Technology

Liberia’s E-Government Initiatives

In my last article on e-government, I defined and discussed e-government and the stages involved in achieving it, according to the studies by the United Nations, The World Bank, Gartner Group, et al. I also referenced Liberia’s ranking in the 2014 UN E-government Survey based on what is considered the country’s de facto national website: e-Mansion.Gov.Lr. I then went on to list the benefits of e-government as well as its advantages and disadvantages.

E-Government?

What if you could pay your taxes ONLINE and not have to stand IN LINE at the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA)? What if you could apply for driver’s license ONLINE and not have to stand IN LINE at the Ministry of Transport? What if you could apply for a job ONLINE by simply uploading and submitting your CV or resume directly to the hiring entity? What if you could anonymously REPORT CORRUPTION or ABUSE online? And what if you could apply for a work PERMIT or PASSPORT while you are in a different country?

Automate Your Human Resource Management Processes With OrangeHRM Software: It's Free And It's Open Source

A few weeks ago, I wrote an article questioning the purpose of having an IT department when none of your entity’s business processes are automated. I referred to an IT department that doesn’t administer any automated processes or mission-critical applications as a “large Internet Café.” Sometime last week, I met with a friend, who is also a government official. He asked about process automation and pointed out that he would like to start with the personnel department which falls under his purview.

You May “UNKISS” the Bride: Divorce on the Internet?

Last week I wrote about getting married on the Internet (You May Kiss the Bride: Marrying on the Internet?- http://www.liberianobserver.com/content/you-may-kiss-bride-getting-married-internet). That article sparked a debate on Facebook and “earned” me several emails. Most of the respondents agreed that getting married on the Internet is cost effective while others took it to a different level and questioned why it is even illegal.

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