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Friday, November 20, 2009 – The Government of Saint Lucia and the Taiwanese International Corporation Development Fund (ICDF), have signed off on a new agreement signaling the start of phase two e-government projects.

Phase one involved the installation and maintenance of computer software at the Criminal Investigation, and Traffic Departments, while the second phase will target the Civil Status Registry and the Ministry of Agriculture.

“The Merit of the e-government programme in Saint Lucia is very efficient. Firstly, we can avoid human errors, and secondly, when we implement the e-government, the government will become more efficient because you can process information faster and provide a more efficient service for the general public,” said Taiwanese Ambassador to Saint Lucia, His Excellency Tom Chou.

Minister for the Public Service and Human Resource Development Honorable Lenard Montoute, says the introduction of ICT projects are part of government’s initiatives to improve the country’s competitiveness and stimulate economic growth and development.

“It is also our intention to increase access to public services by providing those services on line. This initiative forms part of a wider public sector modernization programme which is being funded by the World Bank. The e-government unit will, as part of its mandate develop appropriate policies that will seek to rationalize and optimize the adoption and utilization of ICT across the public service,” Montoute said.

The ICDF is working in partnership with the National ICT Office, in implementing the projects. Mr. Montoute says the National ICT Office has completed the entire required legal and regulatory framework necessary for the advancement of the ICT sector.

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