Budget 2019 Recognises Important Role of ICT

… $4B for Innovation, Social Growth & to create Opportunities

“Every country’s greatest asset is its human capital. This government continues to make good on our promise to advance and broaden the scope of opportunities for our youths, and we believe that ICTs will become the most influential force of change”. Minister Catherine Hughes

Budget 2019 connects Guyanese to their Future

“Human capital, our most precious asset, is the central driver of sustainable growth and poverty reduction. Despite some progress (and investments), significant gaps are leaving us still poorly prepared for what lies ahead. Government recognizes that by improving the skills, health, knowledge and resilience of our most precious asset, people, citizens would become more productive, flexible and innovative.” Minister Winston Jordan

“Tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it TODAY!”
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  • Bonds between MoPT & MOE to strengthen in 2019 as Robotics is introduced to primary and secondary schools’ curricula
  • Continuation of intensive training of children and youths in general Computer Literacy, Coding and Programming, Robotics, Animation and Artificial Intelligence … approximately 1400 already received at least basic training in schools, tech clubs and Code Camps
  • Continued focus on female students (primary to University) to encourage them to enter and excel in the ICT field
  • Continuation of school-based initiatives e.g. distribution of Math, Literacy and Robotics Kits to Primary and Secondary students to enhance their IT, Mathematical & Critical Thinking skills
  • SMART classroom programme to be extended throughout the country with Santa Rosa and Paramakatoi Secondary among priority schools; Waramadong and Kato completed
  • Learning Resource Centers outfitted at Mabaruma, Bartica, Kato & Lethem that will also enhance teacher training
  • Budget 2019 provides a further $52.2B to education sector to address disparities incl. bridging the quality gap between coastal and hinterland education delivery
  • Continuation of upgrades of IT Labs in schools, targeting Regions 4 and 6
  • Investments in Curriculum reform and STEAM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Mathematics) to ready youths for the changing nature of work in an increasingly digital era

In 2018, MoPT provided equipment for secure, reliable internet access to:
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  • 116 Government ministries and Agencies to improve internal operations and quality of service to citizens
  • 79 Public Internet Access Points (PIAPS)
  • 175 Primary Schools
  • 108 Secondary Schools (Kato and Orealla Secondary in October)
  • 34 tertiary institutions including UG, technical/vocational institutes, & Guyana School of Agriculture
  • 9 residential schools and student residences

Growing small business

  • ICT is re-shaping traditional services delivery, manufacturing, commerce & trade
  • Budget caters for continued financial and infrastructural support for developers starting up new ICT-related enterprises through Small Business Bureau, LEN and other micro-lending instruments
  • Help Desks and Registration hubs to be established in Regions, especially 6 and 10
  • All Regional and NDC offices, fire stations, police stations/outposts to be inter-connected for better efficiency and greater security

Introducing Telemedicine

Audio visual equipment to be provided to medical practitioners at more than 30 Regional hospitals and health facilities to enable REMOTE CONSULTATIONS with doctors, pharmacists, nurses & other practitioners

e-Governance
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  •  National Broadband network to be expanded in medium to long term
  • All coastal Long-Term Evolution (LTE) towers to be retrofitted with additional microwave equipment and newer technology
  • $375M to establish 20 ICT hubs in 20 hinterland communities, connected via satellite; 11,390 residents to benefit in Kaikan, Jawalla, Phillipi, Paruima, Kako, Rewa, Surama, Toka, Kimbia, and Wiruni.
  • A new data centre to be constructed to accommodate upgraded and expanded national networks
  • Focused training programnes and community interventions to continue in 2019 with Coding/Programming camps, Robotics training, Girls in ICT interventions, and Hackathons
  • Interactions with rice, cattle, fruit and other crops farmers to continue in 2019 to introduce ICT mechanisms, e.g. drones for seeding and fertilizing

Making living easier for Persons with Disabilities

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  • Tax concessions for purchasers of private vehicles specially equipped for drivers and passengers with impairments
  • Tax rebates on smart cell phones with built-in apps and accessibility features for the visually and hearing impaired


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