Guyana’s ICT sector in a much better state under Coalition – President Granger

President David Granger today re-stated his administration’s commitment to providing financial resources for further development of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector in Guyana, with special emphasis on bridging the divide between the Hinterland and Coastland.

The President was speaking to the media on the sidelines of the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU)/MOPT Caribbean ICT Roadshow being hosted at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre (ACCC) from Monday 9 to Friday 13 Juy, 2018.

He pointed out the numerous initiatives being implemented by the Ministry of Public Telecommunications and its supporting agencies, all to ensure that ICT access is made available to citizens across the country, citing the ICT Access and e-Services for Hinterland Poor and Remote Communities, and the eGovernment ICT Community Hub Projects as current examples.

The Head of State reiterated that Government is also receiving tremendous support from its international partners saying, “People realise that we are serious; people realise that Guyana is not an island and that we have spatial challenges which are different from the island states (of the Caribbean”.

He also made reference to the support given by the government of the People’s Republic of China, particularly towards the One Laptop per Teacher initiative in 2016. President Granger went on to express optimism that support of this kind would continue since the nation is proceeding on the right path, especially as it relates to ICT development.

“The creation of the Ministry of Public Telecommunications in 2016, ” he said, “was a good move. We are now in a much better state in 2018 than we were before 2015”.

The Head of State added that Government, through the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), has established a strong regional broadcasting system to ensure that citizens living and working in remote and hinterland districts also have access to information and communication services.

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