KINGSTON — The Public Sector Transformation Unit (PSTU) is set to receive a cash injection of $74.6 million to carry out its work this fiscal year.
This is set out in the 2011/2012 Estimates and Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.
With funding support from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the project aims to establish a central Government of Jamaica (GoJ) web portal to index and organise GoJ services; as well as increase the use of information and communication technology (ICT) in all sectors to increase productivity and efficiency.
Additionally, it intends to create a cohesive and harmonised GOJ/ICT landscape to reduce Government spending; streamline and strengthen the constitutional capacity for Human Resource Management (HRM); strengthen the institutional capacity of the Office of the Prime Minister and the Office of the Cabinet; and improve the accountability framework for targeted entities.
The PSTU, which is being implemented by the Office of the Cabinet, is scheduled to run from April 2010 to March 2012.
Initial targets originally envisaged include: acquiring the services of a communications consultant; conducting workshops at the regional and parish levels and technical and economic reviews to inform a GovNet infrastructure; developing the overarching framework (road map) for the management of GovNet; and acquiring consultancy services to develop a structure to govern the operations of HRM across the public sector.
Other targets are: the development of entity specific management and accountability frameworks, as well as consultancy to develop institutional and technical framework for shared corporate services.
For this financial year, the Government hopes to acquire the services of a communications consultant; prepare and disseminate information to the public sector and the general public; conduct workshops at the regional and parish levels; conduct technical and economic reviews to inform a GovNet infrastructure; engage consultant to develop structure to govern the operations of HRM across sectors; and implement a shared-services pilot.
Achievements up to February 2011 include: the development of a strategic framework by the PSTU, which was presented to Cabinet and is now awaiting approval and sign off; 12 entities have been selected and numerous workshops have been conducted; while a consultant worked with all entities to complete the first phase of the devolution concept.
By ATHALIAH REYNOLDS, JIS Reporter