NDMA Online Portal to Public Services to be Commissioned Early in 2019

– Eliminates need for citizens to visit city agencies

– 25 government forms available online in 2019

The 2019 Budget debates continued on Tuesday December 4 when Minister of Public Telecommunications, Catherine Hughes announced that 25 government forms will be made available online early in 2019 when the National Data Management Authority (NDMA) commissions its online portal to many public services offered by a number of Government agencies.

She said that the primary purpose of this particular development is to save citizens time and money by allowing them to transact their personal business from the comfort of their own homes, at the newly computerized post offices or the community ICT hubs established in their communities, and by means of the new wi-fi connections made to their communities.

It is meant to create ease of access to services that in the past required them to travel to the agencies, e.g. the Immigration/passport office in the city and wait for extended periods for service. The online services also eliminates the need for forms, signatures and other paperwork.

These electronic public service forms or e-forms will include applications for:-

  • Business registration
  • Police clearance
  • NIS sickness and benefit claims
  • House lot applications
  • Job seeker registration
  • Job vacancy registration
  • Nursery and Primary School applications
  • Registration of births and deaths
  • Applications for birth, death and marriage certificates
  • Passport applications

Several of these services are already available online and available to all citizens resident in Guyana and in the diaspora. Agencies such as the Guyana Revenue Authority, the National Insurance Scheme and the Guyana School of Agriculture are already encouraging interested applicants to use their online services for information, data logging and processing.

Source: Delicia Haynes – DPI

Images: Keno George.