Majority Namibians don't access e-services

09 Jun 2017 15:00pm
WINDHOEK, 09 JUN (NAMPA) – The majority of Namibians are not using e-services platforms due to outdated information and communication technology (ICT) policies, said ICT Minister Tjekero Tweya on Friday.
“More than 50 per cent of Namibians must spend money to get services while you could have reached them where they are, had they been connected,” said Tweya at a meeting in preparation for the fourth National ICT Summit.
He said service providers - private and public - have deliberately locked citizens out with policies that do not use ICT or allow the use of ICT.
Government and private entities use ICT to deliver various electronic services (e-services) such as application and registration forms.
“We do not need physical libraries at schools if there is lack of funds to buy books and other infrastructures, if we can get the same through ICT,” he said.
Tweya emphasised that e-services will promote employment creation, transparency and accountability in relation to the National Development Plan five (NDP5).
“We need the involvement and support of our stakeholders, both in the public and private sectors, to enable socio-economic development.”
The National ICT Summit, set for 09 to 11 October, will focus on strategies to attain a 100 per cent Internet network coverage to drive e-services, such as e-government, e-health, e-education and e-mining.
The summit will also dedicate a day for the youth to exhibit and showcase their talents and innovate ideas.
It is an annual event aimed at bringing stakeholders together to share innovative ideas in bridging the digital gap and making ICT accessible for people to improve their livelihoods.