Conclusion of first phase of computerisation of Public Administration, under presidency of H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo

The National Centre for the Computerisation of Public Administration in Equatorial Guinea, created under Decree number 55/2013, of 25th may, through the impulse and desire of the President of the Republic, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, on a mission to create, administer and promote electronic government in the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, has completed the first phase of Computerisation of the Public Administration.

The ceremony to present and publish the report on this first part of the work took place on Monday 21st January, at the International Palace of Conferences in Sipopo, overseen by H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.

The director of this autonomous project with its own legal status, Norberto bartolome Monsuy, said that the benefits of this first phase would be a transformation of Equatoguinean society in its relation to the administration.

Those present also followed a conference with images on the importance and benefits of a computerised administration in the country, given by an expert from the United Nations.

The President of the Republic, in his reflections, said that his mission was to provide the country with good positive actions for the benefit of the population, and for that reason he had created this project which would reduce costs for those using the administration.

The Head of State also mentioned the adoption and creation of laws and other legal instruments to regulate the misuse of information and communication technologies, together with codes of usage for this technology.

In addition, the leader of the nation recommended to the Government and other involved organisations to implement literacy campaigns for ICT (Information and Communication Technologies), and indicated that the Executive would take all the necessary measures in order to meet all the phases of this project.

Present were leaders of constitutional bodies; members of the Government coordinated by the Prime Minister, Francisco Pascual Obama Asue; Jeronimo Osa Osa Ecoro, General Secretary of the Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea, in addition to accredited ambassadors and heads of diplomatic missions in the country, and officials and staff from various ministerial departments.

The National Centre for the Computerisation of Public Administration intends to modify, within a period of four years, the way in which the administration connects with social agents, such as citizens, companies, officials and the Government, with respect to public management and policy action, using ICT to strengthen the link between those with the information and those that need it. During this first phase, five laws have been drawn up under the Access Regime for Public Administration Services via electronic means; the Law on Personal data Protection; the Law on Electronic Signatures and certificates; the Law on Communication via Internet, and the Law on the Conservation of Electronic Data.

A requested and internationally recognised Data Centre has also been created. This is a technological port, like a giant hard disk for the country, through which both the Government and the software industry, audiovisual services, added value and management and distribution services for contents will have the same backup facilities and quality as exist in the most important markets in the world for the storage, care and protection of data.

During this first phase, the Presidency of the Government, together with the majority of ministries, are connected through the provision of batches of IT material, and the training of 2315 officials in specific matters and focal points is planned, in addition to the creation of five fully equipped training rooms with a capacity for 500 places.

The computerisation process for Public Administration began officially with the creation of the national Centre for Computerisation (CNIAPGE), under the supervision of the Presidency of the Government, identified within the National Plan for Economic and Social Development as one of the priorities.

One of the main aims of the process is to establish good governance for citizen service, from the setting up of a strategic State and a modern administration, consolidating ethical values within public services and rationalising the management of those services through the use of ICT.

The CNIAPGE directors centre and personnel have declared H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo to be the First User of Electronic Government in the Republic of Equatorial Guinea.

Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office

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