Monday 9 December, 2019

Gov’t working to make technology more accessible

Technology Minister Fayval Williams (right); Canadian High Commissioner to Jamaica Laurie Peters (centre) CUSO representative Roberta Ellis examine the the schedule of activities at World Tech Open Day  in Kingston. (Photo: Marlon Reid)

Technology Minister Fayval Williams (right); Canadian High Commissioner to Jamaica Laurie Peters (centre) CUSO representative Roberta Ellis examine the the schedule of activities at World Tech Open Day in Kingston. (Photo: Marlon Reid)

Minister of Science, Energy and Technology Energy, Fayval Williams, has promised that the government will be making technology more available to make for easier business transactions in its offices.

Speaking at a technology forum where Canadian University Services Overseas (CUSO) International hosted 100 students at the Wolmer’s Boys’ School in Kingston on Thursday Williams said the government was already clicking the mouse on this objective.

“We are increasing connectivity across the island with our public WiFi hotspot community internet facilities. We are promising to power up technology to enable the efficiency of government services and increasing the ease of doing business for our people and investors,” she said.

These boys were among the 100 students hosted by CUSO International for World Tech Open Day. (Photo: Marlon Reid)

Williams also said the government will be assisting young persons who venture into the business of technology and is also offering training in the field.

“We also support young ICT entrepreneurs who seek to solve problems through technology and for which we have earmarked some funds. At the ministry we are providing ICT-related training to 600 unattached young people through our Technology Advancement Programme and these will be young people who have already left school,” she said.

Williams did not say when the promises would be fulfilled.

CUSO International World Tech Day launch

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The students were from the Wolmer’s Boys and Girls Schools, Ardenne High, Camperdown High, the Rise Life Management Centre, the Young Women’s Christian Association and the Women’s Centre Foundation of Jamaica.

They were given mini-courses in social, creative and other aspects of robotics in addition to classes in coding.

Canadian High Commissioner to Jamaica Laurie Peters encouraged the students to embrace technology as it is presently and will continue to be a necessary life skill.

“What we know is that digital skills and what we know as coding are being used to solve problems worldwide at every sector and at every level,” Peters said.

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