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Prime Minister, Andrew Holness (second right), laughs at a joke made by Science, Energy and Technology Minister Dr Andrew Wheatley (right) at the official launch of the GOV.JM web portal at the Office of the Prime Minister in Kingston. Others (from left) are Chairman of the eGov Jamaica Limited Board, Dr Lloyd Waller; and Principal Director of the Public Sector Transformation and Modernisation Division in the Cabinet Office Wayne Robertson.

GOVERNMENT on Wednesday launched its E-Portal, an online gateway to all government information and services. The portal — GOV.JM — is expected to be the central place to perform online transactions with the government, find

Principal Director of the Public Sector Modernisation Programmme, Office of the Cabinet, Wayne Robertson.

A Development Applications Review Process (DARP) Public Portal 11 has been created to improve the process of application for environmental and construction permits. It is part of the Application Management and Data Automation (AMANDA) system

Public Sector Transformation and Modernisation Division Director General, Veniece Pottinger-Scott.

Amidst complaints about less-than-desirable public-service delivery, the Government of Jamaica is pushing ahead to achieve world-class customer service through the more than 200 public-sector institutions islandwide. This is consistent with one of the Vision 2030

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The Jamaica Import/ Export Inspection Centre (JIEIC) has reduced turnaround time for the inspection of commercial goods coming into the country from an average of twenty-four (24) hours to an average of four hours. The

The Ministry of Local Government, with the support of the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), and the Office of the Cabinet, has completed installation of the Application Management and Data Automation (AMANDA) system in

Cabinet Committees are deliberative fora comprised of members of the Cabinet. The Committees are considered an integral part of the decision-making process of Cabinet, as they make the agenda of Cabinet more manageable by providing opportunities for in-depth discussion of issues; and the resolution of inter-ministerial conflict on policy issues. Cabinet Committees may be constituted as the need arises and the focus of existing committees may be amended.

Ideally, the Cabinet Committee system is ‘intended to be greater than simply the sum of its constituent parts’, as the system is designed to make available to Cabinet Ministers a specialized cadre of senior public officials who bring together wider knowledge, expertise and perspectives of varying Ministries, Departments and Agencies to increase the likelihood of better conclusions. The recommendations of all Cabinet Committees are then referred to Cabinet for final decision.