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E-governance system vital

KABANDA CHULU, Lusaka
GOVERNMENT will save over K70 million annually that is being spent on paper and toners once the electronic (e) governance system is fully implemented, Smart Zambia Institute co-ordinator Martin Mtonga has said.

In an interview on Monday, Dr Mtonga said the electronic government division at Cabinet Office has intensified the implementation of the e-governance system through application of information and communication technology (ICT) for delivering government services and communication transactions.
He said through e-governance, government services will be availed to citizens in a convenient, efficient and transparent manner.
“Another important aspect will be the cost-saving measures that will come with the e-governance system. Government spends about K72 million annually on paper and toners but we want to phase out the usage of paper. Payslips will be disbursed electronically.
“We also intend to install tele-presence equipment whereby senior government officials will be able to address meetings without necessarily travelling to the actual place – this will reduce fuel costs,” Dr Mtonga said at the just-ended Agricultural and Commercial Show.
He said in the quest to roll out the Smart Zambia programme, the focus is also on improving end-to-end encryption, which is a system of communication where only the communicating users can read the messages.
“The systems are designed to defeat any attempts at surveillance or tampering because no third parties can decipher the data being communicated or stored,” Dr Mtonga said.
In October 2015, President Lungu launched the e-government division with the aim to contribute to reducing transaction costs and improving productivity.
President Lungu said the move was aimed at improving coordination, implementation of information and communications technology projects, as well as ensuring that services required by citizens and other stakeholders from Government are automated.

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