LETTER: Concerns Regarding Expenditure on Cordless Kiosks Initiative. US $4 million!!!!!!

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Concerns Regarding Expenditure on Cordless Kiosks Initiative

The Editor; Antigua Newsroom.

Dear Editor,

I hope this letter finds you well.

I am writing to express my concerns regarding the recent announcement made by Tourism Minister Max Fernandez regarding the installation of cordless kiosks in Antigua, as reported in your publication.

While I appreciate the government’s commitment to enhancing the tourism experience, the disclosed sum of 4 million US dollars for this venture raises questions that merit careful consideration.

In his statement, Minister Fernandez emphasized the importance of expedited installation, citing the expected surge in visitors for 2024, including events such as the SIDS conference and the World Cup cricket.

While I acknowledge the potential benefits of the cordless kiosks in streamlining entry processes and reducing wait times, the substantial financial investment demands a thorough examination.

These kiosks are literally ipad’s on stands. A quick google search tells me that they can be bought and installed for as low as $1500 to as high as $5000.

Exactly how many of these kiosks does Antigua intend to purchase?

Who are the suppliers? How did the government find this supplier? Was the order put out to ender and advertised locally regionally and internationally?

What is the cost of the hardware? What is the cost for the software? Does the cost include maintenance?

In an era where fiscal responsibility is paramount, the allocation of such a significant amount of public funds for a single initiative requires transparent justification.

It is essential for the government to provide a detailed breakdown of the projected costs and a comprehensive analysis of the expected return on investment.

Additionally, clarity on the selection process for the contractor and the technology involved would contribute to public confidence in the decision-making process.

Given the economic challenges faced globally, it is crucial for our government to prioritize expenditures judiciously and ensure that every dollar spent contributes substantially to the well-being and prosperity of the nation.

As taxpayers, we have a vested interest in understanding the necessity and cost-effectiveness of projects such as the cordless kiosks initiative.

I respectfully urge the government to offer more transparency on the financial aspects of this venture to alleviate concerns and foster a sense of trust among the citizens.

A detailed explanation of how this initiative aligns with broader economic and tourism strategies would go a long way in reassuring the public about the prudence of this significant financial commitment.

Thank you for your attention to this matter, and I look forward to continued coverage of the developments surrounding this initiative.

Sincerely,

Never Travelled

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