Welcome to Govtech 2016
THEME: “How Technology Improves Service Delivery for Citizen Empowerment”
In 2016, the government technology conference will continue with the theme of development and growth, going back to the basics to look at issues of research and the resultant innovations as seen through the impact of technology in general to promote better planning, excellent service delivery, sustainable development and growing inclusive economies, and how this was having an immediate recognizable impact on the lives of the citizens.Following on the themes of the role of technology in development, GovTech in 2016 will explore the theme simply titled: “How Technology Improves Service Delivery for Citizen Empowerment”
This is a clarion call to the public and private sectors to continue accelerating the pace of investments in research in order to develop the technologies that will enhance governance, improve service delivery while creating jobs and other business opportunities, for inclusive growth. Of essence, these technologies must facilitate citizen access to a better life.
Through the theme, the Conference calls on the role players to continue to invest in innovation through research to bring about technologies that will positively affect planning, promote access to economic opportunities while enco uraging inclusive growth epitomized by citizen empowerment.
Taking inspiration from firstly the Millennium Development Goals on poverty alleviation and then recently the Sustainable Development Goals particularly article 9 which urges that “the more we invest in innovation and infrastructure, the better off we shall all be. Bridging the digital divide, promoting sustainable industries, and investing in scientific research and innovation are all important ways to facilitate sustainable development” – the theme is in response to the growing calls for governments of the world to harness science and technology in improving research and development to address the extreme poverty and ensure basic human rights in health, education, shelter and security among others.
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