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KINGSTON — The draft Information and Communications Technologies Policy 2011 (ICT Policy) is expected to be tabled in the House of Representatives at its earliest sitting in the new legislative year.

Minister with responsibility for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects, Hon. Daryl Vaz, said Cabinet has approved the tabling of the document, which will establish a framework to enable the development of ICT in all sectors.

He was speaking at April 6 post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House.

He informed that the goals of the policy are to: establish a framework, which will enable ICT development in all sectors; attract and encourage local and international investments, particularly by ICT-related industries; increase competition (for the benefit of the consumer); and increase national productivity and efficiency.

The policy will provide the basis for the drafting of the Data Protection Act, and the amendment and repeal of other legislation where necessary.

 

By CHRIS PATTERSON, JIS Reporter