One standard motor vehicle registration and license system to be implemented Print E-mail
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Thursday, 15 June 2017 00:00

For the most part, the process of acquiring any form of driver’s license or vehicle registration has been anything but a uniform and cohesive process. Up until now, there were 9 different systems for the 9 different municipalities but since the latest Belizean-Taiwanese venture, all of that will change.  The Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) has been the spearhead in this USD $2.8 million project. The project is a 4-year joint partnership on e-government so that the Belizean citizenry will be able to enjoy a more effective and efficient transport service.

On June 8, 2017, the Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the Taiwanese Ambassador, H. E. Charles K. Y. Liu, and Financial Secretary, Joseph Waight of the Ministry of Finance. The MoU is for the e-government initiative “Belize Motor Vehicle Registration and License System” (BMVRALS).  The intent of the 4-year-project is to make the current, decentralized system one that will be integrated and centralized by the end of its two phases. The current systems work independent of each other leaving room for inefficient record management and data sharing. The new system will be implemented in the entire country to digitize transport services.

Taiwan and Belize have already successfully established various ICT projects such as the inauguration of the National ICT Centre which is currently being hosted by the Central Information Technology Office (CITO). Another successful initiative was the import license and permit system. The ICT experts, according to Ambassador Liu, will have the task of nationally managing functions of the transport system to make Belize a safer and more enjoyable environment. Hon. Edmund Castro, whose portfolio this falls under, was appreciative of the collaborative effort between the Customs and Excise, Police, and Transport Departments as well as CITO.

The Taiwanese Embassy made a donation to the Belize Electronic Licenses and Permits System Project (BELAPS). The donation was received by CITO, Chief Technology Officer, Michael Singh. The BELAPS will be launched in the second half of this year. According to Singh, there will be a digital transformation to ensure transparency, efficiency, and seamless implementation.