East and Southern Africa
In its efforts to demystify the applications of ICT in service delivery, the COMESA Secretariat has identified the development and implementation of a regional e-Government framework as a key initiative which can fundamentally transform the way the Governments interact with citizens and businesses and also redefine the nature of relationships across the various Regional Economic Communities (RECs – EAC, OIC, IGAD, COMESA, etc.), Member States, Government Ministries and Departments. One of the key regional e-Government framework flagship projects is the development and implementation of a Regional e-Government Web Portal. This portal is to act as a major gateway (resource) for the member states by providing relevant, consistent, and up to date information on e-Government development and implementation. This portal will also act a model for which member states can adopt and customize to their own environments.
The Computer Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria (CPN) was established by Decree No. 49 of 1993. It is a legal entity charged with the control and supervision of the Computing Profession in the country. In regard thereof, its duties include: to determine what standards of knowledge and skills are to be attained by persons seeking to become members of the computing profession and improving those standards from time to time as circumstances may permit; to secure, in accordance with the provision of the Decree, the establishment and maintenance of a register of persons seeking to be registered under the Decree to practise the computing profession, and the publication from time to time, of the list of these persons. The Act 49 of 1993 that established CPN makes it mandatory for all persons and organizations seeking to engage in the sale and/or use of computing facilities, and/or the provision of professional services in computing in the country to be registered by the Council and licensed to carry out such activities.
The National Information Technology Development Agency is the clearing house for IT projects in the public sector. Its mandate is to: Operate and implement the National IT policy and to give effect to provisions of the national information Technlongy Development Agency Act of 2007; Ensure that the entire citizenry is empowered with information technologies through the development of a critical mass of IT proficient and globally competitive manpower; Enter into strategiec alliance with the private sector as well as international organizations for the actualization of the IT vision; Develop and regulate the Information Technology Sector in Nigeria; Ensure that Information Technology resources are readily available to promote efficient national development.
NOTAP is a parastatal of the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology. Its activities include Evaluation/Registration of Technology Transfer Agreements; Promotion of Intellectual Property; Technology Advisory and Support Services; Commercialization of R&D Results; Research Industry Linkage; Production of Compendium Management Information System; Publication of Project Profiles on R&D Results etc.
National Information Technology Authority
The objectives for NITA-U, under the policy guidance of the MoICT are as follows: To provide first-level Technical support for government IT systems; with the guidance of the Ministry of ICT effect national IT strategies and master plans; To formulate and implement the national IT policies; To promote of e-Governance, e-Commerce and e-Living, amongst others; To set and monitor IT standards in planning; To acquire, implement, deliver, support, organize and help with the sustenance of IT equipment and services; To provide IT standards & guidance for quality services including risk management & contingency planning; To identify and establish IT training requirements for effective utilizations of the technologies; To provide IT capacity building and awareness facilities; and to ensure data protection and security on the IT systems deployed.