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Ethiopia plans to commence e-governance service delivery

How feasible is e-governance in a society where majority of the population is not computer literate and in light of the dire power shortage?

Ministry of Innovation and technology _ Ethiopia _ e-governance

borkena
May 31 ,2019

Ethiopia is planning to launch e-governance service delivery in the next six months. As many as 150 governments’ services will be offering online services, according to Innovation and Technology Minister, which is cited by Fana Broadcasting Corporate report on Friday.

The ministry added that it is holding talks with relevant bodies on e-government service delivery.

The Decision is informed by the need to provide fast service delivery to citizens and the plan is to apply it in the areas of all government services.

According to FBC, six government departments including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia are already offering electronics service delivery.

Government structures including at Kebele level, which is in the bottom of government administrative structure, will be offering services electronically. 

“We are planning to offer consistent and uninterrupted services, and take services to citizens rather than requiring citizens to come to services,”  Getahun Mekuria, Minister for Innovation and Technology is cited as saying.

Incomplete infrastructure is cited as a challenge to the plan but the minister said that the government is working on accessibility of better speed internet service in all regions.

How realistic government plan is under the circumstance of a persistent power shortage which completed the government to ration electricity is remains a question. As well, well over 70 percent of Ethiopia’s 105 million populations live in the rural areas practicing small and subsistent farming, and there are still places that are not connected via road transport. On the flip side, it means that the majority of the Ethiopian population is no computer literate.

If the plan was to be successful, it might have a negative impact on the existing workforce in the public service as a structural adjustment might be needed.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. befor e governance service manual service must be empelmented cleerly . And other mandatory condition must be fulfild like skilled human power , networking sistem of the country rural area enfrastruture electgic enstalation of the country etc

  2. Who is to stop us Tagarus Tigraians , from claiming our pet project GERD dam ?

    Girma Birru or Abiyot Ahmed got no authority over us .
    Tigrai got 100 times more fighting power than the rest of Ethiopia.
    We built GERD to benefit all, that is why only TPLF is the only fit to run the dam after it starts operations.
    we made sure all get a piece of the pie in Ethiopia so far and we will continue to do so , after the DAM starts operations.

    Whoever want to get in our way we will deal with them like we dealt with Derg Shabiya and the rest you know who . Only TPLF is responsible for the dam .

  3. The Cyber security of Ethiopia is monopolized by few individuals loyal to PM Abiy Ahmed’s team .

    INSA fired many replacing them with ODP members.

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