Abdul Mujeeb Mohmand, Director of E-Government of MoCIT - Capacity Building For Results Program

Abdul Mujeeb Mohmand, Director of E-Government of MoCIT

“Afghanistan to become a leading model in E-Government”
Abdul Mujeeb Mohmand, Director of E-Government of MoCIT
“The phenomenal growth in ICT during the past 10 years clearly shows that Afghanistan has the potential to be a leading model of advanced Information and Communications Technology in coming years.”
In recent years, Afghanistan has witnessed unprecedented and phenomenal growth in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) compared to before. Apart from the fast growth in internet and mobile technology services provided by six active telecom companies, there is also a significant increase in use of ICT in government activities. The government of Afghanistan uses ICT to improve efficiency, effectiveness and transparency plus, increase capacity to deliver quality services to the Afghan citizens and increase their participation in governance. 
The Electronic Government (E-Government) Department is a key section of the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology’s (MoCIT's) introducing E-Government systems in Afghan Government institutions and agencies.  Mr. Abdul Mujeeb Mohmand is the Director of E-Government Directorate who holds PhD in Public Administration and a Master’s Degree in Information and Communication Engineering from the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in South Korea, and he was recruited by the Capacity Building for Results (CBR) Program. CBR assists line ministries to recruit qualified and innovative managers to lead the improvement of government services. The E-Government Department works under the MoCIT’s vision “Transforming Afghanistan into an Information Society” and brings together technical experts with advanced ICT skills who take a vital part in providing advice and guidance to develop and deploy E-Government in GoIRA agencies and departments.
Mr. Mohmand highlights that in last two years none of the Afghan Government Ministries and other governmental institutions had a proper and secure website, as all line ministries hosted their websites with private companies located in foreign countries. The E-Government Department took the lead in creating a unique feature for all government institutions to make access to  information more convenient, consistent and reliable plus, developed a comprehensive package of services to ministries including training, troubleshooting and hosting their websites. Over 100 government and government linked websites have been designed and hosted by MoCIT. 
E-Government has been instrumental in improving services by introducing the use of ICT in ministerial operations and services. Mr. Mohmand added, “With the implementation of the Electronic ID Project the Ministry of Interior can easily and quickly check an individual’s background and identity, whereas before it had taken a very long time." In recent years, the MoCIT successfully supported 20 schools and universities in Jalalabad, Kunar, and Bamiyan provinces, creating computer labs, and connecting them to the fiber optics network. In addition, training and specially tailored programs were launched to familiarize students with the use of new technology. In the coming year, with the cooperation of the Ministry of Education, E-Government plans to expand its activities and cover more than 200 more schools and universities.   
In addition to the above mentioned achievements, the E-Government Department develops mobile applications for health, finance, and education sectors. Currently 10 applications have been developed and will be launched soon. For example, in the agriculture sector, a mobile phone application would enable farmers to easily know about current market prices and other agriculture topics to improve their income. 
Keeping in mind the importance and value of ICT and specifically E-Government in Afghanistan, Mr. Mohmand is hopeful that through the progress and commitment of the Afghan Government, Afghanistan would soon be a leading model in E-Government. 
CBR supports broad reforms in public administration at national and sub-national levels including: restructuring, recruiting and building the capacity of senior civil servants in required areas so that the government becomes capable of achieving its objectives and targeted results. CBR also serves to consolidate key donor interventions into one project through the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund.  
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