Roseau, Dominica – September 1, 2008……… A major component of the Government’s Public Sector Reform Strategy- the Public Administration Modernisation component- has entered a critical phase with the launching last Friday of the first ever government website- www.dominica.gov.dm.
” The Establishment, Personnel and Training Department/Reform Management Unit is very elated today, and considers this launching a significant achievement,” said Miss. Cecillia Carr, Senior Administrative Officer(Acting) at the Reform Management Unit
Miss Carr added that the Public Administration Modernisation component identifies the development and use of information and communication technologies in the public service as integral to the success of the public sector modernization programme.
The major objectives of this strategy are :
· Improving the effectiveness of service delivery;
· Enhancing accountability through greater openness and improved access to information;
· Streamlining government regulations and procedures that hinder private sector economic activity;
· Strengthening local government.
The website will serve the purpose of providing information on government and eventually evolve into a comprehensive web portal. The current content includes: General Information on Ministries/Departments; GIS news; Government Press Releases; past Independence Addresses; past budget addresses; speeches by the Prime Minister and other Ministers of Government, laws of Dominica and information on projects being undertaken by Government.
Initial funding for the development of the Website was made possible in 2006 by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Caribbean Open Trade Support Project (COTS). Additional funding was received from the European Union’s SFA 2005 ICT Development Programme.