May 13th 2011
The Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) will launch its ICTs for Rural Communities Development Project at a breakfast event on Tuesday May 17th 2011, from 7:00am.
The ICTs for Rural Communities Development Project is TATT’s signature event to commemorate World Telecommunications and Information Society Day (WTISD) 2011. Mr. Cris Seecheran, TATT’s Executive Director (Ag), will address guests at the event which takes place at TATT’s office, #5, Eighth Avenue Extension, off Twelfth Street, Barataria.
WITSD is the annual commemoration of the founding of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) on May 17th 1865. The ITU is the international organization within the United Nations System responsible for telecommunications. The theme chosen for WTISD 2011 is Better Life in Rural Communities with ICTs and follows up on the theme for 2010 which was “Better city, better life with ICTs”.
The primary objective of the ICTs for Rural Communities Development Project, is to encourage the use of ICT equipment and/or services to support projects that will help to improve the lives of persons in rural communities in Trinidad and Tobago.
According to the ITU as many as 70 per cent of the developing world’s 1.4 billion people live in rural areas. “They are also among the least connected to the benefits of ICTs. We cannot allow this situation to continue”. ICTs is the abbreviation for Information and Communication Technologies. ICTs is an umbrella term that includes computers, the Internet, cell phones, fixed line phones (home phone) radio, television, satellite.
All media are invited to cover this event.