- July 9, 2018
- Posted by: Admin
- Category: News
The joint Ministry of Public Telecommunications (MOPT) and Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Roadshow got underway today at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre (ACCC).
President David Granger, delivering the feature address, stressed that the digital state which is the goal of this administration, will foster economic development, revolutionise the education and health sectors, and enable our business community to thrive and compete. The application of ICTs, he said, will add value to primary production and ensure that our Made-in-Guyana produce will enjoy wider, easier access to internal and external markets.
“ICT effectively deployed, is a manifestation of technological progress, good fostering of innovation and consequently, economic growth,” the Head of State pointed out.
More importantly, he said, digital technology improves the delivery of public services to citizens, who within the coming years will no longer have to travel outside their Regions to file income tax returns, or apply for passports and birth certificates, among other services.
The educational value of the digital state, the president added, can be encapsulated in the phrase: “Log on, look, listen and learn”.
He went on: “The ICT sector requires brain power; the Public Education system is being reconfigured to focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) to create the human resources Guyana needs for a competitive ICT sector”.
In delivering her official welcome to the many attendees and the visiting CTU/FAO delegation of experts, Minister, Catherine Hughes said that the ICT Roadshow offers an awesome opportunity for persons to be informed about modern global technological trends.
“Through an array of quality presentations in e-Agriculture, new financial payment systems, ICTs for persons with disabilities, the development and use of new apps that will make our lives easier, glimpses of the technological trends of the future … you have an awesome opportunity to receive the most modern information currently available,” she noted.
Secretary-General, CTU, Bernadette Lewis in her remarks noted that each roadshow is uniquely crafted for the advancement of the host country. This one being held in Guyana is the first in the CTU’s new series intended to harness the power of innovation.
The CTU Roadshow since its first staging in 2009, has been held 23 times in 18 member countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. It was deigned to raise awareness of the absolute benefits of ICTs and engender transformation, just as she has observes is happening in Guyana. The Roadshow’s main objectives are:-
1. To be the catalyst for digital change in each country
2. Promote innovation by sparking the imaginations of ordinary citizens to transform their lives
3. Dispel the fears citizens may have about using technologies
At the ACCC throughout the week, workshops are being held on e-Agriculture, 21st Century Government (the delivery of public services via the faster, efficiency of the internet), Data Analytics, Cyber Crime and Security, and more.
On Wednesday, July 11, Minister Hughes, Ministers Gaskin and Allico will accompany the FAO/CTU delegation on a visit to the Bina Hill Institute at Annai, Rupununi for an ICT Forum for the residents.
A Youth Fair and Exhibition is slated for Friday, July 13, and on the following day, a special e-agriculture forum will take place at the Nand Persaud Contact Centre at #36 Village, Corentyne in Region Six with local farmers. A new app – the Agriculture Products Trade Exchange will be unveiled.