Minister with responsibility for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects, Hon. Daryl Vaz says Information and Communications Technology (ICT) should be used as a nexus in the process of making Jamaica the place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business.
“This administration aims to use ICT to automate, simplify and make accessible the services of Government to the people. This will include a more efficient use of the resources we do have and being innovative, whilst transforming the public sector to become efficient, cost effective, productive and service oriented,” Mr. Vaz said.
The Minister was speaking at the Central Information Technology Office (CITO) ‘Technology in Government Seminar’, held on Tuesday November 30, at the Terra Nova Hotel, in Kingston.
Mr. Vaz pointed out that Governments which use technology to transform their internal processing and to deliver services to its stakeholders have been successful in increasing Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
Minister with responsibility for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects, Hon. Daryl Vaz (left), exchanging pleasantries with Chief Executive Officer, Infotech Caribbean, Vitra Gopee (right), and Acting Chief Executive Officer, Central Information Technology Office (CITO), Marie Wint-McKenzie, at a ‘Technology in Government’ Seminar.
“This information is from a recent International ICT study, which concluded that knowledge plays an important role in explaining GDP growth, and ICT acts as a complement to the knowledge base of a country,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Information Minister said he is pleased to see the deepening relationship between the private and public sectors. “This kind of partnership exemplified by Microsoft and CITO is the only way we as a country can reach our full potential,” Mr. Vaz said.
Acting Chief Executive Officer at CITO, Marie Wint-McKenzie in her remarks, said the objective of the seminar is to explore the benefits of using Microsoft products in government to drive efficiency and productivity.
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 strategy.
The seminar was sponsored by Microsoft Jamaica, which provided resource persons for the workshop.