- November 22, 2019
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A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed on Friday 15 November by Minister of Public Telecommunications, Cathy Hughes; Vice Chancellor, University of Guyana Professor Paloma Mohamed; and Executive Secretary, Beverley Pyle, National Commission on Disability. The venue was the Boardroom of Colgrain House.
Minister Catherine Hughes
Signing of this MOU is forward movement along the path to fulfilling the promises made to Guyanese people living with Disabilities. Government has taken an ‘all-in’ approach in order to:-
- Bring PwDs into the mainstream of public life – in the workplace and socially
- Ensure they have the same opportunities to learn and earn
- Ensure that they have access to web content via programmes and software specially designed for their use
MoPT’s direct interventions began with preparations for Budget 2019. This Ministry put forward the proposal for Import tax and VAT exemptions on retrofitted vehicles and smart phones for people with certain disabilities. It was passed in Parliament in December 2018.
In June 2019, the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) activated the new Tax Exemption policy for Disabled Persons. By then, the UN had sanctioned the Sustainable Development Goals 2030. Goal #9 says that Easy Access to the Internet is now a Human Right.
The next step was the Train-the-Trainers programme which the Ministry executed in July in collaboration with the ITU. The first week of training was led by specialists from the ITU, and the remaining 4 weeks or tutelage was conducted online.
Professor Dr. Michael Scott, Office of Academic Achievement, University of Guyana
We live in a society in which many people have limitations/disabilities so it is imperative that we do everything in our power to help these persons to rise above their limitations. The Academic Department is always willing to take on challenges such as this.
The University has made this commitment to continue the training initiative for web designers and creators of ICT products to facilitate people living with certain disabilities or limitations to consume web content either audially, visually, by touch use or other senses.