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A total of $87.6 million has been allocated to the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Project in the Office of the Prime Minister for the current fiscal year.
As stated in the 2009/10 Estimates of Expenditure, which is now before the House of Representatives, the allocation will go towards the procurement of equipment to support e-government services and the training of staff in the use of the new equipment and services.
Physical achievements up to January 2009 include the launch and implementation of the e-government tax portal; enactment of the E-Transaction Act; implementation of the Certificate of Authority and the procurement of database management software.
In addition, computer facilities were provided at revenue centres for public access in the payment of taxes; community access points were established in marginalised communities; and consultancy for re-engineering of the Government of Jamaica’s tax process was completed.
The project, which was implemented in June 2003, is being funded by the Government of Jamaica and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). It aims to contribute to Jamaica’s e-readiness and to support the development of the ICT sector in order to increase competitiveness, diversify export, and expand productive employment.
It also seeks to enhance efficiency and access to government services, thereby reducing transaction costs and increasing ICT use in the private/public sectors and civil society.
Originally scheduled to be completed in June 2008, the project has been extended to June 2009.
The Standing Finance Committee of the House will review the 2009/10 Estimates of Expenditure from April 14-16.

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