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Terms of Reference For contracting the services of a Business Impact Lead for the Establishment of the Information

and Communication and Technology Authority (ENICTA) Transition

1.0.BACKGROUND

Jamaica’s National Development Plan, VISION 2030, positions the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector as a pivotal element in Jamaica’s transformation into a prosperous country. To this end, the GOJ articulated the “need for a holistic framework to guide the public sector’s responsiveness to the needs of citizens through purposeful application of

appropriate ICT solutions geared towards reducing unnecessary bureaucracy, driving efficiencies

and improving service delivery”1.

The GoJ is experiencing significant internal and external pressures on its business practices which need to be effectively supported by Information and Communications Technology (“ICT”). Consequently, the GoJ is making effort to change how it does business to achieve greater operational efficiencies. Simultaneously, the GoJ desires to improve service and performance levels within the existing budgetary and fiscal constraints. These efforts are being made within an environment of decentralized resources. The culture of the GoJ’s transformation programme is highly predicated on the notion of separating the policy function in Ministries from the operational functions in the Agencies and Departments. Support services functions, and particularly ICT, are not efficiently optimised in an environment of decentralization, as is the case in the GoJ.

Progress within the GoJ towards its stated goals has been steady. Continued progress, however, is increasingly dependent on the timely availability of ICTs. An overall ICT transformation process, closely aligned with the government’s business strategies and objectives is fundamental as it can significantly improve the likelihood that the required enabling ICT infrastructure, skills and systems are in place and operational.

The Blueprint Report, developed under the Ministry of Science & Technology (MST), involved extensive consultation and engagement with Executives and MIS Officers across GOJ’s Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), as well as external stakeholders. It also incorporated international best practices and presents a high-level Road Map and Action Plan toward the realization of the GOJ’s five-year, sustainable ICT Transformation Agenda. By way of Cabinet Decision 28/16, in August 2016, approval was given for the Blueprint Report

1 Source: The GOJ ICT Handbook

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January 14, 2004

29 Breakdown of pensions for public officers at Cabinet level.

Sought clarification, applicant never responded.

Public

January 16, 2004

30 How do I complete a P-24 Form and deadline for completion

Referred to the Tax Audit and Assessment Department

Public

January 16, 2004

31 Minutes of the Public Accounts Committee.

Referred to Houses of Parliament

Public

January 20, 2004

32 Copy of General Consumption Tax Payment form

Referred to the nearest tax collectorate

Public

January 20, 2004

33 Require a breakdown of government domestic debt to local institutions.

Statistics on domestic debt given

Public

February 5, 2004

34 Original terms of all Euro Bonds issued by Ministry of Finance and Planning

Access granted Public

February 5, 2004

35 Income and expenditure of Intec Fund from inception to present

Transferred to Ministry of Commerce, Science and Technology

Public

February 9, 2004

36 What steps are in place to improve the Jamaican economy

Handled informally (applicant referred to documents on the MOF and BOJ websites

Student

February 16, 2004

37 Income and expenditure of Intec Fund from its inception to 2004.

Transferred to the Ministry of Commerce Science and Technology (MICST)

Public

April 2, 2004

38 Number of persons and companies who had received tax relief under the provision of the Urban Renewal (Tax Relief) Act 1995 in Montego Bay

Transferred to the Urban Development Corporation (UDC)

Civil Society

April 27, 2004

39 Salary levels and other emoluments for Parliamentarians.

Full grant of access

Civil Society

April 27, 2004

40 Information on provisions made for the supply of new fire trucks and other new and functioning equipment essential to the functioning of the fire stations

Full grant of access

Civil Society

April 27, 2004

41 Contract of sale of Jamaica Public Service Company to Mirant Cooperation

Full grant of access

Public

April 27, 2004

42 Sight of waiver documents associated with the negotiations and divestment of Hot 102 FM

Document not found

Media

April 28, 2004

43 Government of Jamaica Public Sector Procurement Governing Documentation

Full grant of access

Civil Society

May 3, 2004

44 Interim guideline for public sector procurement

Document in the public

Civil Society

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to provide an essential platform and be the enabler for the transformation of ICT within the Government of Jamaica. The Blueprint Report incorporates the principles of the established ICT Governance Framework previously approved by Cabinet and underscores the need for the ICT Council and Programme Portfolio Management Committee (PPMC) to address the priority initiatives for the GoJ that were arrived at during the MDA engagement as part of the ICT Transformation Process. ICT transformation within government is seen as a necessary element to drive transformation of the public sector by allowing for an improved governance framework for whole-of-government operations.

The benefits of ICT Governance are many. As the basis for delivering strategic ICT, it, inter alia:

 Creates organizational transparency and promotes responsible and accountable actions that enable ICT to effectively deliver against business goals.

 Fosters an integrated approach to the use of ICT that encourages whole of government

collaboration and improves ICT cost control.

