The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank approved, Wednesday in Abidjan, the granting of a loan of 20 million euros to Cabo Verde to finance the Program of electronic governance and modernization of the public administration.
The Bank’s financing is the first phase of a programmatic budget support operation covering the financial years 2021 and 2022, with an overall indicative financing of 40 million euros. It aims to improve digital efficiency for better delivery of public services, modernization of administration, transparency and increased private sector investment.
“Investing in e-governance is not only a way to better serve citizens in a context of social distancing, but it is also crucial in order to stimulate the ICT sector and promote the diversification of the economy, while supporting post-Covid recovery efforts, ”said Marie-Laure Akin-Olugbade, African Development Bank Managing Director for West Africa.
Cabo verde seeks to increase the quality and efficiency of internal public administration operations, in particular by providing better and more diverse public services to businesses and other users. For citizens, the strengthening of electronic governance should improve access to public services through the establishment of a single administrative window offering data, connectivity and secure transactions.
There is great potential for e-governance to improve transparency and reduce corruption, especially when it adopts open data approaches or e-participation features.
The confinements and social distancing measures due to Covid-19 in 2020 have accelerated the need to continue the digitization of the administration and in particular, to expand the offer of administrative services in Cabo Verde.
The restrictive measures have highlighted the working conditions of civil servants and the need to better structure the public service to instill more equity – with an emphasis on gender equality – and motivation.
As for the cyber economy, lockdowns have given importance to digital transactions and identification so that companies can maintain and / or grow their businesses. They have also paved the way for the development of an ICT sector capable of producing digital products and services capable of improving productivity and competitiveness.
Digitization is an essential avenue for improving competitiveness and the development of the Cape Verdean private sector. For businesses, a more efficient support ecosystem would reduce transaction costs and promote competitiveness. This ecosystem is important for those who operate on several islands, because the geography of the archipelago (nine inhabited islands) is a major constraint to business growth. Digitization would also promote potential development of the ICT sector in the areas of outsourcing, support operations and software development. It would facilitate, among other things, the registration of new companies, the declaration of the corporation tax, the application for public licenses, the processes of appeals of
Finally, the prospect of a medium-term economic recovery is also based on the need to diversify the economy of the country dependent on tourism, by investing in the growth potential of the ICT sector, as targeted by the national development strategy of the country. government.
This program is part of the Bank’s efforts to help Cabo Verde “build back better” in the post-Covid-19 era and ensure sustainable growth.
The Electronic Governance and Modernization of Public Administration Program – Phase I (E-PAMP-I) is intended for the entire Cape Verdean population , in particular by improving the accessibility of public administration through streamlined and streamlined processes, and through increased transparency stemming from open data policies and practices.
More specifically, the operation targets Cabo Verde civil servants, who will benefit from updated and more equitable management (recruitment, promotion) and compensation processes, thanks to the unified salary framework. Efforts to rationalize gender equality in public administration will benefit female civil servants. The operation will have positive effects on businesses thanks to the modernization of state services.
The operation is aligned with the “High-5” priority, which consists of “improving the quality of life” of citizens through the “governance and accountability” pillar of the Bank’s Ten-Year Strategy.
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