Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Governnent to the Citizen

Trade minister Joe Holliday last Friday opened an information technology seminar which he says is part of the Government’s manifesto commitment to develop ‘e-government.’

“This project will mean great strides in e-government within the next three years and this will bring radical changes in the way government business is done. More effective computerisation, more modern methods and more dynamic internal functions will deliver a more user-friendly interaction with the public and a simpler, faster and more secure service,” he said.

Mr Holliday said that the move would minimise the potential for error and delay. He announced that virtual public counters will be set up where the public will be able to download government forms from the comfort of their homes and communicate with officials to deal with their queries.

“Eventually, they will be able to access their personal or company records on-line,” he said.

As far as is possible, the development of the necessary application software will be undertaken in-house by the IT & logistics unit to bring about such changes as:

E-procurement will allow for officials to submit electronic purchase orders, doing away with the need for paper purchase orders;

The government’s GIS, geographical information system, will be made available, as appropriate, to government departments and agencies;

All government servers and PCs will be standarised to the same operating systems.

A security policy is being finalised and a set of regulations is being prepared to ensure the security and integrity of government’s operations and information.

Another area of development is the Government’s own website. This is being given a face-lift and will be upgraded with a view to making navigation, within the site, easier.

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