GovTechTalk Series launched in Kingston

eGov Jamaica Limited, on Thursday, November 28), launched its GovTechTalk Series for workers in the Government information sector.

Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Fayval Williams (centre), in discussion with Chairman of eGov Jamaica Limited, Professor Lloyd Waller (left), and Chief Executive Officer of eGov Jamaica Limited, Maurice Barnes, at the launch of GovTech Talk Series on Thursday.

The GovTech Talk series, which will be held on the fourth Friday of each month, with the exception of December 2019, will last 90 minutes per session and will include a 20-minute presentation on the topic of the day, and a question and answer session.

It will focus on Information and Communications Technology (ICT) plans and initiatives in the Government and will target ICT Heads across Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

“Bring the entire ICT function under one roof.”

— Fayval Williams

The first session which focused on GovMail (Government shared email service platform) took place during the launch, which was held at eGov Jamaica Limited in Kingston.

Improve service delivery

Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Fayval Williams, who spoke at the launch, explained the ICT transformation that the Government is embarking on to improve service delivery of MDAs.

She noted that at the centre of the transformation will be the ICT Authority, which will “bring the entire ICT function under one roof by consolidating eGov and the Office of the Chief Information Officer into the new Authority, and to provide a single authoritative voice and a framework to expand the range of ICT services required by the GOJ.”

Further to that, she said the ICT Authority, which will be established as a corporate body, will advise and make recommendations to the Minister on matters relating to ICT and related services in all public bodies; provide, develop and implement ICT and related systems and services in all public bodies; and operate, direct or facilitate the provision, development, implementation or operation of ICT and related systems and services on a shared basis with other public bodies.

It will also ensure the security, integrity, availability and reliability of ICT and related systems and services in all public bodies; and promote and support the development of competencies and professional standards in ICT and related matters in all public bodies.