 Supports ICT in balancing technological advancement against business priorities and return

on investment (ROI).

Cabinet has, in its approval of The Blueprint Report, expressed a clear mandate for a centralized ICT Governance philosophy to replace the existing decentralized and distributed model of ICT decision making by MDAs. In order to effect this mandate approval has been given for the establishment of a new ICT Authority with a centralized shared service delivery model.

The Blueprint Report, provides a road map and action plan for the ICT transformation process. The ICT transformation process entails taking ICT from its existing “As Is” reality to the desired “To Be” state in an approximately five (5) year timeframe. The Report will guide the transformation of the GoJ’s ICT for the third decade of the 21st Century.

2.0. INTRODUCTION

2.1. The GoJ is embarking on an ICT transformation process in an effort to improve services to citizens and businesses in Jamaica. It is recognised that currently there is no one organization that has full responsibility for ICT and related services, which results in a number of challenges including:

 Lack of a comprehensive and cohesive approach to solution acquisition, using economies of scale, which often result in the duplication of ICT solutions;

 Fragmented, costly and inefficient implementation of ICT solutions;  Implementation by Ministries, Departments and Agencies (“MDAs”) of non-integrated or

inadequate solutions; and

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You have been doing an excellent job helming the ship of State Prime Minister in these extraordinary times and the Jamaican people are grateful for this.

The vigorous public education campaign, the continuous upgrading of measures, clear communication and transparent decision-making, give the public the trust and confidence they need in their Government at this time of great stress and uncertainty. The World Health Organisation has praised Jamaica for its proactive approach to managing the health crisis and Minister Tufton and his team in the Ministry of Health and Wellness are to be recognised for their tireless efforts and the results thus far. Most importantly, Mr. Speaker, on behalf of the people of Jamaica, I would like to recognise and express our profound gratitude to our health care service providers including doctors, nurses, pharmacists, technologists, administrative staff, and ancillary staff, who are working tirelessly on the front lines to help protect and serve the people of Jamaica in the face of this pandemic. To them all, I say, thank you. The Cabinet of Jamaica has acted in unity, making very important decisions at this time of crisis, and has stayed ahead of the curve, and it is truly an honour to serve in this Cabinet during this period of crisis.

The Last Two Weeks: March 10 – 24, 2020

Mr. Speaker, I opened this debate on March 10, two weeks ago and much has changed in Jamaica and around the world since then. Anticipating the need, we carved out a historic $7 billion fiscal contingency which we have since increased to $10 billion with the cooperation of the financial sector. It is important to take stock of the decisions we have taken in Jamaica since March 10 and also what has happened in the world: Tuesday, March 10: First imported case of COVID-19 confirmed and announced. France, Spain and Germany added to the list of restricted countries. Wednesday, March 11: Permits for entertainment events rescinded. Over 40 dances cancelled. Carnival postponed. No entertainment permits to be issued for at least 14 days.

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way of Cabinet Decision 28/16, in August 2016, approval was given for the Blueprint Report to provide an essential platform and be the enabler for the transformation of ICT within the Government of Jamaica. The Blueprint Report incorporates the principles of the established ICT Governance Framework previously approved by Cabinet and underscores the need for the ICT Council and Programme Portfolio Management Committee (PPMC) to address the priority initiatives for the GoJ that were arrived at during the MDA engagement as part of the ICT Transformation Process. ICT transformation within government is seen as a necessary element to drive transformation of the public sector by allowing for an improved governance framework for whole-of-government operations.

The benefits of ICT Governance are many. As the basis for delivering strategic ICT, it, inter alia:

 Creates organizational transparency and promotes responsible and accountable actions that enable ICT to effectively deliver against business goals.

 Fosters an integrated approach to the use of ICT that encourages whole of government

collaboration and improves ICT cost control.

 Supports ICT in balancing technological advancement against business priorities and return

on investment (ROI).

Cabinet has, in its approval of The Blueprint Report, expressed a clear mandate for a centralized ICT Governance philosophy to replace the existing decentralized and distributed model of ICT decision making by MDAs. In order to effect this mandate approval has been given for the establishment of a new ICT Authority with a centralized shared service delivery model.

The Blueprint Report, provides a road map and action plan for the ICT transformation process. The ICT transformation process entails taking ICT from its existing “As Is” reality to the desired “To Be” state in an approximately five (5) year timeframe. The Report will guide the transformation of the GoJ’s ICT for the third decade of the 21st Century.

2.0. INTRODUCTION

2.1. The GoJ is embarking on an ICT transformation process in an effort to improve services to citizens and businesses in Jamaica. It is recognised that currently there is no one organization that has full responsibility for ICT and related services, which results in a number of challenges including:

 Lack of a comprehensive and cohesive approach to solution acquisition, using economies of scale, which often result in the duplication of ICT solutions;

 Fragmented, costly and inefficient implementation of ICT solutions;

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