Government poised to reverse high failure rate of ICT projects in Cameroon
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16 August 2017
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The ICT sector in Cameroon has been identified by government as one of the key pillars in propelling the nation to an emerging economy by the 2035 threshold. But the "high failure rate in the execution" of ICT projects initiated by various public institutions in the country signals an inconsistency in the impetus needed  from this sector to streamline public service delivery, trigger growth, wealth and job creation.

According to a survey conducted by ANTIC in 2016 to evaluate the execution rate of ICT related projects in government ministries, "over 75 percent of ICT projects initiated during the last five years failed."

 

This "high failure rate in the execution" of these projects has been blamed on "inadequate expertise and non-compliance with international standards and best practices,"  ANTIC's Director General, Dr. Ebot Ebot Enaw, elucidated, 03 July, 2017, in a keynote address at the opening ceremony of a five-day workshop to train state personnel on the effective management of ICT projects.

Organised by ANTIC- the agency charged with promoting and monitoring government's actions with regard to ICTs, the workshop which ran through Friday July 07, 2017 in Yaounde, sought to reverse  this disturbing trend by providing state ICT staff  "with the right skill set, required to effectively and efficiently manage ICT projects" Dr. Ebot underlined.

The workshop, run by trainers of Global Link Development Consulting was based on international norms which provide tools and techniques for the effective and efficient management of projects throughout their life cycle notably: initiation, planning, execution, monitoring and evaluation and closing.

Some 120 ICT staff drawn from government ministries and agencies attended the workshop.

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