The Ministry of National Security has announced an expansion of the e-commerce delivery pilot, ENDS for this weekend. 

The pilot is set to go live in Kingston, St. Andrew and St. James tomorrow, Friday April 2, 2021. 

Minister without portfolio in the National Security Ministry, Matthew Samuda, says it’s all systems go for the launch at 5 p.m.

Tauna Thomas reports.

Minister Samuda says the list of approved providers for the Corporate Area and St. James will be accessible to the public on the ENDS website tomorrow evening. 

He says he expects a gradual increase in the number of vendors participating as the weekend progresses.

As the pilot comes to the Corporate Area and St. James, the Minister says Portmore’s pilot will be expanded to include grocery stores and pharmacies.

The Minister is urging pan chicken and small operators to get the necessary paperwork in order to be able to participate in the ENDS system. 

He says the government remains committed to an inclusive system.

He provided a breakdown of the documentation required to register.

He’s anticipating that the online registration portal will facilitate full automation by Wednesday, April 7 and all businesses operating within pilot parishes will be able to apply for participation.

Minister Samuda says his Ministry believes the Portmore launch was a success, despite two robbery incidents.

He’s assuring participants that the police will be on alert to provide protection as the pilot comes to the Corporate Area and St. James.

Minister Samuda says he expects to brief Prime Minister Holness next Wednesday on the state of ENDS readiness, after which an announcement is expected of the date of the full national roll out.