[kictanet] Public Sector Roles (activities, motives & challenges) Day 8 of 10
bitange at jambo.co.ke
bitange at jambo.co.ke
Wed May 28 14:29:48 EAT 2008
Perhaps you can help here because most ordianary civil servants wrongly
think that ICTs would replace them. This is where we have greatest
resistance to ICTs. There have been numerous training programmes for all
cadres in the civil service but until everybody accepts that ICTs are
enablers, we shall continue to see sabotage from within. We should learn
from Ugandans how they quickly implemented their Intergarted Financial
Management Information System. It has taken us more than eight years and
still we cannot claim to havinfg implemented the system. Majority of the
users only see the negative side.
We require significant social transformation in order to achieve some of
these initiatives. A little of benevolent dictatorship may come in handy.
The Malaysians and Singaporeans did it and it worked. A democratic
approach will not take us anywhere. We cannot do anything logical in
terms of procurement of ICT products after implementing a flawed law.
> Thanx to Barrack and Ndemo for your comments on Civil
> Society and Public sector. We still have one more day on
> the Public Sector role.
> My take is thatI think the Govt has kicked off in the right
> direction with regard to initiatives for ICT4D. However,
> my feeling is that most of these have remained at a fairly
> high-level. Am not quite sure that the vision and urgency
> experienced at the top is shared at the bottom ranks of the
> Public Service.
> More specifically, I am not quite sure that the odinary
> public servants have the right disposition to embrace ICTs.
> Finally, I doubt if there are sufficient, if any
> incentives to socialise the wider public service (teachers,
> nurses, police, chiefs and others) into the information
> age. It looks we do have the right strategies but lack an
> 'implementation strategy' i.e. we know what needs to be
> done but maybe shallow on how it would be done....i stand
> to be corrected.
> --- Barrack Otieno <otieno.barrack at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Members Commisioning of the e-government Secretariat,
>> formation of the ICT
>> board and liberization of the ICT sector have all been
>> initiatives, however we need to strengthen Public private
>> collaborations if we are to realise more gain, key areas
>> that we may focus
>> on are Entrepreneurship training so that we may tap into
>> the benefits of new
>> technologies before they are obsolete, we must stop
>> experimenting with
>> technology and do business using technology, this brings
>> in another aspect
>> POLICY, there is likely to be a paradigm shift in the
>> way businesses are
>> run if we are to fully embrace technology as a matter of
>> fact some
>> businesses might totally disappear as a result of
>> technology whereas new
>> ones will emerge, the problem is that there are lots of
>> boardroom games that
>> stand in the way of enactment of some of this policies
>> which must be dealt
>> with may be we need some online mass action, the future
>> looks bright but it
>> is important to coordinate all ict4d initiatives whether
>> fronted by
>> Government, private or public sector
>> On 5/27/08, John Walubengo <jwalu at yahoo.com> wrote:
>> > Morning all,
>> > Today we wish to turn our attention to what the Public
>> > (Govt) is doing with regard to ICT4Ds.
>> > >From my observation, there has been quite some impetus
>> > the last 5years or so on this regard. What comes to
>> > in no particular order, is the commissioning of the
>> > Secretariate and the ICT Board, the liberalization of
>> > sector through the Kenya Comm Act 1999, the gazettement
>> > the the National ICT Policy, the Privatisation of the
>> > national Telco Provider and the initiation of the
>> > submarine project.
>> > It would be nice for members to share their opinion on
>> > activities and challenges surrounding the above and
>> > government initiatives.
>> > The floor is open, we have only today Tue May 27th and
>> > tomorrow on this.
>> > walu.
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