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E-Government Sudan Project Yields $1 Bln in Six Months | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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Apple computers are seen on the opening day of Paris Apple Expo 2005 September 20, 2005. The event will run from September 20 to 24 at Porte de Versailles’ exhibition hall in southern Paris. REUTERS/Charles Platiau CP/KS

Khartoum- Sudan’s Communications and Information Technology Commission (CTC) announced an approximately one billion dollars in government fees being collected through e-platforms over the past six months.

The digital government initiative was recently launched in the North African state.

The ministry also announced completing a communication network that is expected to host about 1,000 e-services. All of which will be launched by the end of next year.

Communications and Information Technology Minister Tahani Abdullah told Asharq Al-Awsat that the e-Government project in Sudan has been on track with dozens of ministries, government departments and the private sector being gradually computerized.

Public services have seen a substantial upgrade, with processing being made easier via integrated technology.

The minister pointed out that the e-government has processed large amounts in government fees in its first year—funds collected by the system have been estimated to be about one billion dollars.

A quarter million Sudanese students and citizens were able to gain access and benefit from Public electronic services for universities, in a statistic confirming that all electronic operations are going smoothly.

More so, the ministry called on all concerned partners “in the government and the private sector to work together and unite efforts to overcome challenges facing the e-government project.

Digitalizing public services is expected to achieve justice and transparency in government transactions and justify government expenditure.

Minister Abdullah announced that the ministry has launched procedures to secure government electronic transactions, complete the rehabilitation of infrastructure and legislation, develop and operate the systems and initiate computerized services, expand services in the national network and introduce fourth generation services. All of which are complementary measures contributing to the e-government system transparently at all stages.

According to the Director-General of the National Information Center and the Director of the e-government project in Sudan, Eng. Mohammed Abdul Rahim Yassin, the initiative has achieved significant economic returns over the past six months.

He pointed out to Asharq Al-Awsat that last year witnessed the distribution of over 9,000 computers to state institutions.