PRESS RELEASE – The Government of Saint Lucia is to realize savings of up to EC$4 million in recurrent expenditure in the area of telecommunications services.
This is as a result of the introduction of the state of the art Unified Communication System-UCS, which will facilitate improved reach-ability of government officials and departments.
The official award and contract signing for the USC took place on Thursday July 30, 2015, between the government of St. Lucia and telecommunications company Digicel.
The system, according to Minister for the Public Service, Information and Broadcasting, Senator the Honourable Dr. James Fletcher, will see the Government of Saint Lucia entering into the era of technology in a way that is much bigger than the mere placement of laptops and other devices on the desks of employees.
“We are seeing a system that is allowing the government to communicate with the outside world much more efficiently. Equally importantly we are seeing a system that allows public officers to communicate with each other more collaboratively using a variety of platforms,” Dr. Fletcher added.
Signing of behalf of Digicel was its Regional Chief Executive Officer, Holly Hughes Mc Namara, who expressed the company’s delight to have been selected, through a public process, to assist the government of St. Lucia in its drive towards technological and workforce efficiency, adding that, “This solution encompasses not only connectivity but video and other teleconferencing facilities. We see true benefits for the government of Saint Lucia moving forward to serve us all in its drive to be more efficient in what they do.”
The new government Unified Communication System will replace the present archaic government telephone system which has been in place for almost two decades. It will afford greater collaboration across ministries and departments improve efficiency and reduce costs.
The system is being purchased for US$1.6 million dollars.