EGRIP Capacity Building and Training Workshop

Parliamentary secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, responsible for Information Communication Technology, Honourable Kelver Darroux.

Dominica ranked high in world E-government development ratings, according to Parliamentary secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister responsible for Information Communication Technology, Honourable Kelver Darroux.

He says the island has grown significantly from where it was 2 years ago.

This information was revealed by Mr. Darroux during the Electronic Government for Regional Integration Project (EGRIP) Capacity Building and Training Workshop.

The workshop saw the presence of stakeholders with responsibility for information and technology from countries within the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), who are gathered in Dominica to hold discussions on the implementation of the OECS, Electronic Government for Regional Integration Project (EGRIP).

Mr. Darroux said that significant developments across all technology sectors have created greater opportunities for all governments to deliver high quality services with ease.

He mentioned that information and technology complimenting each other are crucial to the ability to make informed and accurate decisions.

He highlighted that the Dominica Government has been creating an enabling environment for the adoption of E-government over the past few years with increasing success.

EGRIP project Manager, Ms. Karlene Francis pointed out that one of the key deliverables coming out from this training workshop is the definition of framework of total cost of ownership, analysis and optimization.

This is important as Governments need to know what the benefit to them is directly, whether it is economically, financially, or socially associated with ICT investments.

The benefits of the architectural reference model framework includes the provision of standards, solutions and services across Governments, a context for decision making and the assistance to ministries departments and agencies to develop ICT capabilities.

She said this will promote the total link of Governments whereby Governments will be able to communicate with all departments or ministries or agencies.

Public Works Corporation Managing Consultant, Mr. Arunava Mitra highlighted that some of the goals of the E-government includes better coordination between agencies, improved efficiency of public service delivery and increased transparency among others.

The Governments of the Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Saint Lucia and St. Vincent & the Grenadines have each received soft loan financing in an amount equivalent to US$2.4 Million, from the World Bank, for implementation of the OECS Electronic Government for Regional Integration Project (EGRIP).

The loans are provided under a special facility of the concessional lending arm of the World Bank, the International Development Association (IDA).

Additionally, US$1.5 Million was secured from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) which expanded the project to include Antigua & Barbuda and St. Kitts & Nevis.

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