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  • The Government has recruited the services of a top information technology executive to oversee administration of its e-Government (e-Gov) agency.
  • Canadian executive, Dr. Louis Shallal, will serve as Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the government.
  • The Minister informed that Dr. Shallal, a highly qualified professional, who has operated as CIO in a number of enterprises in Canada, will arrive in the island by mid April.

The Government has recruited the services of a top information technology executive to oversee administration of its e-Government (e-Gov) agency.

Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining (STEM), Hon. Phillip Paulwell, who made the announcement, said Canadian executive, Dr. Louis Shallal, will serve as Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the government.

The Minister informed that Dr. Shallal, a highly qualified professional, who has operated as CIO in a number of enterprises in Canada, will arrive in the island by mid April.

Mr. Paulwell was addressing members of the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ), during a breakfast meeting at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston, on March 24.

The Minister said Dr. Shallal will work closely with Chief Executive Officer, e-Gov, Herman Athias, to promote secured, integrated e-services across Government.

“We believe that this signals a move forward to get our government to finally move towards eliminating lines and the use of paper and to be far more efficient as we go forward,” Mr. Paulwell explained.

He said the recruitment of a CIO and the establishment of e-Gov Jamaica Limited form part of the Government’s focus on streamlining Information and Communications Technology (ICT) activities and processes across government ministries, departments and agencies.

E-Gov Jamaica Limited is the result of a merger of two government entities, Fiscal Services Limited, which implemented large scale government ICT projects, and the former Central Information Technology Office (CITO).