February 26, 2010
Minister Jerrol Thompson: New telecomunications act soon

A NEW telecommunications Act is expected to be coming soon.

Dr Jerrol Thompson, Minister of Telecommunications, made the announcement Tuesday, February 23, during the launch of a joint e-marketing initiative of the ICT sector.{{more}}

According to Thompson, the revision of the existing Act is necessary in order to keep abreast with the ever-changing face of the Information, Communication and Technology Sector in the country.

“When this administration put the existing Act in place, we did not foresee what was going to take place,” Thompson said, noting that there have already been tremendous strides made in the local ICT sector.

“We have to make sure that ICT business is something that flourishes in St Vincent and that the sector remains vibrant and we have to make the necessary adjustments to ensure this takes place,” he said.

“Telecommunications is not going to be strictly that but it will merge with information and technology as well.”

The Minister also noted that the Ministry will undergo a transformation to match the change in legislation; this process, according to Thompson is expected to begin within the next few months.(DD)