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St Kitts And Nevis Set To Improve E-Government

by Amanda Banks,, London

16 December 2008

The government of St. Kitts and Nevis announced recently that it has a "clear path" for the development of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and the expansion of e-government services.

The Taiwan government has aided St Kitts and Nevis in the area of ICT since the signing of a co-operation agreement in November 2006. The two parties met to share developments and suggestions at last week's E-Government Seminar, also attended by neighbouring islands Jamaica, Belize and Barbados.

St Kitts and Nevis Social and Community Development Minister Rupert Herbert spoke after the occasion:

“They were thoroughly impressed with the presentations, particularly the morning session which highlighted Taiwan’s road from a newly IT-based society, to what it is today.” He added that Taiwan, which is widely regarded as the Asian technology hub for state-of-the-art manufacturing and research, has an impressive IT infrastructure and excellent E-Government services.

“The beauty of their E-services is that they did not just throw them at the people. They were all based on information which they collected from the population with regards to their needs,” he said, adding that the stories from Taiwan were instrumental as it outlined some of the do’s and don’ts in establishing and expanding E-services.

Mr. Herbert stressed that the St. Kitts and Nevis e-government development is still information-based, incorporating email and a government web portal. He indicated that the second half of 2009 may see the expansion into greater service provision. Whenever that time comes he promised that a vigorous public consultation campaign would aim to ensure the government meets the needs of the populace in relation to e-services.

“We have a keen eye out there and we see what’s working. We want these services to be to the benefit of the general public, not just the government,” Herbert concluded.

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