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Contact: Sherlana Ernest


Friday 1 July 2011 The Ministry of the Public Service will soon integrate Information, Communication Technology (ICT), into all aspects of its operations in an attempt to increase efficiency and service delivery to the public.   Minister for the Public Service Hon. Lenard Montoute made that revelation during his address marking Public Service day 2011. 


“To gain a strategic competitive advantage in the global knowledge-based economy, we must empower our citizens by increasing access to Information and Communication Technologies and harness it for development. With the recently completed National ICT policy and Sectoral Strategy which focuses on several sectors of our society such as Education, Agriculture, Health, Tourism, Government including National Security, Community Development and Social Services, Business and ICT Infrastructure, we can have the platform  for developing literacy levels and learning skills, increased employment opportunities, facilitate information exchange, provide better health services, and enhance of business practices and productivity.”


He says, making ICT work for sustainable human development requires policies and legislation that are responsive to the needs of our people, especially the poor and less fortunate.


“The enabling legislation to facilitate this development has been recently approved by Parliament and includes the Computer Misuse Act, Electronic Transactions Act and the Privacy and Data Protection Act.  These laws will ensure that all citizens and businesses both local and abroad, who wish to conduct e-Business in Saint Lucia are protected and have legal recourse if their rights are infringed.”



Minister Montoute says, the importance of these initiatives lies within the context of establishing a modern public service which meets the needs of all citizens.


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