Ghana’s e-government public-private partnership and the value of long-term strategies | ppps

In April 2010, the Government of Ghana signed a public-private partnership (PPP) contract to reengineer business registration processes, deploy state-of-the-art application software and hardware, and employ best-in-class solutions for the Ghana Revenue Authority and the Registrar General’s Office. This was part of a broader program to achieve greater efficiency, transparency, and effectiveness in the delivery of selected government services using information and communications technology (ICT).

 

The PPP was structured on a design, finance, build, operate, and transfer model. The government supported the project through resources from a World Bank-financed “eGhana Project,” contributing about one-third of the $60 million project costs; the private sector contributed the remainder. The agreement was for the private sector to build and manage the e-tax and electronic business registration platform until their investment costs were recovered—within five and not exceeding seven years from the effective date of the contract. At the end of the operations period, the system would be turned over to designated government organizations for continuing operation.

Ghana’s e-government public-private partnership and the value of long-term strategies | ppps.

UK supports Ghana’s Financial Management System with £12m

Accra, Oct. 21, GNA – The United Kingdom, on Thursday, signed a memorandum with Ghana to provide the nation’s public financial management system with a £12 million support towards better revenue utilisation and accountability.

The Ghana Integrated Financial Management Information System (GIFMIS) is a project that aims to improve the effectiveness of expenditure, reduce wasteful spending and make it easier to track what government monies have been spent on.

Mr Eric Hawthron, Country Director of the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development, (DFID) who signed the agreement on behalf of his country, explained that £10 million out of the total grant will be directed to the GIFMIS while the remaining two million Pounds will be used to support technical assistance for specialized consultancy services when necessary.

He stressed that the GIFMIS would help the country improve service delivery and the allocation of resources by using new tools and processes as well as ensuring best practices.

Mr Hawthron also announced UKaid’s intention to provide additional £1.863m to the Project and Financial Analysis unit of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning to ensure that value-for-money considerations were taken into account in major public investments.

The Project and Financial Analysis Unit was created in 2007, funded on a pilot basis by the UKaid, and has now been mandated to take on responsibility for policy on Public-Private partnership as well as reviewing proposals.

Dr Kwabena Duffuor, Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, who signed the agreement on Ghana’s behalf, said under the GIFMIS project, the government would publish standard annual financial reports and strengthen internal controls and auditing capabilities.

The GIFMIS, he said, would also enhance annual budget preparation, modernize revenue collection processes, empower local government units, modernize electronic data transmission, storage and disaster recovery systems, among others.

via UK supports Ghana’s Financial Management System with £12m.

Plans laid for West African Internet Governance Forum

The Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa (FOSSFA), the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and other partners, with support from the Open Society Institute of West Africa (OSIWA) is launching the West Africa Internet Governance Forum. It aims are:

  1. To facilitate Internet policy discussions on a multi-stakeholder platform for issues relating to the development and the governance of the Internet in West Africa.
  2. To increase awareness of Internet governance issues in West Africa
  3. To facilitate the participation of a broad range of West African stakeholders in the IGF process.
  4. To create an opportunity for West Africans to engage in/contribute towards discussions regarding spam, Internet and Security, and other IGF related issues at the global Internet Governance Forum.
  5. To create a systematic, bottom up, national, regional and global policy dialogue process in West Africa.

via FOSSFA on 27 May 2020

e-Extension officers for Ghana districts

Dr Kwame Amezah, the National Director of Extension of the Ministry Of Food and Agriculture, has said the sector would introduce Electronic (e) Extension Services by April. The e-extension service, which the World Bank will support, would be piloted in 50 districts.

