Microsoft and GOB sign MOU to minimize corruption Print E-mail
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Thursday, 29 June 2017 00:00

Belize’s 10 year relationship with Microsoft has recently experienced an additional new feature. On June 22, 2017, the Government of Belize entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the software company, the largest of its kind in the world. Although Belize has always been a Microsoft customer, we have never before been a customer in this light.The latest relationship will serve in reaching the government’s National Digital Transformation Goals. The company, through the Central Information and Technology Office (CITO), will develop the country’s e-government capacity. According to Angelo Chirico, General Manager of Microsoft Service for Latin America, this partnership will enable government offices to increase efficiency and effectiveness while being practical and economical.

Apart from being cost effective, the system will help to combat corruption within various government departments and offices. The Rt. Hon. Prime Minister Dean Barrow shed some light on this aspect; “the plans to switch to digital technology should also visibly assist in the combating of corruption by minimizing the human agency and personality elements in the interaction between citizen and public officer.” Because there would now be minimal interaction, time, money, and vulnerabilities are considered, saved, and avoided.

At the head table were the Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber, Hon. Frank Mena, Financial Secretly Joseph Waight, Angelo Chirico, and CEO  Michael Singh, CITO representative.

The formal signing of the Memorandum was conducted by the Prime Minister, on behalf of the Governemt of Belize, and Angelo Chirico, on behalf of Microsoft.

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 June 2017 16:57