Several ministries and agencies have been added to the E-Governance project for the year 2016. This was disclosed by Minister of Public Telecommunications, Catherine Hughes while defending her Ministry’s 2017 budget estimates in the National Assembly on Wednesday.
Minister of Public Telecommunications, Catherine Hughes
Minister Hughes said that the Government is connecting a series of ministries to the E- Government Network through fiber optics. The objective is to improve the quality of social services, to fight crime, to boost the standard of education, to promote digital literacy, and provide an Information Communications Technology (ICT) path, Minister Hughes stated
“The plan is part of Government’s plan to generally foster development and a higher-based knowledge society,” Minister Hughes said.
According to the Minister, activation of the E-Governance programme increases Government’s and the country’s capability to make Internet connectivity available to all citizens in the city, other parts of the coastland, and inland communities.
Minister Hughes in responding to a question by Opposition Member of Parliament, Joseph Hamilton as to when the other Ministries will be added to the network, said that in 2017 they will be linked.
Additionally the phase that will enable citizens’ interaction with agencies will also be implemented in 2017.
Among the ministries and agencies that have already been added to the E- Governance network are:
Ministry of Natural Resources
Ministry of Agriculture
Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA)
Ministry of Public Infrastructure
Ministry of Legal Affairs
Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA)
Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC)
Ministry of Business
Guyana Police Force headquarters
Youth and Sports -Ministry of Education Annex
Ministry of Finance
Ministry of Public Security
Ministry of Education
Ministry of Public Health
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Ministry of the Presidency
Ministry of Public Telecommunications
Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs
Ministry of Social Protection
Ministry of Communities
Department of Public Service
Citizens Security Programme and
The Arthur Chung Convention Centre
The multi-million-dollar E-Governance project hit controversy when the fibre-optic cable that was supposed to link the coastland to Brazil was scrapped as a result of technical faults. This was under the previous administration.