Govt. to borrow $30 million from IDB to launch digital transformation

Prime Minister, Dr. Hubert Minnis.

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – In an effort to transform the civil service, the government intends to borrow $30 million from the Inter-American development bank to digitalize public offices and services

A resolution to borrow the funds was moved in the House of Assembly on Wednesday afternoon by Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis.

The prime minister said the money will mainly be used to focus on the key areas of improving the level of customer service satisfaction, expansion of online services and employee training and empowerment.

“We must make government work for the people, instead of the people working for the government,” the prime minister said.

“Our services must become more efficient, easier to access, transparent and faster. But not just for business, but also for every Bahamian.”

The prime minister said it is his government’s intention to completely transform the civil service and his administration’s goal is to eventually move to a cashless system.

“There will be consultations with the public and public officers in order to bring about this much-needed transformation,” the prime minister said.