JITSA Opinion Paper -A Case for ICT Reform as an Enabler of Economic Reform-Public

Type: Opinion Paper
Author: Jamaica Information Technology & Services Alliance
Year of Publishing: 2014

From a national perspective, JITSA attributes the limited success of ICT adoption to the level of
maturity of ICT governance in both the public and private sectors, but also sees this as a shared
responsibility to fix. Senior management in government and enterprise are therefore challenged to
ensure that ICT, and the associated element of change management, becomes an integral part of both
strategy and execution. At the same time, the ICT industry needs to gain increased commitment from
leadership by clearly articulating the value of ICT to national development and making ICT governance
more impactful and easier to understand.

During the course of 2013, the medium‐term economic reform programme developed momentum as
the process of execution began in earnest. In the same period, the membership of JITSA was focussed
on the process of its formation, including clearly defining its role in the development of Jamaica’s IT
sector. Concurrently, the Government of Jamaica (GOJ) developed and released its proposed
Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Road Map for review and adoption.

The Alliance viewed this as an opportunity to assess evidence of progress against the intentions of the
programme as outlined in the Memorandum of Economic and Financial Policies (MEFP) to the
International Monetary Fund (IMF) extended fund facility, which runs until March 2017, as well as the
alignment of the ICT Road Map to the reform process.
This opinion paper therefore sets out to:

  • Start the process of consultation with key stakeholders of the IMF‐led programme;
  • Identify key areas of immediate concern that JITSA considers important to the programme’s implementation; and
  • Propose a course of action that can guide the introduction of an ICT governance framework for economic growth and development.

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