September 20, 2011
Caribbean ICT Roadshow comes to an end

Fri, Sept 20. 2011

The curtains came down on two days of information exchange and advice, product demonstration and displays, as the St. Vincent and the Grenadines leg of the Caribbean ICT Roadshow came to an end here last week.{{more}}

The Roadshow, staged at the Methodist Church Hall in Kingstown, under the theme: “Harnessing the power of innovation, the engine for ICT enabled Caribbean development”, began with an opening ceremony at the National Insurance Services headquarters on Upper Bay Street.

Hosted for the second time in St. Vincent and the Grenadines in its two-year existence, the Roadshow featured more evolved and developed programs than the first time it visited these shores. This, Secretary General of the Caribbean Telecommunications Union Bernadette Lewis said, would help to engage and interact with the average man and woman on the street, as well as youths, parents, guardians, government official and the private sector.

Lewis, speaking at the Roadshow’s official opening, said that every Caribbean citizen needs to be able to understand and use Information and Communication Technology effectively, not only in their personal lives, but also in their businesses and in government.

The Roadshow was described as a tremendous benefit for the nation, which provides opportunities for enhancing productivity; improving efficiency; reducing operational costs; spawning new types of business; spurring economic development; establishing new types of industries; and creating new types of jobs.

Over the two days of the road show, visitors to the event were educated in areas such as the dangers of cyberspace and how to protect young people online, the use of Information and Communication Technology in the fishing and agricultural industries, and outreach programs for members of the general public.

Twenty Caribbean countries are member of the CTU.