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Contact: Embassy of Taiwan

Tuesday, November 17, 2009 – A team of three consultants and a team of three system development technicians from the Republic of China (Taiwan) on the e-Government projects are currently visiting Saint Lucia to conduct meetings with government officials and technical counterparts to review the performance of Phase I of the Advance Transport Licensing Authority System or “ATLAS” and the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force System with the Ministry of Communications, Works, Transport and Public Utilities, and the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force respectively. Meanwhile, they are scheduled to meet with their counterparts to explore essential requirements for Phase II as well. These are solid proofs of the joint efforts by the two governments to deepen and broaden cooperation projects on e-Government.

Following the National ICT Centre being open to the public in downtown Castries on 2nd February, 2009, the record indicates that 2389 participants have showed up in its 461 workshops, meetings and functions. Then Prime Minister Stephenson King unveiled plans for the establishment of a vehicle license system during the presentation of the national budget for 2009-2010 last April. Subsequently a Memorandum on e-Government Cooperation was signed by the International Cooperation and Development Fund (TaiwanICDF) with the government of Saint Lucia in May 2009. Notably the Ministry of Communications, Works, Transport and Public Utilities officially launched the ATLAS project on 19th October 2009 to replace an obsolete system used to document and regulate automobiles and issuing driving license. Up to mid-November, more than 616 drivers’ data had been keyed in, and over 300 new driving licenses had been issued by the Ministry.

The Royal Saint Lucia Police Force System is scheduled to be launched in January 2010 and it is expected more than 800 active users will be on line. In order to provide necessary training, 263 police officers have participated in 22 workshops and 10 on the site trainings were conducted at major police stations in the past few months. A computerized police force surely will ensure to provide a more efficient and standardized management service to the general public.

In addition, two new scopes of cooperation have already been identified jointly by the two governments, and to date a lot have been accomplished in the following respects:

Agriculture Resource System: (1) provision of a raw data input interface for the following areas: (i) import and export crop information from the existing custom system; (ii) domestic crop information from farmers; (iii) local purchase information from hotels, supermarkets, and the central market; (2) provision of an aggregate reporting function for further statistical purposes; (3) migration of existing Access reports into a new application and provision of five additional reports as requested by the Ministry of Agriculture; (4) provision of eight handheld terminals for use by field officers, in order to collect live produce information from farmers and local buyers; (5) performance of a one-time data migration from existing Access data files into the new system.

Civil Status Registry System: (1) provision of an application to issue new birth certificates, including adoption and deed poll; (2) provision of a one-time migration of 10,000 records from the existing database into the new system — including the generation of exception files when data is not in the proper format, and an additional manual adjustable interface allowing officers to process unformatted records; (3) provision of functions and flow for registration, billing, and printing in paper format.

A Letter of Confirmation will be signed on Wednesday, 18th November by representatives of both governments to ensure the above-mentioned tasks have been satisfactorily implemented.

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