The government of South Sudan has announced the introduction of e-government services as part of its drive to tackle graft and ensure efficiency, according to reports.
The initiative is in the form of a partnership between the Ministry of Information, Communication, Technology and Postal Services and Crawford Capital. The rationale behind the e-government services is to strike a balance between economic objectives and health exigencies amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which is changing the way governments operate.
Under the new partnership, citizens will be able to access services for the acquisition of e-passports, e-visas, and other immigration documents by way of e-government portals.
“The move will reduce red tape, eliminate corruption, enhance transparency, provide safe and convenient delivery of services to the people, and encourage citizen feedback and participation.” This is according to Bona Nyang Madut, head of the e-government unit in South Sudan.
According to the official, these services will minimise, if not stamp out, bureaucratic red tape and corruption, while improving transparency in government. The current global COVID-19 pandemic has adversely affected all aspects of life in South Sudan, not least the economy and governance.