As the craving for the decentralisation of public services in Cameroon intensify, government institutions are working relentlessly to fast track the process. ANTIC –Cameroon’s ICT development promotion Agency has elected to train Mayors of Municipal Councils on how ICTs could be integrated in daily council operations in a bid to accelerate the decentralisation process, streamline effective and efficient public service delivery as well as augment council revenue.
A four-day training – the maiden edition in this regard is underway for Mayors of the West in Bafoussam, 03-07 August 2020.
This workshop is part of ANTIC's contribution to the decentralization process put in place by the government and shall be progressively organized in all ten Regions of the country with the support of the Ministry of Decentralization and Local Development, the Special Council Support Fund For Mutual Assistance (FEICOM) and the National Civil Status Registration Office (BUNEC).
Speaking at the workshop opening, 04 August 2020, ANTIC’s Director General, Prof. Ebot Ebot Enaw, underscored that the “key idea behind the workshop is to help bridge the digital and technological gap between local councils and central government services, by equipping mayors with 21st century skills needed to leverage the transformational potential of existing and emerging technologies for the benefit of their communities through wealth creation, job creation and poverty alleviation.”
Given that ICTs are used to optimise processes in a bid to boost performance and productivity, the Director General noted that the workshop would contribute in fast tracking the decentralization process put in place by government.
Participants at the workshop are being edified on the following sub themes:
- Development of secure information systems;
- Management of ICT projects and change management;
- Identification of ICT needs in municipalities;
- Importance of a digitised Civil Status;
- Funding of ICT projects.