Monday, January 26, 2009 – Saint Lucia is set to capitalize on the vast
benefits of a policy guiding the application of Information and Communication
Technologies (ICTs) nationally.
The launch of the development of the National ICT Policy and Sectoral Strategies
was held at the Bay Gardens Beach Resort this week.
Minister for Social Transformation, Public Service, Human Resource Development,
Youth and Sports, Honourable Lenard Montoute said the policy will maximize
efficiency in government processes.
“We are aware of island states around the world which have successfully
exploited the power of ICT for national development, and we are able to leap
frog obstacles to the development, and thus achieve significantly their
development goals. Of course I mentioned earlier, we hope to learn from the
experiences of neighbouring countries, and I want to take the opportunity to
single out one of our allies in this process-The Republic of China on
Support from Taiwan includes policy guidelines and implementation support for a
soon to be launched ICT centre.
Minister for Public Administration of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago,
Honourable Kennedy Swaratsingh applauded Saint Lucia’s initiative in pursuing an
Swaratsingh said, “Here is an unprecedented opportunity to develop our human
resource, which is an essential factor in the sustainable progress and true
growth. ICT provides a new and unique opportunity for the development of our
people at all levels of the society, because it has the capacity to overcome
deficits in social and economic infrastructure at both the individual and
community level, and to empower people for individual fulfilment and a greater
contribution to society.”
Minister Montoute said the ICT strategies will address the use of ICT in various
sectors, and also the leveraging of ICT to develop and strengthen linkages
between key sectors.