This initiative is in line with the request for digital solutions from the Rodrigues Regional Assembly following the successful implementation of the E-Parliament System and Members Sitting Application for members of the National Assembly in Mauritius.
Enhancing Government Services Through Digital Transformation: E-Parliament System for the Rodrigues Regional Assembly Officially Launched
August 21, 2023
The E-Parliament System for the Rodrigues Regional Assembly (RRA) was officially launched on 17 August 2023. The launching ceremony was attended by the Speaker of the National Assembly of Mauritius, the Chief Commissioner of Rodrigues, the UNDP Resident Representative for Mauritius and Seychelles, the Chairperson, Commissioners and members of the Rodrigues Regional Assembly, and representatives from the National Assembly of Mauritius.
This initiative is in line with the request for digital solutions from the Rodrigues Regional Assembly following the successful implementation of the E-Parliament System and Members Sitting Application for members of the National Assembly in Mauritius. 30 tablet computers were also handed over to the Rodrigues Regional Assembly during launching ceremony.
Recalling the challenges faced by businesses and government institutions during the Covid-19 pandemic, the Honorable Mr. Sooroojdev Phokeer, Speaker of the National Assembly of Mauritius, highlighted the vital role of digital solutions for effective and efficient functioning of Parliament. The Speaker of the National Assembly added that the project will also “help in fostering Parliamentary democratic values in terms of transparency, accountability and accessibility for Rodrigues”.
Acknowledging the support of the UNDP and the officers of the Parliamentary Digital Services Unit of the National Assembly for the E-Parliament project, Mr Joseph Christian Léopold, Chairperson of the Rodrigues Regional Assembly, said that the launching of the system epitomizes the 17th Sustainable Development Goal – Partnerships for the Goals.
“An E-Parliament is not simply about adopting new gadgets, it’s also about embracing the values of inclusivity and responsiveness, and a focus on democratic participation,” stated Ms Amanda Serumaga, UNDP Resident Representative for Mauritius and Seychelles. Ms Serumaga also highlighted how digital transformation efforts at the level of government adhere with the principles of sustainable and eco-friendly governance.
Part of the “Prepare, Respond and Recover” offer, the newly launched E-Parliament System designed specifically for the Rodrigues Regional Assembly is an extension of the UNDP’s support to the Government of Mauritius to strengthen public sector efficiency and governance through digital transformation. The UNDP mobilised MUR 1, 150, 000 for the conceptualization, adaptation and implementation of the E-Parliament System and the Rodrigues Regional Assembly application (RRA App) to the needs of the Regional Assembly following the signature of a Letter of Agreement with the National Assembly on 15 September 2022. The RRA App will allow members of the Regional Assembly to access parliamentary documents and engage in administrative processes via their tablet computers while reducing the carbon footprint of traditional paper-based systems.