Government of Jamaica

You are here

Jamaica on the way to being a digital society - Holness

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has given an update on the controversial National Identification System (NIDS), which he said will take Jamaica into the digital age.

The prime minister made the comment on Tuesday while making his contribution to the 2018-2019 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives.

The NIDS Bill was passed into law in November 2017.

Mr Holness used his presentation to clear up what he said were misconceptions about the US$68 million loan that is being used to finance certain aspects of the NIDS.

He said only 20 per cent or US$13.6 million is actually to be used for the NIDS.

“The balance will be used to build out the ICT infrastructure of the Government. That is where all the servers will be … that we (will) put right throughout Government. We will ensure that the software is there… everything that we need for a digital Government,” Holness said.

Read the full article online on Loop Jamaica News