Mozambique III

I am running two days behind due to the digital divide at work, i.e., lack of easy and speedy access to the Internet.

Tuesday was basically spent in two long sessions. In the morning, the mission along with the Policy Commission and UNDP sat down to hammer out the final agenda details. In the end, the issue of e-accounting vs civil registration was solved. First, the mission agreed to consider civil registration and make recommendations at the end of the week of an additional mission to consider the app in more detail and with adequate expertise. Secondly, the e-accounting will build on existing efforts such as SISTAFE and try to integrate if possible.

The afternoon saw the first public meeting discussing the govnet proposal. Unfortunately, few mozambican counterparts showed up and the

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Mozambique II

A series of interesting meetings on Monday with the government counterpart and the Italian delegation. There has been live discussions as to which of the e-gov priorities presented on the ICT Policy Implementation Strategy should be supported. The Italians have apparently disregarded the requests by GoM and come up with a 3rd priority (e-accounting) in addition to GovNet and the land registration system. GoM wanted support for the Civil Registration system, the issue being that the Sweedes are already supporting a rather large e-accounting programme.

In the bi-lateral meetings with the Italians, it became clear to UNDP that they do not have the resources to fully support the implementation of any of the above priorities. The role of the UNDESA TF is just to fund feasiblity of e-gov and

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Mozambique I

I arrived after almost 24 hours of travel. All well but I was told today (yes, it is Monday morning here) is a holiday and although UNDP is open for business the Gov is not. The DESA mission starts tomorrow but there is no agenda yet. We will work on that today, that is for sure. BTW, the weather is wonderful.