RPC Data Limited (RPC Data), an international IT solutions and services provider listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange (BSE), last week announced signing a contract with the Kenyan government to provide a new project to supply a Pensions Management Information System.
“This project is an important foreign exchange earner for Botswana and will add to the already forecast export earnings for RPC Data of over 1.5 million US Dollars. It will have the combined benefit of exposing the company and its staff to more complex and diverse technical expectations; and marketing Botswana as a brand through a company that is majority owned and run by Batswana in this highly competitive industry,” the company said in a statement Friday.
Mutua Kilaka, Financial Secretary in the Ministry of Finance, and Mompati Darling Nwako, Executive Director of RPC Data, signed the contract in Nairobi on June 22, 2007. RPC Data Sales Manager, Komal Rao, Consulting Division Manager, Meyyappan Venkatachalam, and a Senior Technical Consultant were in Nairobi to kick-start the project that will increase the footprint of the Botswana-based public company.
The project, headed by Anne Mugo, Secretary/Director of Pensions, who is the Project Manager for the department, comprises analysis, development and implementation and is expected to take a year to complete. RPC Data will then remain under contract to support the system for a further three years under warranty and a service level agreement.
In 2004, a payroll and pensions system that is fully integrated with the Government Accounting and Budgeting System (GABS) was implemented in Botswana’s Ministry of Finance and Development Planning by RPC Data. The experience gained in this and other similar projects has vastly increased the company’s experience in public sector systems. Nwako says that it is through the up-skill of its growing consulting division, already more than forty, that RPC Data will achieve its goal of providing regional expertise, which includes tax and human resources, in this sector. He says that the successful conclusion of this bid is a result of determined efforts by the company to diversify its revenue stream into export markets.
The Pensions Department in the Ministry of Finance in Kenya processes pensions, death gratuities and other benefits for over 160 000 officers in the public service, including former East African Community personnel and those with mixed service, like local government and other public services. It also implements and reviews statutes, particularly the Pensions Act, and also the civil service code of regulations. It advises the government on the public service pension policy, and manages public relations with retired officers and their families. The Government is modernising its pension schemes from pay-as-you-go (defined benefit) to contributory and funded schemes. The new computer system will manage these new requirements and improve on any shortfalls in the legacy system.
When completed, the new system will provide information for monitoring the department’s cash position, a workflow management system to ease supervision, and management of pension administration. It will facilitate the preparation of financial statements and budgeting; analysis; financial control and compliance audit; and ensure that senior citizens and their legal dependants (beneficiaries) are paid efficiently. Furthermore, the system will reduce the time to process pension payments and reduce the current backlog of claims. It will provide online, instant data validation and help to improve both staff job satisfaction and customer service.
RPC Data Ltd, the largest integrated information technology services company in Botswana has always specialised in software development, management consulting and systems integration.
RPC runs subsidiary companies in Zambia and Uganda, and a development centre in India.