ICT Fest 2013 Officially Launched
The Windsor Park Stadium will be buzzing with activity all week, as it is the venue for the Information Communication Technology (ICT) Fest 2013 that runs from July 2nd to 4th.
This event will be celebrated under the theme, ‘Empowering Citizens, Embracing the Future.’
Speaking at the official launch ceremony on Tuesday July 2nd, Honourable Ambrose George, Minister of Information, Telecommunications and Constituency Empowerment who represented the Prime Minister, Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit stated, this ICT Fest builds on two previous ICT Roadshows.
“ICT Technologies can make the difference in life and death, with respect to the speed of health delivery for an intensive care patient or a seriously ill person,”Mr. George stated.
Mr. George revealed that, the Government has plans of expanding on ICT sectorial plans and strategies they have started, as a National policy initiative and will develop all sectors of the economy using technologies.
Parliamentary Secretary in the office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for ICT, Honourable Kelvar Darroux noted, ICT is one of the most dynamic sectors we now have in Dominica and should be further enhanced amidst this knowledge based economy.
“This is why the Government has been working on ensuring all our schools have ICT labs, so our students at these various Institutions will have first-hand knowledge on using computers,” Mr. Darroux added.
Mr. Darroux explained, the Government is currently in the process of a complete overhaul of the Registry Department to allow the public access to birth and death certificates, in addition to passport forms on the Internet – this in turn will reduce the amount of paper used while cutting on spending within the Public Service.
He said Dominicans should take advantage of this ICT Fest 2013 so that they can fully understand the importance of Information Communication Technology.
“They can improve governance and strengthen democracy and citizen empowerment, while helping to foster transparent governance by enhancing the interaction between Government and the citizens”, he explained.