In keeping with its thrust towards E-government, the Bahamas Government is hosting meetings with local stakeholders and representatives of e-Governance Academy, Estonia, from February 4-8, 2019. The meetings are intended to provide participants with an overview of the impact of digitization on Estonia and the advantages for The Bahamas. It is expected that eventually, the Academy will propose the way forward for e-government transformation for The Bahamas. At Wednesday’s presentation for private sector representatives, policy makers and drivers of change, Minister of State for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Kwasi Thompson said it is important for the e-Governance Academy representatives to make their presentations.
“I want you to see what the possibilities are for The Bahamas. I believe they are able to share with you what they are doing in Estonia and it will cause your mind to get to a point of what it is we can actually accomplish in The Bahamas and what we can have in The Bahamas.” Minister Thompson said although Estonia is ranked number 12 out of 190 economies in the Ease of Doing Business index, they are completely “unsatisfied” with where they are today.“They can incorporate a company in less than 20 minutes but they are pushing to get to the next level. Let us learn from them and let us not limit ourselves to them,” said Minister Thompson. According to World Bank ratings, The Bahamas is ranked 118 in the Ease of Doing Business index.
Participants in sessions to date include representatives of the following: the Department of Information Technology, the Office of the Attorney General and Ministry of Legal Affairs, the Parliamentary Registration Department, the National Insurance Board, the Royal Bahamas Police Force, the Royal Bahamas Defence Force.Presentations will also be made to the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis and the Cabinet of The Bahamas.