JCF launches Smart Check E-Ticketing System

eGovJa partnered with the Ministry of National Security, the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and other entities to facilitate the launch of the Smart Check e-Ticketing system. It was officially rolled out on December 30, 2021 in the corporate area.

The system allows for, among other things, the issuing of traffic tickets electronically on spot.

To learn more, see the links below.




Jamaican Government Bolstering Cybersecurity

Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Hon. Daryl Vaz, says that the Government is bolstering the nation’s cybersecurity by creating the necessary legislative framework and strengthening international partnerships.

He noted that as the world embraces digitalisation and there is increased use of the online space, it is imperative for the country to have up-to-date laws that provide safeguards against any possible cyberthreat.

“As an Administration, we take cybersecurity seriously.  We are cognisant that Government must take a lead role in establishing the enabling environment for the development of the information and communication technology (ICT) and cybersecurity ecosystems in Jamaica,” he noted.

“It is against this backdrop that the Government has enacted legislation and forged stronger partnerships with our international partners to bolster our cyber infrastructure and strengthen our cybersecurity response,” Minister Vaz said.

He was speaking at the virtual launch of Cybersecurity Awareness Month on Friday (October 1) under the theme ‘Reimagining Cybersecurity in the Age of the Pandemic-Driven Hyper-Digitisation’.

Read more here.

Invitation for Bids – Provision of MPLS Routers, Fixed Wireless Access Points & Wireless Backhaul

Data Protection Bill seeks to protect personal data

Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Hon. Fayval Williams has hailed the tabling of the Data Protection Bill in Parliament as a significant move in protecting the personal data of all Jamaicans.

Speaking in the House of Representatives recently, Minister Williams said “as data is considered the “new gold,” the passing of this Bill is critical to the Government’s attempt to delineate the rights of individuals in relation to the processing of their personal and sensitive personal data; and to establish the parameters within which their data should be processed by data controllers in both the private and public sectors.”

Read more on the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology’s website.

GovNet Phase 1 Far Advanced

Infrastructure works under the first phase of the government of Jamaica’s GovNet project is far advanced and several ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) have been connected to the network and critical projects are being supported. GovNet is a secure, wide area network infrastructure that will provide internet connectivity to MDAs to facilitate shared services.

Approval to undertake Phase 1 was granted in 2018 and it includes the buildout of a fibre optic network in the Kingston Metropolitan Area (KMA) and St. Catherine over a three year period. The initiative is being funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and spearheaded by eGov Jamaica Limited (eGovJa) along with the National Works Agency (NWA) and other partners. Read more here.


Maurice Barnes (2nd right), CEO of eGovJa, shares a light moment with Christopher McKenzie (r), Department Head, Network Services at eGovJa, Luke Jackson (2nd left), Programme Manager for GovNet, and Michael Saunderson (l), Operations Manager at the National Works Agency (NWA), at the end of the third GovTechTak event on Friday, February 28, 2020.

GovTechTalk is a once-monthly interactive session hosted by eGov Jamaica Limited with members of the Government of Jamaica’s ICT community to discuss various initiatives. February’s session focused on the GovNet project.


eGov Jamaica COVID-19 Advisory

Amidst the COVID-19 concerns, please see the public advisory from eGov Jamaica Limited.

MDAs Urged To Cooperate With eGov Jamaica’s Data-Gathering Exercise

Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Hon. Fayval Williams, is encouraging government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) to cooperate with the data-gathering activities being undertaken by eGov Jamaica Limited in preparation for the entity’s transition to the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Authority of Jamaica.

Minister Williams, who was speaking at eGov Jamaica’s networking event, dubbed ‘Exec Connect’, at Hope Gardens, St. Andrew, recently, said that the data-gathering exercise will provide detailed information about the ICT needs of the MDAs.

Read more on the JIS website.

eGov Jamaica Prepares For Transition

Chief Executive Officer (CEO), eGov Jamaica Limited, Maurice Barnes, says preparation by the agency to transition into its role as the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Authority of Jamaica is in the final phase.

Speaking at the second in the series of GovTechTalk information sessions, held on Friday (January 31) at the company’s Old Hope Road address in Kingston, Mr. Barnes pointed out that full transition should be achieved by the end of the year.

Read more on the JIS website.

Minister urges speedier move to digital society

Minister of Science, Energy and Technology (MSET), Fayval Williams says that the time is right for Jamaica to move with more speed towards implementation of a digital society.

“We simply cannot afford to be left behind the rest of the world, or even our Caribbean counterparts, and I think we are behind. But, being Jamaican, I think we are going to sprint our way through and overtake everybody else,” the minister told guests at the launch of the new national Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) project at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St Andrew on Wednesday.

Read more via the Jamaica Observer website.

E-Passports On The Horizon

Jamaicans are on the cusp of receiving electronic passports (e-passports) as part of the transformation process taking place at the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA).

This forms part of the new national Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) project, which was launched on Wednesday at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel, St Andrew.

The PKI project will be rolled out during the next seven months, with the objective of making Jamaica a more digital society, in which there is ubiquitous use of information and communications technology in all spheres, such as home, work, school and recreation.

It also forms part of the Government’s National Identification System (NIDS), and will enable trusted electronic identities for people, services and things, and make it possible to implement strong authentication, data encryption and digital signatures, based on a certifying authority.

Read more via The Gleaner website.