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Minister with Responsibility for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects, Hon. Daryl Vaz, has informed that the Government is focusing on the rollout of a broadband backbone in the short-term, which will ensure adequate connectivity throughout the island.
The move, he said, is in keeping with the Vision 2030 National Development Plan, which designates information and communications technology (ICT) as a priority area for development as a major industry and an enabler for all other sectors.
“This is a critical strategy for becoming efficient, effective and more productive in the private and public sectors as well as for increasing our international competitiveness,” Minister Vaz stated.

Minister with Responsibility for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects, Hon. Daryl Vaz (left), is presented with a plaque by Secretary General, Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU), Bernadette Lewis to mark Jamaica’s participation in the Caribbean Information Communication Technology (ICT) road shows. Occasion was the opening ceremony of a two-day conference, held as part of the road shows, yesterday (July 18) at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel.

He was speaking yesterday (July 18) at the opening ceremony of the two-day Caribbean ICT conference at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston. Organised by the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU), the conference is the culmination of a series of road shows held at major towns across the island.
The events, which got underway on May 19, sought to raise awareness about the innovative approaches necessary for the effective use of ICT in government, business and social development.
Mr. Vaz encouraged members of the Caribbean Community to share common visions, and work steadfastly to ensure that, through rapid deployment and application of ICT, an enabling business environment for investment is provided, education and training is of world class standard, and “that our societies are healthy, secure, cohesive and that we deliver to the people of the Caribbean, effective governance.”
Secretary General of the CTU, Bernadette Lewis, in her remarks, said that the road show is designed to promote a spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship in the development of ICT-based practical solutions to educate, demonstrate and encourage adoption of innovation for inclusive economic and social development, and lay a foundation on which knowledge-based societies and economies may be built.

Minister with Responsibility for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects, Hon. Daryl Vaz (left), listens to a remark from Secretary General, Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU), Bernadette Lewis yesterday (July 18), at the opening ceremony of the Caribbean Information and Communication Technology (ICT) conference at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston. Commissioner of Customs and Chairman of the Central Information Technology Office, Danville Walker (2nd right), and Chief Executive Officer, Digicel Jamaica, Mark Linehan, also participated in the discussion. The two-day conference, from July 19 to 20, is the culmination of a series of ICT road shows organised by the CTU, which got underway in May.

“ICTs, give us the power to connect people.to process information, to enable us to interact, to engender collective responses from people all across the globe. It gives us the power to potentially connect to every other individual across the face of the earth. That is the power we have available to us today, literally at our fingertips,” she stated, adding that it is incumbent on countries to embrace and exploit these technologies responsibly, safely and efficiently.
The two-day conference, being held from July 19 to 20, will highlight how the internet and digital media are bringing more value to professionals and business people.
The CTU, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, is a Caribbean inter-governmental organisation dedicated to facilitating the development of the regional telecommunications sector.