Jamaica Gleaner / Project Director for National Identification System (NIDS) Warren Vernon says the system will pay for itself at the end of the project.

The government is taking out a loan of US$68 million to finance the implementation of NIDs.

Addressing concerns about the cost of NIDs to the country at a town-hall meeting last night, Vernon said Jamaica will benefit in the long run.

He underscored that in addition to a national identification system, the government information technology infrastructure will also get an upgrade.

This, he said, will result in better government services.

The NIDs project director said a cost-benefit analysis using government data show that NIDs will result in savings in the long run of about US$5 million.

  NIDs Project Director, Warren Vernon


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