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Connecting Trinidad & Tobago Through ICTs Mr. John Mollenthiel Deputy National Chief Information Officer 14th July 2008
Vision 2020 – National Strategic Plan • By the year 2020, Trinidad and Tobago will be a united, resilient, productive, innovative and prosperous nation with a disciplined, caring, fun-loving society, comprising healthy, happy and well-educated people and built on the enduring attributes of self-reliance, respect, equity and integrity… • Vision 2020 has five (5) Developmental Priorities: • Developing Innovative People • Nurturing a Caring Society • Enabling Competitive Business • Governing effectively • Investing in Sound Infrastructure & Environment
National ICT Vision “Trinidad and Tobago is in a prominent position in the global information society through real and lasting improvements in social, economic and cultural development caused by the deployment and usage of information and communications technology” Efforts to date have focused primarily on “Connectivity” Refreshing for the period 2009 – 2013 with a focus on “Usage & Uptake” fastforward – National ICT Strategy
“Telecoms”… Liberalized Environment • Multiple concessions granted for: • mobile services • cable/fixed line services • international services • radio services • National Broadband Strategyto foster: • Robust regulatory environment • Optimal domestic routing (IXP) • Augmentation of international bandwidth capacity • Competitive domestic hosting environment (hosting clusters, Payment Service Provider, Certificate Authority) • Development of domestic e-Content
“Government”… Effective & Efficient • Government Communications Backbone (GovNeTT) • Common network connecting all Ministries; serves as the preferred platform for inter / intra-Ministerial communication & collaboration • Supports enterprise-wide application deployment (e.g. human resource management, payroll, electronic document management)
government at your service ttconnect Online e-Government Portal (Internet) ttconnectService Centre common counters (in Person) ttconnectHotline toll-free call service (Telephone) “Government”… Effective & Efficient
“Business”… Competitive • Focus on the SMEs • B2B e-Marketplaces • smeXchange • EnterpriseNeTT • Business modernization training (business planning, quality management, web design, etc.) • e-Business Roundtable • a private sector led partnership with government that aims to map out a strategy for economic growth and success
“Business”… Competitive • Developing a National e-Payment Strategy to facilitate online payments • Administration of the .tt country code Top Level Domain • Fiscal Incentives to encourage the adoption of ICTs • Electronic Transactions & Data Protection Bills awaiting legislation • Technology Parks to play a key role in developing the country’s ICT sector (e.g. e-TecK and the Tamana InTech Park)
“Community”… Connected & Caring • All public libraries already outfitted with computers and Internet access • Establishing Community Access Centres / Telecentres across the country to: • Provide access to technology, the Internet and relevant training • Encourage development of local content / tailored content to suit the needs of the community (fishing, agriculture, etc.) • Computer Refurbishment • Establishing a programme to refurbish used computers for distribution to communities and schools • Considerations for e-Waste and other environmental concerns associated with the disposal of
“Education”… Innovative People • Primary & Secondary • Educating through the use of / in the use of ICTs (teachers and students) • ICT added to the curriculum • Computer labs in every school • Free Tertiary Education • The University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) established to build domestic capacity in key areas, including ICTs • College of Science, Technology and Applied Arts of Trinidad and Tobago (COSTATT)
“Education”… Innovative People • Skills training / Job experience through a series of national programmes • On-the Job-Trainee (OJT) • Multi-user Skills Training (MuST) • This can provide the necessary technical skills for the CACs • Youth Training & Employment Partnership Programme (YTEPP) • Mobile ICT Learning Centres (YTEPP’s Bus)
Conclusion & Final Thoughts Trinidad and Tobago recognizes the importance of ICT for the development of the Caribbean region: • A strong Caribbean voice needed at International Fora such as WSIS, the eLACprocess, and the ITU • Need for benchmarking in the Caribbean to better assess development in the region • Need to collectively address common ICT challenges such as the Digital Divide, Regional Connectivity and ICT knowledge transfer • Trinidad and Tobago represents Caribbean interests on the ITU Council and is a member of the Commonwealth Connects Steering Committee