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Digital technology impacts African GDP

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The impact of digital technology in the creation of wealth in Africa is such that some countries outperform many Western countries in the contribution of new technologies to the GDP.
For instance, with 3,3% of its GDP from internet-related activities, Senegal does more than many Western countries, including France and Germany.
“In 10 years, the digital economy will probably weigh 10% of African GDP,” says Alain Taïeb, chairman of the supervisory board of Mobilitas.
Senegal’s ADIE (the state agency in charge of the information technology policy) has formalised the dematerialization of two procedures of the urban planning services: obtaining the certificate of conformity, an administrative act that attests the conformity of the construction work carried out following the procurement of the building permit; and the urban planning certificate, which certifies that a proposed real estate operation on land is in conformity with the legislation and technically feasible.
The Mobilitas group has assisted ADIE in the effective implementation of these two approaches, which are now available on the online platform TeleDac.
With the development of TeleDAc, the Senegalese state wants to strengthen the effectiveness of public action and bring the administration closer to its users, especially through online access to the public service.
“Eighty percent of the work of an administration consists in sharing information with users as well as with the other services of the state,” says says Cheikh Bakhoum, director-general of ADIE. “In this respect, the implementation of TeleDAc is essential for the modernization and effectiveness of public action. The two new procedures we are putting online today are an important step towards achieving our goals.”
Taïeb adds: “Digital should be an integral part of the services provided by the public authorities. As an actor in the management and electronic archiving of documents, we are proud to contribute to the success of TeleDAc, an ambitious project to digitise public services.”
Since its launch, TeleDAC has made a significant contribution to improving access to public services, reducing administrative costs for users by 25% and reducing the risk of corruption. The time required to complete and issue a building has reduced from a minimum of three months to approximately 28 days. To date, nearly 4 000 cases have been processed in the four departments of Dakar.