Sun | Dec 10, 2017

Diaspora urged to use GOJ portal

Published:Friday | September 29, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Dr Andrew Wheatley

Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr Andrew Wheatley, is urging members of the diaspora to make full use of the recently launched Government of Jamaica (GOJ) portal.

Speaking at a town hall meeting hosted by the Embassy of Jamaica at the National Women's Democratic Club in Washington, DC, on Tuesday, Wheatley explained that the portal brings all government services into one place, making it easier for Jamaicans in the diaspora and at home to conduct business.

He said that "no longer will people have to remember all 200-plus of the different websites of the government agencies, which provide the services you are looking for. Now, you will only need to remember one. You will only need to go to one place to access all of the services that Government provides online".

Wheatley said the portal is a major milestone for the Government and is in keeping with the administration's mission to make Jamaica a knowledge-based digital society.

The minister noted that another achievement was providing zero-rated access to all government website and online services. Through partnership with the major telecommunications providers, access can be granted to any government website or web service without cost to citizens.

In her remarks, Jamaica's ambassador to the United States, Audrey Marks, lauded the Government for launching the GOJ portal, describing it as a revolutionary move that will make it easier for Jamaicans in the diaspora, as well as potential investors, to access ministries and agencies by going to one website.

The portal may be accessed at www.gov.jm.