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Gov't tests e-portal that should fast-track approvals for development permits

Published:Tuesday | June 27, 2017 | 3:36 PM

The government is testing a new online portal that is expected to assist with improving the time it takes to approve applications for environmental and construction permits.

The Application Management and Data Automation (AMANDA) system is being targeted as a key element in improving the ease of doing business with municipal corporations and key government agencies.

The AMANDA is currently implemented on pilot at the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) and the Kingston and St Andrew, St. Ann and St James municipal corporations.

Principal Director of the Public Sector Modernisation Programme, in the Office of the Cabinet, Wayne Robertson, says the implementation of the portal will play a major role in improving Jamaica’s global competitiveness rankings and boosting economic growth and development.

December is being targeted for full roll-out in all municipal corporations and government agencies involved in the approvals chain.

The online portal to fast-track development permits is a key part of the Economic Growth Council's thrust to achieve five per cent growth in three years.