Technology Minister Urges Gov’t Agencies To Embrace Imminent ICT Authority

Technology Minister, Fayval Williams, is calling on government agencies to embrace the soon to be created Information and Communication Technology Authority, ICTA.

She says the authority will coordinate all ICT functions of the government and supplant the free for all system which currently exists.

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eGov Jamaica Launches GovTechTalk Series

eGov Jamaica Limited, on Thursday (Nov. 28), launched its GovTechTalk Series for workers in the Government information sector.

The GovTech Talk series, which will be held on the fourth Friday of each month, with the exception of December 2019, will last 90 minutes per session and will include a 20-minute presentation on the topic of the day, and a question and answer session.

It will focus on Information and Communications Technology (ICT) plans and initiatives in the Government and will target ICT Heads across Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

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eGov Jamaica Limited Driving Digital Government Framework Facilitation

Chief Executive Officer of eGov Jamaica Limited, Maurice Barnes, says the entity is spearheading initiatives to facilitate a digital government framework where major services can be accessed by citizens via online platforms.

Speaking at a recent Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think Tank, Mr. Barnes explained that the idea is to allow citizens to become more connected with government service delivery utilising a digital format.

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First Student Cohort Trained under USF’s Technology Advancement Programme

The first cohort of students to be trained under the Universal Service Fund’s (USF) Technology Advancement Programme (TAP) 1000 initiative, will graduate and be placed in jobs within the next four weeks.

TAP 1000 is a training and job placement programme for unattached youth, which facilitated an initial 1,000 participants who were enrolled in computer-related courses from April to June 2018.

The USF’s Marketing and Public Relations Manager, Deleen Powell, tells JIS News that the programme equipped the participants with skills that will better enable them to be integrally involved in the global digital economy.

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JTA Gets Funding To Provide Teachers With Tablets

Minister of Science and Technology Dr Andrew Wheatley has committed to providing $US40,000 (J$5.2m) to the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) to be used to procure tablets for educators.

Speaking at the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workshop hosted by the JTA this week, Wheatley said that it was important that teachers were equipped with the necessary tools to ensure that they were able to compete globally.

“As the ministry, we are doing our part to supply the technology to our schools. We are making sure that we fully work out the tablets-in-schools project by September. So, teachers, we will be equipping you,” Wheatley declared at the event, which was held at the Excelsior Community College in St Andrew.

Read the full article online in The Gleaner

Free Wifi To Be Installed At Emancipation Park

Emancipation Park in St Andrew is to be equipped with free internet access come December.

The connectivity is courtesy of the Universal Service Fund (USF) under its Connect JA Free Public Wi-Fi project.

Under the project, seven free public Wi-Fi hotspots have been established at a cost of $124 million.

The USF says this complements its Community Access Point initiative which has seen to the establishment of 271 internet cafes in underserved communities island-wide.

Read the full article online in The Gleaner.

Technology In Focus, ICT Authority To Improve Govt. Efficiency

Dr Wayde Marr, president of the Vector Technology Institute

For many Jamaicans, renewal of one’s motor vehicle registration or certificate of fitness can take up to an hour or more, because of long lines at the offices of Tax Administration Jamaica. Depending on the hour, day or month, this experience can be time-consuming. However, according to information and communications technology (ICT) experts, the establishment of the ICT Authority will eliminate the long lines and help to ease doing business with government entities.

The ICT Authority will be a body, established by the ICT Act, to develop or drive a sustainable digital agenda in the government and wider society, thereby streamlining and consolidating the delivery and management of ICT services in all public bodies through a shared services model.

A bill to establish the ICT Authority was recently passed by the House of Representatives and is to be considered by the Senate for approval. It seeks to improve the use of technology and interoperability of systems and technologies across the government and to drive a sustainable digital agenda in the government and the wider society.

Read the full article online in The Gleaner