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  • MSTEM will be recruiting a Chief Information Officer (CIO) to oversee administration of the newly established e-government (e-gov) agency.
  • The recruitment and establishment of e-gov form part of the administration’s focus on streamlining ICT activities.
  • E-gov resulted from a merger of two government entities, Fiscal Services Limited and the former Central Information Technology Office (CITO).

The Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy, and Mining will be recruiting a Chief Information Officer (CIO) to oversee administration of the newly established e-government (e-gov) agency.

The recruitment and establishment of e-gov form part of the administration’s focus on streamlining Information and Communications Technology (ICT) activities and processes across government ministries, departments, and agencies.

E-gov resulted from a merger of two government entities, Fiscal Services Limited, which Mr. Robinson says implemented large scale government ICT projects, and the former Central Information Technology Office (CITO), which fell under the Ministry.

Both moves are consistent with the government’s human capital development strategic priority, focusing on creating a modern, responsive, and efficient public service to support national development. This is being done through public sector modernisation and institutional capacity building.

Speaking at a recent Realtors Association of Jamaica (RAJ) meeting at the New Kingston Conference Centre (NKCC), Mr. Robinson advised that e-gov will be responsible for managing all of the government’s ICT assets, infrastructure, and projects.

Noting that currently there is no centralised ICT management in place in government, Mr. Robinson said “every single entity decides how it procures its ICT and how it runs its own systems.”  This he notes results, to some extent, in service delivery shortcomings and “sub-optimal use of limited resources.”

The State Minister also pointed out that, “Government is the largest user of information technology in Jamaica and implements the largest projects. Our goal is to move more things on-line, to make it easier for persons to interact and interface with government”.

Examples of these, he cited, include property tax and traffic ticket payments, noting that “it (on-line payment) works and has been working efficiently for some time now.”  He pointed out, however, that “there are still a number of other things that we want to move on-line.”

“So, we are going to hire a Chief Information Officer who will have responsibility for overseeing e-gov and who will be able to talk to every single ministry, agency, or department, and say ‘listen, this is the way we are going to be doing this, versus that’,” he outlined.

Mr. Robinson said the Ministry is currently developing the CIO’s role and job description, which will be incorporated in an advertisement, inviting applications to fill the post. “Hopefully we can identify a suitable person by the middle of this year,” he said.