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The World Economic Forum (WEF) recently released its Global Information Technology Report (GITR) that informs on the state of network readiness for participating countries. Trinidad and Tobago recorded an improved rating of 67 from amongst 139 countries. While this is welcome news, there is still much more to be done, especially in the areas of legislature as well as usage in business and governmental sectors.

The GITR is released each year nationally through the collaborative efforts of the National Information and Communications Technology Company Limited (iGovTT) and the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business and joining us this year was the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT).

Minister of Public Administration and Communications, the Honourable Maxie Cuffie was on hand to give the feature address at the launch event held at the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business. He acknowledged that “while we are providing infrastructure, making it more affordable and within reach of most people, and possess the skills level to make this work for us, we are unable to attract the level of usage by sectors, especially at the level of government and business.”

One possible reason the Minister surmises is the issue of trust as he says “Largely because of this increased use of technology the simple, though often overlooked element of human trust that must exist between users of this technology, has become one of the most important attributes of the post-modern culture. Trust, we are told, is the lubricant that allows these technologies to work so efficiently.”

Mr. Trevor Libert, CEO of iGovTT delivered Sponsor remarks, in which he observed

“In our preliminary view of the release put out by the World Economic Forum, it was interesting to note this year’s theme, The Role of Digital Technology in Innovation, as it’s easy to see how access to new and diverse information might spark an idea, and it’s equally easy to see how digital technology provides that access. In the words of creativity researcher Todd Dewett: “information may be the most important ingredient for creativity, and it’s the very thing that information technology exists to provide.”

iGovTT will continue to support the efforts to raise awareness of the GITR, as it informs us about our overall progress in adapting ICTs for economic sustainability, (as) ICT competency and readiness in Trinidad and Tobago is no longer a far-reaching goal, but rather a natural step in our development journey.

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