THE operation shift from manual to computerized system in the Department of Registrar of Societies will enhance collection of revenue and improve accountability, says Home Affairs minister Davis Mwila.
Mr Mwila, who is Chipili Patriotic Front (PF) Member of Parliament, said computerization at the Department of Registrar of Society in his ministry would help reduce on logistical challenges faced by societies throughout the country.
Speaking when he officially launched the computerization project, Mr Mwila urged the department not to consider this as an end to itself, but strive and work towards rolling out the system to the other provinces in the near future.
“We live in a world where we cannot talk about development without accepting the use of information and communication technologies. Everywhere around the world computer system have been used in order for institutions to keep both their clients and staff record, manage their finances and provide online application,” he said.
Mr Mwila said the computerization process at Registrar of Societies was in line with Government’s objectives through E-Government initiative of efficiency and reduce costs of doing business, as well as improve service delivery to citizens and communities.
He said the PF government was determined to embrace and promote the use of such applications and other information communication technology in line with the public service in order to provide a better service as the nation moved towards achieving and implementing the Vision 2030.
And the Registrar of Societies Thandiwe Mhende said the society had accumulated and currently stood at over 47,000 files. She said the manual system coupled with such a magnitude of records had brought about a number of challenges for the department which included difficulties in storage space, delays in retrieval of information, inefficiencies in records management and difficulties in ensuring security and confidentiality of stored documents.
Ms Mhende said the introduction of the computerization system provide the department an opportunity to address the challenges highlighted and further help serve clients better as it would result in enhanced revenue collection, improved records management, enhanced processing speed for registration and retrieval of information.
She said it would also enhance data security for information stored electronically and maintain information integrity among others.