K1.2 bil­lion saved through e-voucher sys­tem

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SEC­RE­TARY to the Cabi­net, Row­land Msiska, says Gov­ern­ment saved K1. 2 bil­lion through the e-voucher sys­tem dur­ing the 2017/2018 farm­ing sea­son. Speak­ing at the on-go­ing Cen­tral Prov­ince In­vest­ment Fo­rum and Expo on the side­lines of the pub­lic ser­vice re­forms in­vest­ment pro­mo­tion, Mr Msiska said one of the rea­sons gov­ern­ment has de­cided to go dig­i­tal is to erad­i­cate cor­rup­tion, in the farmer sup­port pro­grammes. He said a good ex­am­ple is the e-voucher pro­pelled 2017/2018 farm­ing sea­son where gov­ern­ment saved K1. 2 bil­lion be­cause the sys­tem is ca­pa­ble of iden­ti­fy­ing both qual­i­fied and un­qual­i­fied ben­e­fi­cia­ries for the pro­gramme. He ob­served that most peo­ple do not re­alise how ef­fec­tive In­for­ma­tion Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Tech­nol­ogy (ICT’s) can be in curb­ing cor­rupt prac­tices. “You can see that be­cause we are us­ing the e-voucher, the sys­tem is com­pelled to iden­tify mem­bers who would want to get inputs, but are not el­i­gi­ble. In­evitably us­ing that sys­tem en­ables us to ac­tu­ally re­duce cor­rup­tion in that par­tic­u­lar field,” he stated. He how­ever said the un­der­lin­ing fac­tor for the smart na­tion is dig­i­tal­is­ing of var­i­ous ser­vices to achieve a re­duced cost of do­ing busi­ness. He said it was for this rea­son that Pres­i­dent Edgar Lungu has set up the Smart Zam­bia In­sti­tute to sig­nify the Smart Na­tion con­cept. Mr Msiska also dis­closed that Gov­ern­ment aims at lit­er­ally cov­er­ing the whole coun­try with voice and data ser­vices. He added that with the erec­tion of the 1, 009 towers coun­try­wide be­ing put up, 95 per­cent have been com­pleted, in the last three years. “Es­sen­tially, when you look at the con­cept of smart econ­omy, smart com­merce and smart bank­ing ser­vices among oth­ers, the un­der­lin­ing theme is, ‘dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion’, which is the sim­pli­fi­ca­tion of pro­cesses,” Dr Msiska said. Dr Msiska also said Zam­bia has one of the best visa on­line in the world where any­one any­where on the globe can ac­cess the visa. And Dr Msiska noted that the gov­ern­ment is up­grad­ing the man­age­ment of the hu­man re­source, in the way they are man­aged by the pri­vate sec­tor. He said one of the chal­lenges re­alised in the past was that if an of­fi­cer com­mits an of­fence else­where, the case will be tried by the Pub­lic Ser­vice Man­age­ment Divi­sion (PSMD). The Cen­tral Prov­ince In­vest­ment Fo­rum and Expo is be­ing held un­der the theme, ‘Ac­cel­er­at­ing In­vest­ment for In­clu­sive and Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment’.

Es­sen­tially when you look at the con­cept of smart econ­omy, smart com­merce and smart bank­ing ser­vices among oth­ers, the un­der­lin­ing theme is, ¶dig­i­tali]ation’, which is the sim­pli­fi­ca­tion of pro­cesses. — Dr Msiska.

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