Friday, March 18, 2005

IT Seminar at Mac Hall

An Information Technology seminar for Government officers is being held this afternoon at 2.15 at the Mackintosh Hall.

The seminar, entitled ‘Bringing Government Closer to the Citizen’, is being organised by the Ministry for Trade, Industry and Communications and the IT and Logistics Department. The seminar will be officially opened by Minister Joe Holliday.


A Gibraltar Government spokesman said:

“A series of presentations will be delivered at the seminar to provide an insight into the developments that are taking place in the field of Information Technology within the Government Service.

An outline will be given of the developments being put in place and of the services that will be provided. These developments will allow Government to replace the existing manner of effecting a large tranche of Government business.

This plan will see various exciting and interesting innovations during the next three years. A secure fibre-optic intranet is being created, which will provide a variety of services within Government departments. A number of on-line “public counters” will be introduced where citizens or companies will be able to download Government forms and eventually access their records on-line.

Simultaneously, the Government of Gibraltar website will be given a facelift and improved to make it more user-friendly and to make navigation within the website easier.”

Mr Holliday said:

“The Government is pursuing a twin-track strategy aimed at upgrading its approach to Information and Communications Technology and improving service to the public. The two areas being targeted are E-Government and the Government website. The expectation is that in the short to medium term more effective computerisation, more modern methods and more dynamic internal functions within the Government Service will deliver a more user-friendly interaction with the public and a simpler, faster and more efficient service to the public”.

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