African Parliamentary Knowledge Network Launched

The African Parliamentary Knowledge Network (APKN) was formally introduced to the Speakers of the continent’s parliaments at a conference held at the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) on 8-9 October. APKN is an ambitious project covering a range of issues, each with it own subdomain on the portal. These include: Africa News Monitor (an automated news aggregator […]

SA Police told to “prepare properly” for DNA database

via News24 The South African National Assembly’s Police Committee sent a SA Police delegation packing for failing to explain how the department would set up a proposed national DNA database. The delegation of senior police officers was instructed to prepare properly and reappear before the committee at a later date. Committee chairperson Sindi Chikunga cut […]

Empowering the Nigerian Software Industry

Excerpts from Adeyemi Adepetun via The Guardian The issue of developing indigenous software came to bear recently in Lagos at a two-day national workshop organised by the National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP) with the theme  “Status of Software Licensing and Development in Nigeria” . At the end of the workshop, a communique […]

Economic Governance in Senegal

The World Bank is preparing an economic governance project which is aimed primarily at improving the performance of the judicial system in relation to contracts and disputes. Two information systems are part of the wide-ranging proposals: an electronic document platform and a management information system which will enable analysis of the performance of the judiciary.

Rwanda plans system for Immigration and Emigration

The Rwandan Directorate General of Immigration and Emigration intends, through a World Bank grant,  to web enable all of its services, including Passports, Visa, Permits, Citizenship, NGO Certificates, Refugee ID, Refugee travel document, Laissez Passer and Foreigner ID Card.  The Rwanda Information Technology Authority is currently tendering for a company to provide:

Uganda Stock Exchange Goes Electronic

by David Mugabe, New Vision via Uganda Securities Exchange (USE) has embarked on educating the public about the securities central depository that will end paper certificates. “It means we are going to move away from paper to an environment where ownership can be evidenced in electronic form,” said Simon Rutega, USE chief executive officer. […]

National Health Information System in South Africa – “Mission Impossible”

Opinion by  Ivo Vegter via ITWeb (excerpts only) Speaking at this year’s GovTech Conference, the CIO of the Department of Health, Dr Shaheen Khotu, gave a bewildering presentation. His subject was the National Health Information System of South Africa, and in particular, the provision of an electronic health record. The aim of such a record […]

“Kampala to Be a Software Hub”

by Davis Weddi, NewVision via UGANDA’s first information communication technology software cluster has concluded its second meeting in Kampala. The meeting promised to make the city recognised as a software development hub in the Great Lakes region, by the year 2015. At the Fairway hotel last week, the cluster of more than 30 information, […]

Companies and Intellectual Properties Registration

via allAfrica CIPRO in South Africa is spending R153m to ‘modernise its computer system’. It has just been cleared of irregularities in the award of the contract. The new system will transform Cipro from a paper-based operation to one in which data is digitally processed and stored. It will allow one to search online to […]

Mozambique: Presidential campaign online

via Janet Gunter at Global Voices Online Mozambique will vote to elect a President on October 28. Even before this year’s Presidential campaign officially began in Mozambique, new opposition party Movimento Democrático de Moçambique (Democratic Movement of Mozambique, or MDM) signaled it would take from the “Obama” model of online mobilization. The party set up […]