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E-Gov comes on stream with pilot targeting ‘work permits’

E-Gov comes on stream with pilot targeting ‘work permits.’ Photo: GIS
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Employers across the Territory will participate in a pilot project to assist the Government with testing an E-Government, ‘New Work Permit Prototype.’

The New Work Permit online application project is being promoted as one aspect of the overall transformation of the public service initiative, according to a public statement by the Government Information Service (GIS) yesterday March, 27, 2019.

Speaking to initiative, Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) disclosed that, “the testing phase of the work permit prototype is an example of Government’s commitment to doing business more efficiently.”

Public Private Partnership

The Premier said, “…by including stakeholders in the testing phase, this creates an avenue to foster public private partnership and create confidence from the stakeholders before we implement the full project.”

The work permit application online process will be introduced over a three month period to 20 companies which represent a cross-section of business classifications Territory-wide.

Minister for Natural Resources and Labour, Honourable Vincent O. Wheatley (D9) said, “…the selected companies will test the system in its pilot phase where employers will submit new work permit applications online along with all the required supporting documents [medical and police records, passport photo].”

“It is a very important first step in making the government more efficient and streamlining our services,” he added.

Phase II

Honourable Wheatley said that upon completion of the initial testing phase, users can expect a full roll out to the business community and a move to Phase II, which will provide new features of the same application as well as online payments before moving to an online process for renewal work permits.

The soft launch to the 20 pilot companies will take place on April 4, 2019.

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