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  • A project, which aims to provide Jamaicans with increased access to ICT services, has received an allotment of $27 million.
  • The Technology to Empower Individuals and Communities for Development Project also aims to provide ICT and other training programmes.
  • It also seeks to promote programmes and services to existing and potential users to increase library usage.

A project, which aims to provide Jamaicans with increased access to Information and Communications Technology (ICT) services, has received an allotment of $27 million in the 2014/15 Estimates of Expenditure, currently being reviewed by Parliament’s Standing Finance Committee.

The Technology to Empower Individuals and Communities for Development Project also aims to provide ICT and other training programmes to promote personal, organizational and national development; and provide new and enhanced programmes and services responsive to the needs of users, non-users and stakeholders.

It also seeks to promote programmes and services to existing and potential users to increase library usage; and create greater awareness of the value of public libraries in communities to build local and national support.

For this fiscal year, under the project, it is anticipated that a Marketing and Advocacy Campaign Project will commence. In addition, a Project Management Office will be established; a Needs Assessment and Baseline Impact Study will be conducted; and procurement of computers and other technologies will commence.

The project is being funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Government of Jamaica. It is scheduled to run from November, 2013 to November, 2019.