Dr Amezah said this at the opening of a two-day Agricultural Extension Performance Review Workshop for 25 District Extension officers in the Western Region at Apowa on Tuesday. He said the e-extension would promote knowledge in the dissemination of information, store data and update information in the sector through the use of mobile phones. He said it was important for extension officers to update themselves on commodities and practices that are common in the area where they operate. “You have to move away from face to face interaction for farmers to group and community campaigns that would help the sector to grow”, he said.

via Ghana News Agency, 20 Jan 2010

DNA and fingerprint databases for Ghanaian police

Ghanaian Vice President, John Mahama has hinted in an address to Police Chiefs meeting in Accra that plans are far advanced for the establishment of West Africa’s first Forensic Laboratory. “The construction of the forensic laboratory is going to take place and the police service will probably become the first in West Africa to begin DNA testing and to establish a DNA database in order that you can use that as a reference for your criminal policing and detection,” he said. He also said they intend to create a finger print database so that the Police will have database of known criminals so that they will be able to compare using modern technology rather than the current magnifying glass.

via Aglanu Dela Ernest at Myjoyonline.com, 22 Jan 2010

Ghana extends urban land MIS to improve revenue collection

The Ghanaian Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development is embarking on a street naming and house numbering exercise, part of the  Urban Management Land Information System, to ensure that  revenue collecting agencies can efficiently collect land rents and other fees. The absence of an effective revenue collection system is reducing the capacity of district and municpal assemblies to develop and provide services to the citizens.

via  Ghana Business News, 22 Jan 2010

Ghana prepares database of geoscientists and mining professionals

As part of the World Bank funded Natural Resources and Environmental Governance (NREG) Programme the Minerals Commission of Ghana is developing a Database of Ghanaian Professionals to assist the development of Government policy regarding employment of Ghanaians in the mining sector. It is calling on all Ghanaian Geoscientists in Ghana and in the Diaspora (i.e Geologists, Geological, Mining, Mineral Processing and Geomatic Engineers; Earth Scientists; Geographic Information System (GIS) Experts, etc.) to submit their details to the commission by the end of January.

via University of Mines and Technology

Ghana to introduce examinable ICT in senior high schools

To ensure that students at all Ghanaian senior high schools are equipped with the requisite skills for further academic work and the job market, ICT will soon be introduced as an elective subject in senior high and technical schools, hopefully by 2011. Students will take the ICT course for two years.

However the challenges of  preparing  infrastructure such as computer labs and the capacity of teachers to handle the subject effectively still have to be addressed. As one of the steps to deal with the problems  Minister of Education, Mr. Tettey Enyo, said his ministry is collaborating with the Ministry of Communications to provide the requisite facilities to enable schools to prepare and present candidates for examinations in ICT. The 38 colleges of education throughout the country will also benefit from special ICT equipment and internet connectivity with funds from the Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC).

via Gifty Mensah at Public Agenda on allAfrica.com, 11 Jan 2010

Ghana’s national identity system on course

The Head of Public Affairs at the National Identification Authority (NIA), Bertha Dzeble, has assured Ghanaians that the Authority will soon establish offices in all ten regions of the country to register all those who in one way or the other, failed to be captured in the on-going registration exercise. “We will establish our district offices and people can, on a daily basis, just like the Birth and Death Registry, go and get registered. So it is not as if, maybe, if you don’t participate now, you are denied registration forever,” she stated.

According to her, the exercise currently going on in the Greater Accra Region has witnessed long queues and delays, leading some people to apportion blame at the doorstep of the NIA, whereas it is not. “There is only a certain number of people we can register a day with the machine, and we cannot exceed it. Also it takes quite some time for people who are filling the forms to get the correct information. We don’t rush them. It is actually delaying the process and creating some difficulty for us, so it takes a long time to process one person at a centre,” she stated.

Madam Dzeble said that after the creation of the national database, “many institutions both government and private, will be using it for the authentication and verification of personal data, and also use it to formulate data for this country to run effectively and develop faster than we have it in the past.”

via The Ghanaian Journal, 9 Dec 2009

Ghana 2010: Infrastructure and policing

Ghana’s Finance Minister Kwabena Duffuor delivered his 2010 budget last week with modest plans for ICT development.

The national fibre optic backbone will be extended to the northern parts of the country and all district capitals will be linked to high speed broadband. A criminal intelligence database will be developed.

And:

“A business and performance based framework, known as the Enterprise Architecture, to support cross-agency collaboration and transformation of government-wide network and other public sector improvement in pursuit of a vibrant egovernment service delivery.”

Can anybody figure out what this could possibly mean?

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