The vision of the Ministry of Public Telecommunications is to develop a knowledge based and educated society which is globally competitive and productive, and giving rise to the strategic placement of Guyana as the ICT hub within the region.
Vital to this process is the development of an enabling environment for the creation of a viable ICT private sector that will create wealth, employment and contribute significantly to Guyana’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
The E-Government Unit is a driver in the delivery of greater quality and efficiency of public services. The Unit is key to realising modernization in the public sector and development of a digital knowledge-based society. Formally set up in 2010, its main function was to oversee the development of the E-Government Network comprising 54LTE sites, a fibre optic backbone and a data centre. Government in the third quarter of 2015 undertook a major overhaul in the E-Government, encompassing a more long term vision and wider purposes.
Following Cabinet’s decision in December 2016, to bring the eGovernment Agency under the aegis of the National Data Management Authority (NDMA); the NDMA is now responsible for implementing the eGovernment programme within the Ministry of Public Telecommunications.
Under the stewardship of the newly gazetted Authority, chaired by Mr. Floyd Levi – the combined staff of the two Agencies will continue to advance the national eGovernment agenda while also fulfilling NDMA’s mandate.
The Ministry of Public Telecommunications (MOPT) recognises that a modern legal environment is critical for the growth of ICT focused enterprises. Guyana will be unable to position themselves as a credible offshore provider of ICT and other knowledge based services unless our potential clients are comfortable to our intellectual assets are protected. Comprehensive intellectual property therefore is fundamental, critical for the development of a successful knowledge economy. The MOPT, in collaboration with the Ministry of Business and Education, will begin the review of the current intellectual property legislation and seek to coordinate efforts to update it in keeping with the requirements of a 21st century business environment.
The E-Commerce/e-transaction legislation will support the ability of businesses to conducting business related transaction in the internet space with the legal protection and validation that will benefit both parties. Cybersecurity policy will support businesses as they protect their ICT infrastructure from illegal intrusions.
Information and communications technologies enable a whole new wave of exciting and innovative services to be delivered to citizens, business and visitors. At the foundation of this revolution are the telecommunications networks which form the underlying transport mechanism for these services. From education, commerce and medical services to communications and entertainment a transformational change to a new economy and way of life has evolved in the 21st century.
In this fundamental component of the sector, the Ministry works with telecommunications operators, service providers and other stakeholders to realize the objective of universal, affordable access to modern telecommunications services for all.
Industry and Innovation,
Education and Outreach
The Government of Guyana believes that technology has a powerful ability to transform nearly every sector of Guyana’s economy and is committed to harnessing that power as a tool for national development and improving the lives of all Guyanese.While the Government pursues liberalization of ICT industry legislatively to provide Guyanese with more access to technology, this unit’s primary goal is to develop the initiatives and related programmes to educate and prepare Guyanese people to use and to compete in a globalized world that is growing more and more dependent on ICT. It’s envisioned that these outreach programmes and initiatives, which will include more robust efforts on the development of marginalized people, like low income and rural women, will lead to the creation of more jobs, generate revenue, wealth and contribute significantly to the national GDP.