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RWANDANS LOOKING TO SET UP E-PARLIAMENT TO GIVE CITIZENS ACCESS

Rwanda is searching for solutions to come up with an e-parliament, which will enable legislators to communicate not only among themselves, but also with their constituencies electronically, said the minister for energy and telecommunications, Albert Butare. At a national level the country is striving to create an e-government where ICT is central, writes Esther Nakkazi. "We are looking at making use of IT in our everyday activities now considering e-government where government communication will be electronically as much as possible," said Butare.

The government has already implemented e-cabinet meetings, where meetings are electronically conducted, each minister seated on their computer and thereafter all information generated is sent online. Rwandan officials said all ministries are connected to the fibre optic cable except three and Teracom is in the final stages of connecting them. By this month all ministries would be connected to the fiber optic they said and the government would have structures in every ministry with an ICT department headed by a director.

"We shall move to interministerial communication. No more use of bulk paper moving from ministry to ministry, or province to province. This is going to be entirely electronic communication," said Butare. The Rwandan government has a National Information Technological Infrastructure (NITI) plan addressing ICT related activities within the country in all government sectors. It is now five years old and addressing roll out of infrastructure. The programme ending this year is entering into NITI part 2 with a target to have all ministries make a quarterly report to the cabinet.

Butare said the reports have to have all IT related activities within the ministries and would go down to provinces and districts or wherever IT activities take place. "These quarterly reports will be discussed by parliament and the deliberations will go into an annual meeting chaired by the president".

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