St. Vincent [SVG] Government implements electronic payment services

Government of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) introduces electronic payment services

The Government of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) pilots its point-of-sale payment system for a number of its services.

From October 25, 2022, citizens will be able to pay for services using credit and debit cards at Customs and Excise, the Department of Inland Revenue and the Office of Commerce and Intellectual Property (OPIC).

To benefit from this enhanced payment service, citizens are still required to have a valid ID.

The Government of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (GOSVG) is currently implementing the World Bank-funded Caribbean Digital Transformation Project and has identified the development of digital government services for citizens as a key priority. Additionally, the government will soon launch its interim electronic payment platform GOVPAY which can be used to pay for a number of online services.

The piloting and deployment of these services is part of the government’s digital transformation axis aimed at improving the user experience of citizens accessing public services and improving the efficiency of the government’s internal operations.

There are currently a few services that are onboard the platform. Currently, Consultancy Associates Ltd. Hong Kong provides consulting services for the assessment, design and development of technical specifications for a large-scale electronic payment platform.

These services are expected to impact all citizens, especially those living in the Grenadines, North Windward and North Leeward, enabling consumers to access services and information without costly and time-consuming physical travel.

The Digital Transformation Project will strongly focus on eight (8) main components which are as follows: Data Protection, Cyber ​​Security, Single Window for Land and Real Estate Transactions, Single Window for Trade Facilitation, e-Government Architecture, online tax, unique digital identification. and electronic payments.

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