Improving integration and harmonisation of government information infrastructure and systems to enhance service delivery
Under-utilization of ICT and the ad hoc implementation of technologies have contributed to high transaction costs, slow transaction times and poor overall efficiency in service delivery. Lack of integration between the multiple ICT driven projects implemented in different sections of government has hampered the ability to realize the full benefits of the improvements.
The robustness and security of the information management platform is important to the effective operation of Government. Focus must be placed on establishing the proper architecture and governance systems, in addition to the use of agile and flexible technologies that are reliable, cost effective, scalable and interoperable.
This focus area will implement activities aimed at: (i) Implementation of GovNET a government wide communications network for the seamless transfer of information between government agencies and other stakeholders as well as for the provision of on-line services to the public at minimal cost. (i) Strengthening the government’s capacity to lead and implement ICT policy with the Appointment of a CIO and implementation of a Framework for ICT Governance (ii) Implementation of a Data and Information Sharing Policy to removal of burdensome legal, financial and technological restrictions placed on Government entities to access datasets collected and maintained by other Government entities (iii) Development of a GOJ Records and Information Management (RIM) Programme to develop an Integrated Records and Information Management Policy for the GoJ and provide necessary digitising capacity to Jamaica Archives and Records Department (JARD) to ensure that record and information collected, is stored and managed in a consistent manner across the public sector to enhance accessibility of Government data and information for efficient service delivery programmes.