Minister Cuffie: Digital economy to drive investment and diversification
December 8, 2016: Minister of Public Administration and Communications, the Honourable Maxie Cuffie is urging Trinidad and Tobago to harness its ICT potential as part of its diversification thrust. The Minister said that “the importance of our digital economy must be recognized.” He made these remarks at the Inaugural Meeting of the e-Business Roundtable.
The meeting is a reconvening of the Roundtable which is a private sector-led body established in 2006 to serve as a ‘think tank’ to assist with the implementation of the National ICT Strategy. Minister Cuffie noted that ICT is important in two respects – achieving cost effectiveness and efficiency, the two pillars of good governance on which foreign and local investments depend. He petitioned the Roundtable members to chart the way forward for the National ICT Strategy by helping to develop “realizable and implementable initiatives to help government, the public sector, the private sector and academia”.
Referencing his attendance at the recent IV Ministerial Meeting on Electronic Government in Latin America and the Caribbean and the 10th Annual Meeting of the Gealc Network, held in Chile from December 1-2, 2016 where TT’s Single Electronic Window initiative won an award, the Minister said the country is still “far behind where we need to be”, advising that Trinidad and Tobago needs “the infrastructure to match our aspirations”.
And in immediate response to the Minister’s remarks, the Chairman of the e-Business Roundtable, Glynis Alexander-Tam who is also General Manager at Infolink Services Ltd, commended Mr. Cuffie’s commitment to the success of the initiative and promised that Roundtable’s will be more than a talk shop but will strive to fulfil the country’s ICT mandate. The e-Business Roundtable has been re-constituted on five occasions, with the most recent in August 2016, and with membership comprising the business sector, Government Ministries/Agencies and academia/Civil Society.
The meeting was held at the Ministry of Public Administration and Communications’ Conference Room on Wednesday December 7, 2016.
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