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The information and communications technology (ICT) challenge of the next five years for Jamaica is to significantly increase the number of citizens that are educated and computer literate, and improve their access to the ICT networks at affordable prices, in order to generate more active use of the Internet for education, business development and public administration. Essentially, the vision embodied in Eâ€‘Powering Jamaica 2012, the new 5â€‘year National Information and Communications Technology (NICT) Strategy 2007-2012, is that Jamaica will become an inclusive, development-oriented, knowledge-based society that achieves economic and social growth through the integration of ICTs into all aspects of the nation’s life. The aim is to magnify Jamaica’s position as a leader in the delivery of ICT-enhanced services and new investment opportunities in the Caribbean.
E-Powering Jamaica 2012 sets out a blueprint towards these desired outcomes. It is the result of extensive consultations and background research, including interviews with industry leaders, government executives, planners and industry analysts. It also benefits from benchmarking against ICT policies and strategies in nine other countries at varying stages of development, and an analysis of the approaches recommended in major multilateral organizations such as the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNECLAC), the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) and UNESCO.
The overall vision of the NICT Strategy is for Jamaica to achieve Accelerated Human and Economic Development toward Global Competitiveness. The vision embodies these national goals: developing our people, fostering innovation, strengthening governance, and creating jobs; which are pillars of development for any successful society in today’s global landscape.
The focal mission of the NICT Strategy is eâ€‘Inclusion: Open Access to ICTs and Participation in a Knowledge-Based Society. E-Inclusion focuses on empowering the society through the effective dispersion of ICTs, as against the digital divide which aims to measure the haves versus the have-nots in respect of ICT access.
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Access / Connectivity
Disaster Preparedness & Response Systems
Children & Youth
Cultural & Linguistic Diversity
eLearning, ICT in Education
ICT and the Environment
Information Society Statistics/Indicators
Legal / Regulatory
Local Content Development
Technology, Research and Innovation
Free and Open Source Technologies
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The Caribbean ICT Virtual Community (CIVIC) is a permanent virtual forum of Caribbean ICT stakeholders. It is a venue for sharing information, holding discussions, networking and linking ideas, actors, projects or initiatives on ICTs and development in the Caribbean. It also aims to contribute in the building of a common vision/perspective on ICTs, and to promote a Caribbean strategy and/or regional Caribbean-wide actions. The CIVIC is based upon an asynchronic, electronic conferencing platform, the ICAribbean mailing list and its related web tools (currently hosted on the Dgroup virtual platform). It is a Caribbean managed and Caribbean owned virtual community
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Caribbean Export is the only regional trade and investment promotion agency in the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group. Caribbean Export was established in 1996 by an Inter-Governmental Agreement as the trade promotion Agency of the 15 Member States of CARIFORUM.
Then in July 2005, Caribbean Export assumed an investment promotion mandate after the 14th CARIFORUM Council of Ministers meeting.
Caribbean Export has also established collaborative links with the French Caribbean Outermost Regions (FCORs), with the English and Dutch Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) and with Cuba.
Caribbean Export is a member of the Regional ICT steering committee
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Excerpts of a speech by Dr Emsley Tromp, President of the Bank of the Netherlands Antilles at the opening of the 26th Annual Caribbean Association of National Telecommunications Organizations (CANTO) conference and trade exhibition held in Curaçao in July.
The MSB Centre of Excellence is the premier source of information, knowledge and expertise within Jamaica and the Caribbean, about the application of Open Source Software for business innovation
For more than a decade, the MSB has sought to endow business graduates with both a sound understanding of the critical role that IT can play in business effectiveness and economic development, as well as provide them with the capacity to lead and participate in the successful introduction of such IT-enabled innovations in business. The CoE advances this intervention by creating a multi-disciplinary research and application-oriented technological environment that can leverage the rich knowledge resources of both staff and graduate students of the University. With targeted funding and key institutional partnerships, the CoE will seek to engender the development and deployment of innovative solutions to business problems that are amenable to IT intervention.
In pursuit of this mandate, a set of core competencies, that will become distinguishing hallmarks of the CoE, have been identified and will be progressively built upon. These include the areas of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS), Project Management, Grantsmanship, Design Science Research and Business Intelligence.
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