January 15, 2020

On Wednesday 15 January, Head of the Geology & Mines Commission (GGMC) signed an MOU with the Ministry of Public Telecommunications’ Industry and Innovation Department.  This collaboration is specifically to host a GGMC-specific Hackathon during this first quarter of 2020.

According to Commissioner, Newell Dennison, his agency is intent on enhancing the quality of services the Commission provides to its clientele, stakeholders, customers and the public service.  MOPT sees the opportunity to involve more of Guyana’s young ICT skills to resolve public service delivery issues.
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Mr. Dennison signed the Agreement alongside MOPT’s Permanent Secretary Derrick Cummings, GGMC’s Deputy Commissioner Dianne McDonald, and MOPT’s Training Coordinator Donnella Collison.

In brief remarks, the Commissioner said that everything is being done by GGMC to ensure the mining sector continues to develop, and that it will grow faster and more efficiently with the integration of Information Technology, especially to capture and analyse data, and with a dedicated, user-friendly online platform.

MOPT Cathy Hughes had said in a recent interview that every MOPT event results in a working product which addresses community and national challenges.  The most recent is the online Farmers Market which was developed by Innovative Systems, winner of the Ministry’s 48-hour Hackathon in 2017.  That app has been in refinement since then, and was first introduced to the Guyanese public during the Caribbean Telecommunications Union’s (CTU) Roadshow held in Guyana in 2018.

MOPT and InnoSys have since been training NAREI Extension Officers, field staff in the Agriculture Ministry and the New GMC, and farmers, in the uses and benefits of the farm produce online market platform.  Supermarket owners and large-scale food producers have also been familiarized with the app.