The government of Mozambique will build a "Government Electronic Network (GovNet)" under an agreement signed by Lidia Brito, minister of higher education, science and technology of Mozambique; Lucio Stanca, minister for innovation and technologies of Italy; and Alan Rossi, CEO of the Development Gateway Foundation. José Antonio Ocampo, under-secretary general of the United Nations, department of economic and social affairs (UN/DESA), was also present at the signing ceremony, representing the organization that formulated the project and signifying UN/DESA's continuing cooperation with the government of Italy in the area of egovernment for development.
GovNet is intended to allow the government of Mozambique to implement new egovernment systems that improve its internal operations and better connect with its citizens. The first stage of GovNet will include a secure intranet for internal communications and a set of Web portals to improve quality and coverage of public services delivery and increase participation in government decision-making processes. The first stage will involve 21 government departments in Maputo, including some 800 workstations, new process management guidelines, training, and the identification of steps for expanding GovNet to new ministries and out to the municipalities.
The assessment and formulation of GovNet was conducted by the UN/DESA, in collaboration with the Governments of Mozambique and Italy. The three partners in the execution of the first stage of GovNet, the government of Mozambique, the government of Italy, and the Development Gateway Foundation, are launching the project during the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS).