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Minister with responsibility for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects, Daryl Vaz, said that there is great potential for Internet expansion in Jamaica and he looked forward to regional co-operation in this area. Minister Vaz was speaking at an International Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Convention in Havana, Cuba yesterday, February 7.

Minister Vaz, who was invited by his counterpart Minister in Cuba to address the convention, noted Jamaica’s relatively low broadband penetration rate of 4.4 persons per 100, “All of us strive to be modern knowledge-driven countries as we leap into the future, and seek to respond to the challenges associated with economic growth, sustaining the environment and enhancing the quality of life for all our citizens… We join with the Governments of the Caribbean to ensure the harmonization of ICT policies, legislation and regulatory procedures and are one with global efforts to improve the exchanges which allow for deeper appreciation of the multiple political, social and cultural features which have created this vibrant world.”

An estimated 112,000 persons subscribe to the Internet in Jamaica. Minister Vaz’s presentation comes on the eve of the completion of an undersea fibre-optic cable project which will connect Cuba to Jamaica and Venezuela.

Minister Vaz returns to the island tomorrow, February 9. The 2011 International Fair and Convention, Informatica in Havana closes on February 11.

 

Issued by: the Office of the Prime Minister