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Students Earn Top Marks for TAMIS Assistance

For Release Upon Receipt - Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Student volunteers in the pilot Digital Ambassadors Acceleration Programme (DAAP) have gained top marks for assisting the public in registering for Barbados’s new online tax system.

“One hundred per cent of the evaluations [of students deployed] were positive,” reported Minister of Innovation, Science and Smart Technology, Senator Kay McConney. “You have shown that . . . once you have training and support, this generation can deliver 100 per cent to the people of Barbados, if only we commit to it.”

She was speaking last Friday at a training workshop and presentation of certificates of participation to students who volunteered to help employees sign up for the Tax Administration Management Information System (TAMIS), being administered by the Barbados Revenue Authority (BRA).

The DAAP programme is an initiative of the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Smart Technology. The pilot project involves Cave Hill students assisting taxpayers to register for the online tax system.

Nearly 100 students indicated an interested in participating in the initiative, 72 of whom completed the training which focused on learning TAMIS and customer service, among other issues.


McConney pointed out that evaluations noted the students made the registration process “pleasant and enjoyable” as well as “efficient and satisfying.”

The senator also added that there were other projects through which the students might assist with the government’s continuing digitization thrust.

Manager of Communications and Public Relations at the Barbados Revenue Authority, Carolyn Williams-Gayle, also thanked the students for their hard work with the roll-out of individual registration.

“You have been consummately professional in all of your dealings with us, from the training sessions, to your deployment at the various centres and I commend you. The interest shown in this initiative far surpassed our initial projections,” she stated. “Remember however, that your interest has to move to action, so take advantage of the opportunities to contribute to Barbados’ social capital.”

Deputy Principal of The UWI Cave Hill, Professor Clive Landis, lauded the Minister of Innovation, Science and Smart Technology for conceiving of the Digital Acceleration Ambassador Program.

“For our part, we are privileged to be conducting the first pilot. This is the type of community service project Cave Hill Campus has always participated in [throughout] our 56-year history. Ensuing from the Digital Ambassadors Training Program, we envisage TAMIS tax registration clinics in communities not only to help foster the digital transformation of the economy, but also to help build bridges across Barbadian society: between our university students and communities; between younger and older generations; between digital natives and non-natives,” he said.


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