Canada donates 25 computers to Attorney General’s Dept

Thursday, November 10, 2016

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THE Attorney General’s Department has been provided with 25 new desktop and laptop computers under the Government of Canada-funded Justice Undertaking for Social Transformation (JUST) Programme.

The computers, along with backup storage devices and a projector, form part of the programme’s Can$19.8-million business process reform and technical assistance provision, being facilitated through Canada’s Global Affairs Initiative.

They will replace the existing computers being used by the staff which have become outdated. Staff members will also be provided with training in the use of the state-of-the-art equipment.

The computers were presented to Attorney General Marlene Malahoo Forte by Canadian High Commissioner to Jamaica Sylvain Fabà at a ceremony held Tuesday at her office in New Kingston.

Also attending the presentation was Justice Minister Delroy Chuck, who welcomed the computers. He said they will facilitate connectivity between the Attorney General’s Department and the various ministries and their departments and agencies, as well as the courts.

Noting the department’s pivotal role in the administration of governance and justice, Chuck said the provisions will serve to enhance that office’s efficiency and improve its service delivery.

Expressing gratitude for the equipment, Malahoo Forte described her department as the "unsung hero" of the justice system.

"We carry the lion’s share of the work in Government. The donations you are making are critical to our work [and will result in] greater efficiency in our systems that will enable us to better serve the people," she said.

The attorney general also cited the long-standing partnership between Jamaica and Canada, which she said has resulted in positive strides being recorded locally, particularly in the justice sector.

In his remarks, Fabà said Canada remains committed to partnering with Jamaica to further advance the country’s justice system.

The provision of computers and accessories to the Attorney General’s Department is the second to be made under the Can$19.8-million business process reform and technical assistance facility within a week.

It follows the presentation of 15 desktop computers, along with a high-density server, data backup and storage, and firewall protection devices to the Supreme Court last week.

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