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Online portal to fast-track applications for permits

Published:Wednesday | June 28, 2017 | 12:07 AM
Wayne Robertson

A Development Applications Review Process Public Portal 11 has been created to improve the process of application for environmental and construction permits.

It is part of the Application Management and Data Automation (AMANDA) system aimed at improving the ease of doing business with municipal corporations and key government agencies.

The online portal, scheduled to be launched in December 2017, will be implemented at the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) and three municipal corporations - Kingston and St Andrew, St Ann and St James. It will be implemented in other municipal corporations after the testing phase.

Principal director of the Public Sector Modernisation Programmme, Office of the Cabinet, Wayne Robertson, said the implementation of the portal will play a major role in improving Jamaica's global competitiveness ranking and boosting economic growth and development.

This, he said, is key in helping to achieve the Economic Growth Council's target of five per cent growth over four years.

He said it is important that the system works as intended. "So, if the system is down, it does not help the customer, and it does not help our ability to achieve growth," Mr Robertson pointed out.

AMANDA is a web-based application management system that allows applicants for building and development permits to track the status and progress of their applications as it is reviewed by the relevant agencies.

The system is part of an ongoing programme to improve the development applications process in order to reduce delays, promote transparency, and, ultimately, generate large investments.

AMANDA has been installed in all local authorities, and major entities such as the Ministry of Health and NEPA.