THE Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) has officially launched a revamped website which will provide information on the work of the various entities under that office as well as provide updates on various projects being undertaken by the Portia Simpson Miller-led Government.
Minister with responsibility for Information Senator Sandrea Falconer said Wednesday that the new-look website will facilitate increased access to public information.
"The OPM website is recognised as a key communication tool for the government," Falconer told reporters as the weekly Jamaica House press briefing at the OPM in Kingston.
Some features of the website, which was designed by the Jamaica Information Service, which is also responsible for its maintenance, include news releases originating from the OPM; profiles of the prime minister and Cabinet ministers and policies and programmes of the Government.
The website also provides a history of Jamaica House, a virtual tour of the facilities and covers issues surrounding protocols, national emblems and symbols, among several others.
"There is also a library of speeches and a section on tenders and invitation for tenders so people understand what we are doing," Falconer said. "We also have the Citizens Charter and we have a section so that people can put in information if they want to ask a question so they know how to contact us," she added.
She explained further that persons visiting the website will also be able to get information on the Cabinet secretary as well as permanent secretaries in the various ministries, as well as agencies under the OPM.
"It's a work in progress; we are going to do some more photo shoots so that persons can see the inner workings and offices of Jamaica House," Falconer said.
Other offerings include links to social media and other Government websites, as well as live streaming of the weekly Jamaica House press briefing; sittings of Parliament; and an improved and more easily navigated photo gallery.
"One feature that we are working on, which we hope will facilitate the media (is to) update the website in real time," Falconer said.
Quizzed as to the need for all Jamaicans to have access to Internet service in order to assess information such as this website, Falconer said there is enough funds available through the Universal Service Fund to make this possible. "There is money in the Fund to provide Internet access across the island to ensure that as many Jamaicans, especially young people, that if they don't have it in their homes there is a place they can go to and get Internet service," Falconer said.
The website can be accessed at www.opm.gov.jm.