Cabinet gives Approval for Tabling of Electronic Transactions Bill


Cabinet has given approval for the tabling of the Electronic Transactions Bill in Parliament.
Information and Development Minister, Senator Colin Campbell, who made the announcement at yesterday’s (July 31) post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House, explained that the legislation was intended to provide for the promotion and development of the legal and business infrastructure necessary to implement secure electronic commerce in Jamaica. The Bill, he said further, would eliminate barriers to electronic commerce resulting from specific uncertainties, and overwrite signature requirements.
When implemented, it is anticipated that the legislation would also promote public confidence in the integrity and reliability of electronic communication and electronic transaction, in particular, through the use of electronic signatures to ensure the authenticity and integrity of electronic communication.
“It will also provide for uniformity of legal rules and standards regarding the authentication and integrity of electronic communication, the electronic filing of information with government agencies and statutory corporations, and promote efficient delivery of government services by means of reliable electronic communications,” Minister Campbell said.

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