Togo trains staff to manage e-government network
| Feb. 1, 2015, 6:26 p.m.
By Issa Sikiti da Silva
Togo wants to resuscitate – or relaunch – its e-government services, and is therefore looking for highly skilled staff to manage this sector.
An intense training workshop, which is currently taking place in the capital Lomé and will last for eight weeks is being attended by technicians, engineers and other ICT professionals under the government’s patronage.
Those who will do well will be sponsored to continue their training overseas, the government said, without elaborating on the name of the country or putting a price tag on the project.
Post and digital economy minister Cina Lawson, who reiterated that the government was determined to put Togo at the forefront of high-speed internet, said the country’s public services needed to be improved through a successful and well performing e-government platform.
“That’s my main focus,” US-educated Lawson said.
The training consists of building capacity to help ICT engineers and technicians acquire all the knowledge they need to manage broadband network infrastructure with the aim of enabling the country’s e-government to perform well and produce the desired results.
Speaking at the opening session of the training workshop, Lawson said Togo’s ICT sector was like a work in progress.
“We did not want to wait for problems to arise in the management of infrastructure and equipment before we could seek solutions. That’s why we chose to be proactive,” she said, adding that the government wants to reposition Togo’s ICT sector in the sub-region and Africa.