JIS News

The Government is to embark on a major Information and Communications Technology (ICT) initiative in March, aimed at improving the efficiency levels within the administration.

Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, made the disclosure during a ceremony to officially open the Eastwood Park Computer Resource Centre in Kingston, on January 28.

“There is going to be a dramatic change in the way the Government utilizes ICT that will transform how we use computer technology to enable business with the Government, to make the Government far more efficient and to provide people with greater access to the Government,” the Minister said.

He pointed out that greater effort is being made to make doing business with Government agencies more convenient. He said persons no longer have to travel from Westmoreland to Kingston to do business with the Government.

“We want to get persons to start to process your transactions from your home or wherever you are. We want to eliminate lines to access Government services, and so remote access to Government is going to become far more available than it is today,” he said.

Mr. Paulwell said the move will also make Government less prone to irregularities, “because when you have access to a computer, things become far more transparent. Information is there.”

The Minister told JIS News that the project will also enable a reduction in the amount of paper used by Government agencies.

Mr. Paulwell said more details will be revealed when the initiative is launched in March.

The resource centre, located at the Eastwood Park Road New Testament Church of God, was refurbished at a cost of $3.2 million by the Universal Service Fund, formerly the Universal Access Fund.

It is outfitted with 18 computers, a server and two printers. The Fund also provided furniture for the centre. Royale Computers and Accessories, church members and other individuals also contributed to the renovation.