Young people in Port Maria and its environs were sensitised about the various income-earning opportunities available through the use of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) as the Caribbean ICT Road Show continued its islandwide awareness tour.
The event, held at the St. Mary Parish Library, featured exhibitions and demonstrations by e-Learning Jamaica Project and Virtual Mall Jamaica.com. There was also a discussion forum on the use of social networking sites and new opportunities in media marketing, and a presentation from the Jeffery Town Farmers Association showcasing their successful use of ICT in marketing and production.
Minister with responsibility for Information, Telecommunications, and Special Projects, Hon. Daryl Vaz, in a message read by the Mayor of Port Maria, Councillor Richard Creary, said that the Government was placing focus on empowering the youth, noting that they are “powerful agents of change in our world today”.
Mayor of Port Maria, Richard Creary, reads a message on behalf of Minister with responsibility for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects, the Hon. Daryl Vaz, at the St. Mary leg of the Caribbean Information Communication Technologies (ICT) road show, held on Wednesday (June 16) at the St. Mary Parish Library.
He said that the road show signaled the government’s commitment to helping young people to create and seize the multiple opportunities that ICT offers to shape a sustainable and bright future for Jamaica and the wider Caribbean.
Well known recording artist and actor, Peter Lloyd, who was the guest speaker, challenged the youngsters, not just to use the computer for socialising, but to create new and innovative ideas that could make money. He suggested that they could use the popular video-sharing website, YouTube, to expose songs, films, cooking, craft making, and much more.
Vice President of Virtual Mall, Dave Foster, also encouraged the participants to start using the computer as a tool to improve their lives by earning money, finding jobs, or starting a virtual business.
Under the theme: ‘Tapping into the collective genius’, the Caribbean ICT Road Show aims to raise awareness about innovative approaches to the use of ICT in business and development, and highlight how the technologies can empower and create change.
This is being done through displays, demonstrations, panel discussions and testimonials involving persons, who have used ICT successfully, to start and/or advance various businesses.
Port Maria is the third stop on the Jamaican leg of the Caribbean-wide show, with events already held in Mandeville, Manchester and Montego Bay, St. James.
The series culminates in a main event at the Jamaica Pegasus in Kingston from July 19 to 20 with exhibitions and panel discussions covering topics such as: ‘ Data security regulation and protection from cyber-crime’; and ‘Establishing an Internet exchange point in Jamaica to reduce the cost of Internet access’.
The road show is part of the Caribbean Telecommunication Union’s (CTU) 20th anniversary celebrations, and is being organised locally by the Central Information Technology Office (CITO), which falls under the Office of the Prime Minister.