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Date: July 23, 2013 at 13:24:00
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ST. GEORGE'S, GRENADA, July 16, 2013 - GIS: Government is making it easier to enable information and forms to be filed electronically, with the passing of the Electronic Filing Bill 2013 in the Senate on Wednesday 10 July.

It comes on the heels of the launch of the front end Tax E-services System, which will enable tax payers to do business with the Inland Revenue Division online.

The bill was brought by Leader of Government Business, Senator Kenny Lalsingh, who said, its part of a responsible government’s move to modernise operations. “Many of these countries are ahead of Grenada and we cannot sit back and don’t get modern,” said Leader of Government Business in the Senate, Sen. Kenny Lalsingh.

“We cannot sit back and don’t put in place legislations that will protect our people”.

Simon Stiell, the Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, said, the intention is to make life easier for people in Grenada, Carriacou and Petit Martinique.

He said, as an incoming government, the urgency of the bill was reviewed from the consultations that were done, and wills and passports are among some of the exemptions. “We saw the relevance of this, which is why we are forceful in pushing this thing forward, bearing in mind, extensive consultations have been taking place since June of 2009”, Sen. Stiell said.
Further consultations were done with the Bar Association and other groups to validate the work that was done under the previous administration.
Neighbouring islands have enacted similar bills since 2001.

Private Sector Representative, Senator Chris De Allie is particularly pleased about the introduction of the Electronic Filing Bill, given the expenses incurred to keep paper trail.

Sen. De Allie believes Grenada is playing the catch up game, noting the number of transactions taking place already over the electronic medium, such as buying and selling and trading of ideas and information.

He said, the newly introduced E- Taxation is also welcomed by the Private Sector.

Sen. De Allie said, he sees no reason why the country should be paying additional cost of not having access to these technologies that can save us in time and monies.

As this bill seeks to create ease of transaction for people, Senator Winston Garraway, the Parliamentary Secretary with Responsibility for Information, reemphasized that it supports government’s move into a new economy.

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