KINGSTON, Jamaica— Senator Dr Dana Morris Dixon, Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister with direct oversight for Skills and Digital Transformation, has rubbished claims that the Government plans to go cashless.
Speaking on Sunday at a Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Area Council 1 meeting held at Girl Guides headquarters in Kingston, Morris Dixon described the claim as propaganda.
"Don't listen to propaganda. Nobody believes in cashless, there is no such thing. You have to have cash. Why we would change out the notes then? There is no plan to go cashless in Jamaica. Absolutely no plan," Senator Morris Dixon said.
"All we are saying when you have big amounts of money don't walk with it, just transfer it in some way. That's what we're saying. We're not saying anything about no cash. And that's just propaganda. And we have to stand firm and understand what are the policies of our party," she added.
She explained to the party supporters that the Government is on a digital transformation mission.
"And so digital transformation is really just all about how we respect people, how we get efficiency in Government and how we carry everybody on the train. You saw it during COVID we give all our children tablets. That is technology. Because our children must not feel that only American children can have tablets, they must have tablets too. And so digital transformation again is only about efficiency and respect for people," she said.
She also noted that some post offices will become digital service centres.
"We know some people are not big on the technology, we know, but they have to feel a part of it. They really have to feel like they can do it. And that's why you're gonna hear a lot about what we're going to do in the post offices. So some of the post offices are gonna become digital service centres for you to put more things online for you to access,” the senator said.
She continued: “There'll be young people in the post offices, they'll have computers and kiosks. You want a passport, you don’t have to go to passport office, you just go to the post office and a young person helps you with that. Even if you don't know about technology we're gonna bring you with us. We can carry you on the train, everybody come on the train. It is not for some, it is for everybody. Nobody's being left off of the train. And so my commitment to you is that everything we're doing, we're doing it to help you make your life easier."