The Government is to employ more cost effective means of procuring its Information and Communications Technology (ICT) related services, Minister with responsibility for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects, Hon. Daryl Vaz, has said.
Making his contribution to the 2010/11 Sectoral Debate, on July 27, in the House of Representatives, the Minister informed that the Central Information Technology Office (CITO) is to derive methods to enable the Government to benefit from economies of scale for the purchase of ICT related items.
Minister with responsibility for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects, Hon. Daryl Vaz
“No longer will the Government be seen as separate Ministries, Departments and entities, but as a whole, and as such, garner cost benefits from its substantial purchasing power,” he said.
Mindful of the limited financial resources and the need to use resources wisely, Minister Vaz pointed out that in March of this year, he had requested that a moratorium be placed on the purchase of Private branch exchange (PBX) systems in Government. PBX is a telephone exchange that serves a particular business or office.
“I have asked CITO to review these purchases to ensure that maximum value is derived from tax payers’ money,” he said.
Stressing that the Government is comprised of one public sector and not 215 entities, Minister Vaz noted that the administration would be managing the ICT component of Government through CITO, utilising all instruments at its disposal.
“We must have a co-ordinated approach to guide ICT deployment and acquisition in Government and CITO is the body that will do this,” he pointed out.
He added that the Ministry of Finance is to develop IT procurement rules that will seek to standardise all IT purchases, so that the maximum benefits can be obtained from volume purchases and also efficiencies may be derived from training and maintenance.
CITO is a publicly owned company which was established by the Government of Jamaica in 2001. It is intended to be an enabler for national development through its charge to formulate, update, co-ordinate and monitor implementation of the national Information and Communications Technology (ICT) strategy.
It also has a public sector mandate in defining, implementing, monitoring, sourcing, and continuously improving public sector ICT services, which create quality and efficiency in a cost effective manner.