The government yesterday launched the Bahamas Electronic Cabinet Management Information System (BECMIS), or E-Cabinet, which is expected to streamline the managerial operations of the Cabinet Office.
It is the latest of the government’s digital transformation initiatives launched in recent weeks.
Key features of the BECMIS include its ability to automate the Cabinet; increase the efficiency of Cabinet approval processes; reduce the government’s carbon footprint by eliminating the use of paper; and enable document tracking and provide live updates about access to the system, thereby improving transparency.
“This system was customized for the specific needs of the Cabinet and the Cabinet Office. Permanent secretaries will submit online, ministers will sign online and memoranda will be disseminated digitally, making the delivery of bundles of paper unnecessary,” Minister of State for Finance Kwasi Thompson said during a virtual press conference.
“BECMIS is a collaborative tool for communication between key stakeholders and authorized users 24/7 and 365 days of the year. Ministers will be able to comment on the memoranda prior to the meetings advancing their queries, opinions or support whether or not they are in country, saving time during the actual meeting. Issues may be addressed and memoranda amended prior to the meeting and submission to the prime minister.”
The prime minister, ministers, the secretary to the Cabinet, permanent secretaries and other authorized users will also have mobile access to the new platform.
The government has pledged to make over 200 of its services available online within the next five years.
Digital transformation has been touted as a key improvement toward the ease of doing business in The Bahamas and growing the economy.