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HOPE interns to assist Technology Ministry’s digitisation programme

Published:Thursday | July 2, 2020 | 9:29 AM
Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Fayval Williams (left), engages with Housing, Opportunity, Production and Employment (HOPE) interns Danielle Harris (centre) and Rujuan Dawes, who are among 40 youngsters assigned to the Ministry to assist with the digitisation programme. The occasion was a welcome ceremony for the HOPE interns at the Ministry's New Kingston offices on July 1, 2020 - Contributed photo

The Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology’s digitisation programme has been strengthened with the addition of 40 young people, who will assist in the digital transformation exercise.

Recruited through the Government’s Housing, Opportunity, Production and Employment (HOPE) Programme, the youngsters will be engaged for 12 months, where they will carry out work in the areas of records management; customer service; field work, providing assistance to compliance and technical officers; predigitisation activities such as reclassification of files, decluttering and disposition of records; and digitisation.

A sum of $18.5 million has been provided to support a stipend for the participants over the life of the internship.

Speaking at the official welcome ceremony at the Ministry’s New Kingston offices on Wednesday, Portfolio Minister, Fayval Williams, said the digitisation programme is in keeping with the modernisation of the public sector and is directly aligned to efforts to transition Jamaica from a paper-based to a digital society.

“We must transform the business of government to allow for easier access to records. I believe that every document in government must be accessible with just a click or by inserting a search term. It is time for government to go digital, and the HOPE programme is a crucial part of this digital transformation,” she noted.

Williams said that digitisation of records improves efficiency and responsiveness of government, thereby reducing time spent in line or accessing a service.

“Digitisation of the public service brings citizens closer to government and its services, making our citizens a part of the process. This is also part of the vision of a new Jamaica, where we transform the way government does business and where Jamaicans will have access to public services from anywhere and anytime,” she noted.

- JIS News

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