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