Digitization of Local Authorities: the Town Hall of Port-Louis sets up the I-Council project
The implementation of the I-Council project in the Municipal Council of the City of Port-Louis, in line with the government’s vision to digitize local authorities, improve management efficiency and effectiveness and provide better services, was launched today in Port Louis.
The Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Local Authorities and Disaster Risk Management, Dr. Anwar Husnoo, the Mayor of Port-Louis City Hall, Mr. Mahfooz Cadersaib, and other personalities were present.
In his address, Deputy Prime Minister Husnoo recalled that the ministry has embarked on a series of digitalization and technological innovation projects through the I-Council pilot project which was launched in 2018 at the District Council of Mocha. The project, he recalled, has already been implemented at the level of the Communes of Savanne and Flacq, and the Municipal Council of Port-Louis, adding that it will soon be implemented in all local authorities.
The I-Council project, he pointed out, will enable local authorities to organize and supervise the projects implemented at all levels, including the legal, contractual, procurement and financial procedures of the project, and implementation processes, from design to payment phases. He said the system will also help control expenses, enable proper management of resources and provide a detailed report on progress as well as project tracking.
He further pointed out that since 2015, the government has invested heavily in several projects across the country to meet the needs of the people. With a view to providing a better quality of life for the population, modern infrastructure and better services in a timely manner, the government has considerably increased the funds allocated to local authorities in the 2021-2022 budget, he said. indicated.
The Deputy Prime Minister expressed optimism that the implementation of the I-Council project will provide a practical tool for decision-making by Councils through optimized resource management. The system optimizes the deployment of resources and funds in a more controlled manner, which will enable the Council to effectively discharge its mandatory responsibilities throughout its jurisdiction, he added.
For his part, the Lord Mayor, Mr Cadersaib, said the Council would embark on a more innovative strategy to provide a more improved and enhanced digitized service to the people. The project, he added, will allow the Council to work on its weaknesses and improve its services and thus provide better quality services in a shorter time to the residents.
The I-Council project
The I-Council project includes the use of a Global Positioning System, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and bespoke council project management software created in-house by the officers of the District Council of Mocha.
The main services provided by the communes are covered by the following GIS systems: Commune Project Management System, Fleet Management System; cleaning service management system; Drain management system; Maintenance of the asset management system; road management system; urban planning management system; public lighting management system; and bare land management system
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