CABINET has approved the SMART Zambia eGovernment Master Plan 2018-2030. Cabinet also noted the introduction of Public Service ICT standards. This was during the 4th Cabinet meeting which was chaired by President Edgar Lungu on Monday 18th February 2019 at State House at which SMART Zambia Institute presented the SMART Zambia eGovernment Master Plan and eight (8) Public Service ICT Standards to the Cabinet for adoption. The approval follows the launch by President Lungu of the Smart Zambia Transformation Agenda in September 2015, during the address to Parliament.
Chief Government Spokesperson Ms Dora Siliya disclosed this in a statement released to ZNBC News.
The e-Government Master Plan will ensure an integrated approach to the development of electronic government and related Information and Communication Technology (ICT) services. Ms SILIYA said the plan aims to digitise Line Ministries, Public Service Agencies and Local Authorities.
The two (2) approved Cabinet Memoranda included:
- SMART Zambia eGovernment Master Plan; and
- Eight (8) Public Service ICT Standards.
The SMART Zambia eGovernment Master Plan aims at digitalising Line Ministries, Public Service Agencies and Local Authorities; strengthening their operations; and making them more responsive to the needs of the citizenry. The SMART Zambia eGovernment Master Plan will transform the Government into a connected entity that responds to the needs of its citizens by developing an integrated electronic platform.
The Public Service ICT Standards are aimed at developing procedures and controls to assure compliance and quality assurance with applicable ICT regulatory and legal requirements to attain an electronic Government. The Public Service ICT Standards will attract administrative sanctions to any Public Service institution that will not adhere to its prescriptions once the Electronic Government Bill, 2018 is enacted by Parliament during the February/ March 2019 Legislative Seating.
The National eGovernment Masterplan and the Public Service ICT Standards will be applicable to all Line Ministries, Public Service Agencies and Local Authorities and will ensure that acceptable practices are adhered to when developing and acquiring any ICT investments in the public service for the purposes of interoperability and seamless integration.