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Posted: Thursday, November 28, 2019. 7:14 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: Today, the Government of Belize (GOB) held a workshop in collaboration with the Inter-American Development Bank to discuss its E-Government agenda, which aims to make government services accessible online.

The workshop gathered both public and private sector entities as well as special consultants from the IDB at the Radisson Fort George Hotel and Marina for presentations and dialogue sessions geared towards developing a road map.

Ian Smith, chief information officer with the Central Information Technology Office (CITO), explained that the GOB’s E-Governance push began back in 2015 with the launching of an E-governance policy document and action plan.

“The objective of this workshop today is for the government of Belize to establish a road map, basically looking at the strategy documents, the very high-level guiding principles and then setting priorities,” Smith said.

Michael Singh, chief technology officer with the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), said that offering government services on a digital platform is gaining traction within various sectors of the public service. Singh noted that the Lands Department is about to roll out new technology that allows for tracking the process of land transactions; the Passport Office is getting new software that will allow for passport applications to be done online, and the Belize Tax Service is working on getting a new tax information system which will allow for filing of taxes online.

Maria Ines Vasquez, senior specialist with the IDB said, “The IDB strongly believes that using technology will only accelerate growth in countries and inclusion of its citizens. We work with many different counties trying to support them in trying to adopt technology and include technology as a way to expand your services, improve the quality of your services and building a more transparent and efficient government.”

The session saw participation from entities such as the Ministries of Education, Health, National Security, Immigration and even the Belize Police Department.


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