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Falkland Islands Government IT Service to be Outsourced

Falkland Islands Government IT Service to be Outsourced to Private Sector

By J. Brock (FINN)

A contract for the provision of IT services to Government has been struck between the Falkland Islands Government and Synergy Information Systems Ltd.

The contract, signed this week following formal approval by Executive Council, involves the management of the Governments IT network infrastructure and user support and results in the transfer of more than 80% of Government IT work to the local private sector.

MLA Ian Hansen, the portfolio holder for Central Services said, This is a milestone for FIG, IT is a major service that is being outsourced to the private sector. The Falkland Islands Government is very pleased to be able to award this contract to a local company and we look forward to seeing improvements in the service provided across FIG.

The Managing Director, Nikki Buxton, said We are thrilled to be taking this step in the evolution of the company and look forward to the challenges ahead. Our on-going business model is to continue to provide IT support to all our customers as well as FIG, and preparations are underway to expand our workforce to support this contract.

Synergy Information Systems Ltd currently provides IT support for approximately 80% of Stanley based private sector businesses, and has carried out a number of Government contracts since 1996.

The services have been contracted to Synergy for a period of five years with the contract due to commence on 1st January 2014.

This follows a decision earlier this year for the Governments network to be hosted by Sure.

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