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