First Georgetown ICT hub launched at Agricola

A section of the gathering at the opening of the ICT hub in Agricola (David Papannah photo)

The Ministry of Public Telecommunications yesterday commissioned its first public Information and Communications Technology (ICT) hub for the city, at Agricola, Greater Georgetown, and residents were urged to use the service to improve themselves.

This is the first of 18 hubs which will be placed in communities across the city. Some 400 hubs are expected to be up and running all across the country by 2020.  These hubs will be strategically placed in communities to allow persons to access the internet and online government services.

At the simple launching ceremony young residents were eager to access the computers and experience the internet service.

The National Data Management Authority (NDMA) which falls under the umbrella of the MoPT is tasked with rolling out the public internet service and is currently collaborating with the Mayor and City Council to identify locations where the hubs can be installed.

Internet-ready computers at the ICT hub in Agricola (David Papannah photo)

The hubs are powered by bandwidth of one (1) to five (5) megabits per second, and can sometimes reach up to 50 megabits per second, depending on the number of users online at the time.

Director of Community Development and Social Management, of the NDMA, Phillip Walcott said that they are working to introduce more government services online.  He said that persons would soon be able to apply for Birth Certificates and Passports, make Land Registry queries and access other services online, and will only need to visit the offices of these public services to complete the transactions.

Walcott called on residents to share their knowledge with persons who are willing to learn and to work together, so no one gets left behind as the country moves into the digital age.

“It is our intention to place hubs where residents of the community can access the internet and government services at home,” said Walcott.  He told residents to take advantage of the service and use the internet for self-improvement by enrolling in self-learning online courses. He added that even though they are working to equip 18 communities with ICT hubs, they are challenged to find suitable public locations for the hubs.

“Georgetown is quite unique because we are not finding community spaces like other areas. That is why our partnership with the Mayor and City Council is important. They are helping us to identify areas where we can place the hubs,” Walcott disclosed.

Meanwhile, Mayor Patricia Chase-Green said that she is happy that the community would be able to benefit from the internet service. She thanked the MoPT on behalf of the council and residents, for the introduction of the service and called on residents to protect and care what has been provided for them.

The communities in which the hubs are located have elected a managing committee who will overlook the operations.

Two other hubs are expected to be launched during the course of this week at Parika, East Bank Essequibo and at Better Hope, East Coast Demerara.


PM speaking in parliament

Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo yesterday called on the Opposition to put to an end their dilatory tactic because it violates the standing order of the National Assembly.                    

Stop embarrassing Chinese gov’t – T&T PM

(Trinidad Guardian) Stop embarrassing the Chinese government and people! That was Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley’s rebuke to the Opposition in Parliament yesterday, after being pressed on the change of plans for his China trip.

Ramjattan, Trotman advised president he could unilaterally appoint Gecom chairman

Despite the AFC’s claim that it was not involved in the selection of a Guyana Elections Commission (Gecom) Chairman, its two senior leaders, Khemraj Ramjattan and Raphael Trotman, had advised President David Granger that he could utilise the constitutional proviso and make a unilateral appointment.

House approves over $8B for constitutional bodies

The National Assembly last evening approved over $8 billion in total budgetary allocations for 16 constitutional agencies even as the government’s failure to properly account for cuts to requested expenditure drew criticism.

By ,

Speaker reprimands opposition MPs for ‘exceptional parliamentary misconduct’

Opposition MPs were yesterday reprimanded by Speaker Dr Barton Scotland for their raucous behaviour on November 2nd, when they staged a protest that drowned out most of President David Granger’s address to the National Assembly.

Your browser is out-of-date!

Update your browser to view this website correctly.

We built using new technology. This makes our website faster, more feature rich and easier to use for 95% of our readers.
Unfortunately, your browser does not support some of these technologies. Click the button below and choose a modern browser to receive our intended user experience.

Update my browser now