JIS News

Minister with responsibility for Information, Telecommunications and Special projects, Hon. Daryl Vaz, says Government could save up to 60 per cent on public sector expenditure, by incorporating technology into civil service operations when transformation is effected.
Speaking at Wednesday’s (July 28) Post Cabinet media briefing at Jamaica House, Mr. Vaz cited telephony as one such area that could yield savings, consequent on technological inputs, by reducing its annual bill payments which currently amount to some $2 billion.
He said that preliminary estimates show that if the sector uses technology the right way, and have a policy decision in relation to the procurement guidelines and other such matters, and increasing efficiency and their ability to communicate with each other, it could yield as much as 60 per cent savings.
The Minister said the proposed Government-wide communication network, GovNet, will be pivotal to the transformation process, as it aims to improve efficiency and effectiveness in operations and service delivery.
“So if you’re talking about a $1b savings in that alone, coupled with the increase in efficiency and productivity, then you know that you are going to have a leaner, meaner, more efficient public service, which is what drives everything in Jamaica,” he said.
Mr. Vaz stated that the bottom line was that the Public Sector Transformation Unit (PSTU) and the new Central Information Technology Office (CITO) board were working more closely together, in terms of the way forward.
Head of the PSTU, Patricia Sinclair-McCalla, who also spoke at the briefing, said that the “strategic deployment” of technology in the transformation process could not be underestimated.
“What we want to ensure is that the public will have access to the electronic delivery of public services, and that is going to be realized through GovNet wiring up government, so that you can access public services, electronically,” Mrs. Sinclair-McCalla said.

Skip to content