC Bills, Tax Payments, School fees and many others, using ICT.
- Online education and research in important field of study, such as medicine, disease control, ICT, Securty, to name a few.
- Providing rural communities with government and private services such as e-Certificates, E-Permits and host of others.
My distinguished invitees, after many years of existence as a nation, we have to wake up and learn from other countries like Ghana, Kenya and Rwanda where the effective use of ICT is improving the lives of the citizenry through the accelerated provision of essential services for livelihood. the e-Government Strategy supports our government objectives to deliver services to all Liberian, irrespective of locations, economic status or even education. Given its close alignemt to our National Agenda for Transformation, the e-Government strategy will contribute immensely to socio-economic transformation of our country and induce innovations in the process of governance and services.
However, the full realization of these efforts requires a considerable commitment from government, our development partners such as USAID and private investors. The USAID-Digital Liberia and e-Government Project which is being launched here today, is a clear manifestation of that commitment. This project seeks to achieve two main objectives:
- Enable us link our institutions through digital communications and improve oru connectiveity to the world.
- Build our capacity to utilize the ICT and internet technologies to improve our performance as a government for the effective, efficient and transparent delivery of services to our people.
I therefore call on you my fellow policy makers, to join us in championing the cause of this technological transformation agenda. Many thanks go to the USAID and United States Government for putting forth the funding for this project. Our government remains committed to providing the environment and resources to make the implementation of Digital Liberia and e-Government Project a sucess story.