Monday 30 March, 2020

PM: T&T to get e-legislation to make it ICT ready "soon"

These pieces of legislation include revisions to the Exchequer and Audit Act, the Data Protection Act and the Electronic Transactions Act. Dr Rowley also noted that key amendments to the Telecommunications act are also on the Government’s legislative agenda.

The Prime Minister made the statement during his feature address at the Regional Standardization Forum for Bridging the Standardization Gap (BSG) on Monday, at the Office of the Parliament, International Waterfront Centre, Port-of-Spain. 

The forum, hosted by the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT), the first to be held in Latin America and the Caribbean, facilitated the discussion of various standardization topics under discussion at ITU-T and highlighted activities related to the BSG Programme.

Dr Rowley noted that the CARICOM shares the goals of the BSG as a draft roadmap for the region’s single Information and Communications Technology (ICT) space, recently approved during the last Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of CARICOM Heads of Government. He stated that a crucial element of T&T's agenda is ensuring the use of ICT to transform the delivery of public goods and services and achieve institutional strength and capacity.He also reaffirmed the Government’s commitment to ensuring that the public gets free internet access, through TT Wi-Fi, to ensure the enhanced quality of life of our people.

“High on our agenda is enhancing digital literacy and developing the skills to enable productivity and innovation for our population. Ultimately, the ICT sector is expected to enhance the quality of life of our people. So while we invest in networks, infrastructure and markets, we also have to invest in human beings. An e-ready country necessitates that ICT’s must be seen as tools to be used in all aspects of social, educational and business life. We must see ICT learning as not merely learning how to use computerised machines and manipulate software. It must be seen as a mechanism for providing solutions to both mundane and complex problems.”

Dr. Rowley provided the assurance that “the Government of Trinidad and Tobago is moving steadily forward on its intention to make this country ICT ready for the next stage of our development.”

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