Telecommunications, Mrs Libom Li Likeng. This second workshop was jointly organised by MINPOSTEL and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) in Cameroon. Today’s workshop focused on the discussion and confirmation of the vision and the development strategy of an e-gov master plan in Cameroon whose project agreement was signed in August 2015 by the Cameroon Government and that of the Republic of Korea. At the end of this agreement, the Korean Party shall grant a subsidy of two million US dollars in Cameroon over the period of 2015-2017. The implementation of the project started since 2016, under the stewardship of the Dae Young Ubitech Co.Ltd. firm.
Beside sharing with participants the implementation vision and strategy of the e-gov project in Cameroon, the workshop also focused on presenting the final strategic guidance of five sectors of the e-gov project and sharing with participants, all the initiatives carried out to ensure a consensus on e-government strategies in Cameroon.
Control of the consumption of telecommunications resources in public administrations,
Following the reorganisation of the telecommunication sector in Cameroon by Law No.98/014 of 14 July 1998, three major stakeholders clearly stand out in this sector, namely:
- The administration in charge of telecommunication that carries out the definition, development, implementation of the sectorial policy and the general supervision of the sector;
- The Telecommunications Regulatory Board (TRB), which is in charge of regulating, controlling and monitoring the activities of operators of the sector;
- The operators who are concerned with the deployment and operation of networks in compliance with the regulation in force.
Before this reorganisation, the telecommunication sector was managed by the former Technical Department of the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications. In this context, the consumption of telecommunication resources were borne by the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (that is the State). The issue of payment of consumption bills was therefore easy to solve between the public administrations.
The liberalisation environment, derived from the reorganisation sector, brought in fully private operators who issue increasing high telephone consumption bills to the various administrations. At times, these bills bear no relation with the actual user’s activity level.
The administrations are therefore faced with a situation where consumptions are difficult to control.
With respect to this situation, the President of the Republic signed on 1st November 2005, Decree No.2005/441 to lay down conditions for installing and consuming for telecommunication means in public services.
This Decree also lays down the procedures to cover the consumption of telecommunication resources at the homes of some officials and establishes an inter-ministerial committee in charge of controlling the consumptions of telecommunication means in public administrations.
It should be noted that the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications has undertaken a series of actions within the framework of the control of the consumption of telecommunication resources in public services.
1) Installation of a Private Automatic Branch eXchange
The MINPOSTEL has set up new Private Automatic Branch eXchanges. A PABX is a system (mini telephone exchange) that allows the transmission and management of internal communications of a structure (administration, enterprise, etc.) on the one hand and communications toward the public network on the other hand.
The installation of this PABX aims at establishing one of the nodes of the inter-ministerial telecommunication network on the one hand and reaching in the shortest possible time, the objective of controlling the consumption of telecommunication resources in public services.
In this light, it is equipped with a taxation system that enables the management of the quotas of the different telephone lines and their automatic suspension in the event they are exceeded. This system also helps to process and transmit high flow of information in a multimedia environment in which voice; data and images services are processed and transmitted simultaneously.
Moreover, the concerned structure can easy be integrated in homogeneous or heterogeneous networks in order to control consumption from a centralised management.
2) Establishment of an Intranet
Within the framework of the possible establishment of the government Intranet, the MINPOSTEL has set up an Intranet that is connected to the CAMTEL public network by an optical fibre link of 2 Mbps. This Intranet is made up of 8 switches of 24 ports and a switch of 26 ports amongst which 2 are gigabyte ports. More than 100 workstations are connected to this network.
In its technical support mission to administrations concerning telecommunications and ICT’s, MINPOSTEL intends to promote the establishment of similar systems and networks in other administrations.
The interconnection of these networks will constitute the inter-ministerial telecommunication network whose purpose is to provide public administration with an infrastructure that provides voice, data and images services.
The Inter-ministerial network will ease the task of the inter-ministerial committee in charge of controlling the consumption of telecommunication resources in public administrations.