The University of Dar es Salaam Computing Centre (UCC) yesterday launched a two-year project on capacity building on the effective use and management of information and communication technology in the public sector. The Sh500 million (US$ 370,000) project will see at least 240 workers in the public sector receive ICT training.
Office of the President (Public Management) permanent secretary George Yambesi said when launching the project that the programme aimed to improve information management among public servants. He said that there was a need for appropriate capacity in ICT management and technical skills in some areas to efficiently support government initiatives.
“Today we are witnessing the beginning of the two-year capacity building project that takes a step further to mainly focus on ICT management competencies and higher technical skills. Public sector officers must use this opportunity effectively,”Mr Yambesi said. He said the basic aim of the project was to improve the efficiency and effectiveness in public service delivery, which would result in increased customer satisfaction and improved performance and economic growth.
Mr Yambesi said the government was employing ICT in various processes such as payroll preparation, human resources management and integrated financial management. The UCC managing director, Prof Beda Mutagahywa, said the UCC, which started as a unit within the university in 1980, had developed a long-term relationship with the public sector in a number of ICT initiatives for social economic development. The project was a milestone in strengthening ICT among public sectors and promoting social and economic development, he said.