Written by MyVueNews Staff Writer Posted On: Wednesday, 15 February 2017
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Basseterre, St. Kitts, 15th February, 2017 (MyVueNews.com) - Five new mobile Apps have been launched on the consumer market in support of the E-Government thrust being undertaken by the federal Government.
The grand launch occurred at the Ocean Terrace Inn (OTI) on Wednesday, 15th February, attended by representatives of private enterprise and public sector officials, and hosted by the government’s IT Department and Open Interactive, the company that has been working to develop government’s e-government services.
The Apps launched are the Crime Prevention - Mobile App; a Consumer Affairs App; the SKNIS/Information App; a Government Directory App; and a National Events - Mobile App.
Crime Prevention - Mobile App: Users can report offenses past or occurring to the Police. This crime reporting app can support text and pictures. Reports are reviewed at a Police Station for appropriate actions. According to the information provided, the app works anonymously and information sent is first encrypted for safe transmission from sender to receiver.
Consumer Affairs App: Looking to go shopping at the supermarket. This app can help. The Consumer Affairs Division has compiled data on supermarket prices for various commodities. The ‘SKN Shopper’ as the app is really called offers comparative prices on items, and you can search by brand and name.
SKNIS / Information App: This is your easy access to news and information from the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis. Content produced at SKNIS will be available on the app.
Government Directory App: Trying to find a number for a specific Ministry or Government Department? End your frustration. Get this App on your phone. It has a searchable directory.
National Events - Mobile App: This calendar of national events is frequently updated. Search for any Government function or event and get all the details.
Important to note is that all apps are available for downloading from Google Play - for Android devices - and from the Apple App Store.
“What we are doing is giving our people, who know how to uses these apps the opportunity to expand their footprint.”
Looking ahead, Attorney General Vincent Byron, who is responsible for ICT development, said a structure is now in place for the guided development of ICT in Government.
He said, “Within Government, at the federal level, we have established the National ICT Governance Board. The Board involves all heads of departments, the financial secretary and senior members of government, who sit and look at what we do in ICTS, so that we have advice from these senior department heads.”
Byron indicated that Government’s interests in ICT is about creating the foundation for future careers for young people, for making the interaction with Government easier and to allow citizens the access to information they should have in a timely manner.