November 26, 2015- The Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) has once again come to the assistance of the Government and People of Saint Lucia by making a donation of EC$ 389,789.00 (US$145,000.00), towards the Government island wide Network (GiNet) and Electronic Document and Records Management System (EDRMS) projects. EC$80,646 (US$30,000) of that amount is allocated for the GiNet Project, while the remainder, EC$309,143 (US$115,000) as the second disbursement will be used for the Electronic Document and Records Management System (EDRMS). Both of these projects are under the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Cooperation Agreement between the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and the Government of Saint Lucia.
According to the new Taiwanese Ambassador to Saint Lucia, His Excellency Ray Hua-Wei Mou, “My government has taken the initiative to assist with the GiNet Project. We are working on free or low-cost “Wireless Local Area Network, WLAN” in public areas. Internet penetration will be enhanced. Also, government and enterprises will be motivated to provide a wide range of innovative applications on this public Internet infrastructure”.
The EDRMS primarily includes e-document authoring, online handling and approval, exchange, filing and archive sub-systems. The aim of this system is to allow the Government of Saint Lucia to create process and manage documents and records electronically. The technicians have already completed the training of the Second Phase on how to use the system and are now at Phase III, which is the Development of Archives Module. Archiving will help in reducing the time in processing the documents, and improve the organization’s internal and external communication efficiency, and reduce the risk of government critical information loss. The Archive Module will also support the government’s records and information management, and compliance with the e-Laws regulation.
“I would like to wish the GiNet team good success as they embark on the consultancy phase and the EDRMS team on the third phase. I believe that through the joint effort of the technical personnel from Taiwan and St. Lucia,
these two projects will establish a solid foundation for the ICT development in Saint Lucia, H. E. Mou added.
During the brief ceremony on Thursday, Minister for the Public Service, Sustainable Development, Energy Science and Technology, Senator the Honourable Dr. James Fletcher, expressed gratitude to Ambassador Mou, outlining the many ICT-related projects which have been successfully implemented as a result of financial assistance from the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan).