Guyana has joined the world in celebrating World Telecommunications Day today under the theme, ‘Big Data, Big Impact.’
The theme focuses on the power of big data for development and aims to explore how to turn data into actionable information in a development context.
The insight brought on by advanced analysis can strongly complement the evidence – based nature of decision making that can be leveraged at national, regional and international levels.
Minister of Public Telecommunications, Cathy Hughes in her speech to celebrate the occasion said “The significant impact of this technological age for Guyana is the sprint we’re running to take computers, the internet and the wide world of possibilities to our people including those in the remote regions where our indigenous citizens live with time honored cultures, customs and conventions. The sprint is to ensure that these citizens in particular can communicate at any time with anyone, any authority in or outside of Guyana.”
Minister Hughes also stated that it is meant to ensure that the citizens have adequate learning and health facilities.
“Among the achievements of the overall mandate of the Ministries, include the passing of the Telecommunications Liberalization Bill that would remove exclusively from one company.”
According to the Minister, government’s achievements also include providing schools, community centers, government ministries and public service departments with fast internet.
Also achieved were designing and facilitating the creation of application to ultimately eliminate long lines and long hours at the GRA, Immigration Department, NIS, post office and hospitals.
“Revising the passport application process while abroad program while abroad is set in motion to upgrade and convert island district post offices to ICT Community Hubs with postal service,” the Minister noted.
She also stated that the Government is committed to ensuring that ICT provides modern cutting edge support to all productive and social sectors as well as the enabling environment for a strong sustainable private sector.
The imminent Oil and Gas Industry will also demand that ICT and connectivity become critical element of our econom