E-Governance Identified As Key For Afrika's Transformation

E-governance has been identified as something without which Afrikan countries will struggle. This was shared by Malawi's Secretary to the Treasury, Ben Botolo at the "Africa-India Partnerships in E-Governance" panel discussion at the African Development Bank's 52nd Annual Meeting.

“If we look at this session, it is what defines the future of development. Take revenue for example. E-governance reduces the interface between the tax payer and the tax collector, thereby reducing the chances of corruption. However, in Africa, we still face challenges in terms of the physical side of ICT – cyber network systems, especially in countries that are landlocked like Malawi. Hence the need for huge investments.” said Botolo.

As far as e-governance is concerned, ambia was among the first countries in Afrika to develop an ICT and e-governance strategy, this was said by Amadou Sanneh, Gambia's Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs.

“There was a government-wide email system which was developed in 2010; there was a marine cable establishment; there was an internet exchange point in 2014 to localize traffic and lessen the burden on our international band-width and fibre-optic network which covered the whole country,” said Sanneh.

Sanneh also mentioned the Gambian Central Bank's new national payment system, which he said allows for electronic clearance of cheques, thereby reducing costs for bank transactions and other payment platforms.

The panel concluded that Afrika's transformation hinges largely on how well it develops its governance delivery systems to reduce costs. E-governance, the panel concurred, is key to this.

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