REMARKS LAUNCH OF MOPT’S 2019 HACKATHON

Digital Solutions for Sustainable Livelihood, e-Learning and Security

9:30 on Thursday, November 28, 2019

Resident Representative, Jairo Valverde Bermudez

Hon. Catherine Hughes, Minister of Public Telecommunications

Permanent Secretary and other Colleagues from the Ministry of Public Telecommunications

Hackathon Participants

Members of the Media

Ladies and Gentlemen

UNDP is very pleased to be supporting this innovation challenge to design digital solutions under the ICT Access and e-Services for Hinterland, Poor and Remote Communities (HPRCs) project.

The ICT for HPRCs project seeks to make available at least 200 public e-Services to more than 580,000 persons living in Hinterland, Poor and Remote Communities by establishing 200 ICT Hubs in these communities.

I would also like to emphasize that this project, which complements the transformative work that the Ministry of Public Telecommunications is already doing, will contribute toward the achievement of the ‘leave no one behind’ objective of Agenda 2030 and to a number of the Sustainable Development Goals, including: Goal  1 – No Poverty; Goal 3- Good Health and Well-Being; Goal 4 – Quality Education; Goal 9 – Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure; and Goal 10 – Reduced Inequality.

Indeed, some of the expected benefits of this project are:

  1. A decreased digital and developmental gap between coastal and hinterland, poor and remote communities of Guyana;
  2. Improved delivery of public health, education, security, administration and other government services;
  • Hinterland integration of the village economy at the regional, national, and international levels;
  1. Inclusive and equitable economic growth; and
  2. Poverty reduction.

In addition, while certainly not carbon neutral, recent research and data suggest that ICTs, if strategically deployed and used, can rapidly offset their own carbon footprint by helping to reduce emissions in other areas and sectors of the economy. Given Guyana’s geography and the challenges in accessing hinterland and remote communities, many times only by air travel, it is straightforward to appreciate the emissions reduction potential of this project.

We wish to commend the Ministry of Public Telecommunications for their promotion of creativity and encouragement of innovation in problem solving. Activities such as Hackathons and ‘Code Sprints’ allow for practical solutions to many development challenges.

Today’s hackathon is intended to provide digital solutions in the areas of Sustainable Livelihood, e-Learning and Security.

We look forward to working with the winners of this Innovation Challenge, who would be granted the opportunity to scale up their prototype to provide not only effective solutions to address national priorities but also to demonstrate to stakeholders and public institutions the potential impact of using ICTs to deliver public services.

UNDP encourages similar initiatives under our  innovation facility that supports challenges and the establishment of innovations labs with Governments to re-design public service delivery, explore sources of financing and generally to support the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

UNDP looks forward to our continued partnership with you as we work towards the successful implementation of this project in our quest to empower lives and build a resilient nation.

 

Thank you!



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