Database launched in BVI for coordinated physical development

Government of BVI (GIS), BVI, October 5th, 2012 - Now that the Planning Database has been officially handed over to the Government of the Virgin Islands, the Territory will benefit from an improved development application process, and ultimately better coordinated physical development throughout the islands.

The planning database was officially handed over on Thursday from the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) to the Premier’s Office and the Town and Country Planning Department (TCPD), the Government agencies responsible for physical planning and development control.Premier and Minister of Finance Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith, OBE  signs the certificate during the handover ceremony for the planning database  while Executive Director of CDEMA Mr. Jeremy Collymore looks on. Also  pictured on Premier Smith’s left is Deputy Chief Planner Mr. Ronald Beard.

The database project was funded under the Comprehensive Disaster Management Harmonized Implementation Programme (CDM-HIP), through CDEMA.

The database, developed by local company SYSTAR, is being used to collect and monitor all development applications by linking all Government agencies that play an integral role in development. This is in addition to external stakeholders such as developers and individual applicants, giving them the ability to track their applications in real time.

During his remarks at the handover ceremony at the Premier’s Conference Room, Premier and Minister of Finance Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith, OBE said, “We are here today in this formal exchange to signal our continued progress interconnecting our departments and digitising the services we provide to our customers.”

He also said the system is ideal with the increased demand for planning development.

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