Sunday 5 April, 2020

Draft National ICT plan launched

The new Draft National ICT plan will soon be available for public consultations.

Called FastForward II, the plan was launched on Wednesday morning.

Maxie Cuffie, Minister of Public Administration and Communications, said the new ICT plan, while supporting Vision 2030, is also expected to meet the country’s anticipated social and economic needs by focusing on improving connectivity, enhancing ICT infrastructure and strengthening ICT legislation.

The Draft National ICT plan was approved by Cabinet on 1 June 2017 and is a five-year National Information Communications Technology (NICT) Plan for 2017 to 2021.

"The Plan is driven by the needs and priorities of the Government, business, and the people of Trinidad and Tobago—as well as the country’s regional and international obligations. As such, it declares a bold vision to see: empowered people, competitive businesses, and transformational government, through ICT," the Minister said. 

The plan contains five Strategic Thrusts: improving connectivity, increasing human capacity, enhancing public service delivery, fostering economic development and advancing environmental and societal benefits.

To assist in the implementation of the plan, the Cabinet has approved the issuance of a new, open, public tender via multiple lots of technology and shared services for the Government of Trinidad and Tobago Next Generation Network, termed Govnett NG.

This, said Cuffie, will replace the ageing GovNett 2.0 platform and the tender will be open to both local and international firms.

"This new tender abandons those for Lots 1 and 2 of GovNett 3.0 issued in 2014 which had been expected cost to TT 234 million dollars and 43 million dollars respectively, but which had to be abandoned due to several issues," he said.

Cuffie also revealed that Cabinet has also agreed to the establishment of a Tier III Data Centre at Tamana Intech Park under an appropriate public-private partnership arrangement.

The Ministry of Public Administration and Communications has begun the process to engage an experienced consultant to assist in the execution of this major initiative, he said.

The Draft National ICT plan is available on the Ministry's website.

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