Mwinyi launches digital government strategy

PRESIDENT Hussein Ali Mwinyi during the weekend launched Zanzibar Digital Government Strategy (ZDGS), with a call on executives in the government to ensure the system is fully adopted.

Addressing event attendees at the Golden Tulip Hotel – Airport in the Isles, Dr Mwinyi said that the ongoing digitalisation efforts in the government aim at increasing efficiency in serving people and minimising financial indiscipline.

“On 26th June this year when celebrating our Public Service Day, we also launched Human Resources and Payroll System (HR and Payroll), E-Office and Online Employment System (ZanAjira). All these systems focus on improving efficiency in service delivery,” Dr Mwinyi said.

He thanked ministries under his office- Ministry of State (Constitution, Legal Affairs, Public Service and Good Governance) and the Ministry of State (Finance and Planning) in collaboration with the E-Government Agency for organising the timely event.

Dr Mwinyi said that the implementation of the digital reforms shows the government’s commitment in ensuring people, with the use of Information Communication Technology (ICT), are best served in the Islands along with developing the economy and simplifying the lives of citizens.

He urged all key players, including leaders at all levels of government administration, E-Govt Agency, respective ministries, and development partners to collaborate through the Public Finance Management Reform Programme (PFMRP) to realise the digitalisation goal.

The President said ZDGS, known in Kiswahili as ‘Mfumo wa Bajeti na Matumizi Serikalini (BAMAS,) has been crafted by various respective institutions in the Zanzibar government with support from the Union government and development partners.

“We thank the Union government’s ministries in charge of Finance, and   Regional Administrations and Local Governments, E-government, Bank of Tanzania (BoT) and development partners, including USAID, for cooperation in ensuring the system is implemented,” Dr Mwinyi said.

Minister of State in the President’s Office (Constitution, Legal Affairs, Public Service and Good Governance), Mr Haroun Ali Suleiman and the Minister of State in the President’s Office (Finance and Planning) Dr Saada Mkuya Salum promised before the President that they will ensure the new system is implemented.

Working under the theme of digitisation ‘Our Destiny Is in Our Hands,’   the government is ready for the digital transformation because it will strengthen the tax collection, control the use of public funds, prevent corruption and embezzlement of public funds, and improve the security.

Mr Said Seif Said, Director of E-Government Agency, informed executives in the government that it is their responsibility to ensure the digital systems are fully utilised and people are educated about the changes as the government is investing a lot in IT.

He also emphasised about building and strengthening IT infrastructure, laws, policies, guidelines for better management and implementation of the Zanzibar Digital Government Strategy- 2023/2027.

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