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  • The Government has set aside $278.9 million in the 2014/15 Estimates of Expenditure, which have been tabled in the House of Representatives, to continue the Public Sector Modernisation Programme, this year.
  • The activities will also entail: reengineering processes and the commencement of Information Technology (IT) solutions implementation, in order to streamline the Government Electrical Inspectorate (GEI);
  • The programme has also aided in the preparation of a Green Paper to establish the Environmental Regulatory Authority (ERA), as well as the monitoring and enforcement capacity of local authorities.

The Government has set aside $278.9 million in the 2014/15 Estimates of Expenditure, which have been tabled in the House of Representatives, to continue the Public Sector Modernisation Programme, this year.

Under the Public Sector Moderation Programme III, which is funded by the European Union (EU), Inter-American Bank (IDB), China Co-Financing Fund, and the Government of Jamaica, Ministries, Departments, and Agencies will see improved management systems, and customer service structures for efficient public service delivery.

Earmarked targets this year include: establishment of the Office of Chief Information Officer; procurement of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) equipment; and further work to establish of the one-stop shop for business registration.

The activities will also entail:  reengineering processes and the commencement of Information Technology (IT) solutions implementation, in order to streamline the Government Electrical Inspectorate (GEI); software procurement implementation; and training of personnel to strengthen the capacity of the Strategic Human Resource Management Division at the Ministry of Finance and Planning.

Continued support is also to be provided to the Auditor General Department (AGD), with the training of 150 auditors; a Code of Conduct for the Boards of Public Bodies, and Code of Audit Practice developed, in an effort to strengthen accountability mechanisms for Public Bodies; and computer hardware and software procured.

The project has, up to the end of February, seen the delivery of the Application Management and Data Automation Software (AMANDA) to nine Parish Councils islandwide. The system allows clients to submit and ascertain the status of their subdivision applications electronically.

The programme has also aided in the preparation of a Green Paper to establish the Environmental Regulatory Authority (ERA), as well as the monitoring and enforcement capacity of local authorities.

It has also provided equipment for the Jamaica Archives and Record Department (JARD), to support development of records and information management, and improve the agency’s digitization capacity.