ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (GIS) — Information Minister Winston Garraway said information and communication technologies (ICT) will form a major platform for growth and development in Grenada.
The 2013 Budget Presentation stated that, in this sector, four main areas will be pursued with urgency.
These are the setting up of the Caribbean Regional Communications Infrastructure Programme, revamp of the Centre for Excellence and Innovation, E-taxation Services and outfitting Parliament with IT services, as well as outsourcing these services.
The government said it will embark on the tablet-for-student programme after doing an analysis on the best way forward and a timetable for implementation.
Garraway said government will ensure that all teachers receive training on par with the technology and to be able to use it.
“We will ensure that every classroom is ready for the integration of ICT in schools. We will encourage software development and it will be taught in schools as a core subject,” said the minister.
Using the famous “I had a dream” quote of Martin Luther King Jr., Garraway relayed his vision for the industry.
“I had a dream that our sons and daughters that have gone overseas to educate and develop themselves will return to our shores and work together holistically developing this nation,” the minister said.
“I had a dream that one day and not long from now, those young persons associated with this side would reach out to those on the other side with a hand of friendship with the true spirit of the Grenadian connection and hospitality.”