Botswana is on track to drive the development of ICT and ICT-related policies and standards, said the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Transport and Communications, Elias Magosi. Magosi was speaking on Wednesday during the presentation of one of the deliverable from one of the projects from his ministry, which is the development of Botswana e-Government Service Oriented Enterprise Architecture and Interoperability Framework. According to Magosi, the project was initiated in January 2016, with the objective of developing sets of standards, guidelines and artifacts that will be used to inform development of ICT systems in government. “Enterprise architecture is globally recognised as a platform to achieve the connected government we seek through our e-government strategy. A resultant being well-informed a blue print of government systems,” said Magosi. The project was started at the Ministries of Investment, Trade and Industry (MITI), Ministry of Agricultural Development and Food Security and Ministry of Transport and Communication. Magosi said the report he has received is that the project received tremendous support from all the ministries at which it was started. The project, which is being prepared by a Korean company known as Korea IT Consulting J.V, is done at a cost of P89 million and it is believed that it will ease the way things are done at government ministries.
Two leadership training sessions have apparently been conducted in South Korea where the leadership of the ministries was given an opportunity to interact with the ministries in South Korea on how enterprise architecture can be used to improve service delivery through better development of ICT systems. Magosi said his ministry coordinates the activities of ensuring the enterprise architecture for the three ministries is translated into tangible coordinated systems that will improve the lives of the citizenry. “We will also continue to advance the project to the next batch of ministries until we cover the entire Government,” he said. Magosi said headways have already made been made in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, Ministry of Youth Empowerment, Sports, and Culture Development (MYSC), Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD) and Ministry of Nationality, Immigration and Gender Affairs (MNIG) as clients for the 1st Expansion phase. The project consists of five phases and planning and foundation phases have just been completed while 1st expansion phase has just commenced.