The Standing Committee on Public Works, Infrastructures, Communication, Transportation and New Technologies, chaired by Demetrio Elo Ndong, begam on Monday, March 2, at the Ngolo International Conference Center, the provisional headquarters of the Senate in Bata, the work consisting of the study and analysis on the second reading of the Draft Law on Access to Public Administration Services by Electronic Means.
This draft law’s objective is the exclusive regulation of the electronic access regime of citizens to the Public Administration service, establishing and standardizing the legal status of its electronic communications, nature, efficiency, validity and effectiveness, in order to achieve better levels of governance in all the spheres of society in Equatorial Guinea.
Therefore, the draft law includes that the State Public Administration has an obligation to promote the means and resources for the use of new technologies for the benefit of citizens, to become an electronic administration based on the principles of transparency, effectiveness, efficiency, proximity, accessibility and objectivity, offering the advantages and possibilities of the information society and media. This project also incorporates into the legal system new concepts and terms such as electronic administration, open source applications; authentication; electronic document; sites and email addresses; interoperability; electronic signature; electronic personal identity document; single window and others.
The fifty-four articles, divided into seven titles and seventeen chapters, one additional transitory, one derogatory and one final clauses, which make up the Draft Law on Access to Public Administration Services by Electronic Means, will the studied, analyzed and discussed in depth by the members of the Standing Committee on Public Works, Infrastructures, Communication, Transportation and New Technologies so that, with its amendments and modifications, it can enrich and improve the original text and make it a precise and exact document when applying it, before the approval of the Senate, once it approves the final minutes and sentence presented by said commission upon finalizing its work.
Text and photo: Pilar Cecilia Ayecaba Ndong (Senate Press Office)
Equatorial Guinea’s Press and Information Office