The Bahamian government intends to borrow $30 million from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to strengthen its digital infrastructure and support the rollout of the Freedom of Information Act, according to reports by The Nassau Guardian.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Peter Turnquest tabled a resolution in the House last Wednesday outlining the details.

He said the loan will assist in “providing support for the implementation of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) which includes: developing and implementing a master plan for the rollout of FOIA; providing technical support for the set-up and operation of the office of the information commissioner; conducting training to information managers to enhance transparency in public sector entities; and enhancing inter-institutional coordination to effectively implement FOIA provisions”.

The loan is also expected to help in “designing and implementing a government cloud computing service that will allow government agencies to access a shared e-government infrastructure and applications”.

The government intends to update the citizen portal and place government procedures online and implement key tools for the provision of government digital services including “digital identity, digital signature, online payment, business process manager and document management”.

The loan will also see the “digitizing of government’s procedures related to property registration; computerizing government’s procedures related to setting up a business; designing and implementing an information management platform to enhance the transparency of budget information and public expenditures”.

Turnquest said the resolution will be debated at the earliest opportunity. (Nassau Guardian)