Govt. Uses ICT to Reduce Fraud, Speed up Tax/Export Services


Manager of the Information Technology Project in the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), Richard Gordon, is reporting some success with the implementation of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Government agencies, departments and ministries.
Mr. Gordon told a retreat of Information and Telecommunications officials from the Ministry, that one of the major achievements of the project was the development of the tax portal.
He says there are approximately 20,000 users of the online portal, with almost $2 billion dollars being paid over to Government for using the online service.
Currently, Jamaicans are able to pay motor vehicle and property taxes online, as well as returns on General Consumption Tax (GCT) using the tax portal. Mr. Gordon announced that the service is to be expanded in September, to facilitate the payment of statutory deductions.
He also highlighted gains made in trade facilitation, saying the ICT project has made it possible for importers to apply for import licences online.
“So the customer does not have to interfere with the licence, which eliminates the possibility of fraud. This is one of the big advantages of computerising a lot of these facilities,” he said.
Mr. Gordon disclosed that a lot of the export processes are also being computerised.
The ICT project began under a loan agreement between the Government and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in 2003 to improve Jamaica’s readiness for the information age network, a major goal being to use ICT to reduce transaction costs.

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