Fond St Jac­ques added to Is­land-Wide Com­mu­nity ICT Ac­cess Cen­tre Pro­gramme

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The Govern­ment is com­mit­ted to en­sur­ing that all Saint Lu­cians ben­e­fit from the In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Tech­nol­ogy (ICT) sec­tor. Three years ago it es­tab­lished a state-of-the-art Com­mu­nity ICT Ac­cess Cen­tre in the town of Soufriere and fol­lowed that up with the launch of is­land-wide Wi-Fi in Soufriere one year later.

Through the CARCIP Pro­ject, many Saint Lu­cians have re­ceived grant fund­ing for busi­nesses that in­cor­po­rate or use ICT, while sev­eral train­ing in­sti­tu­tions have also ben­e­fit­ted from grants to ex­tend ICTre­lated train­ing to young peo­ple in­ter­ested in mak­ing a ca­reer in the ICT sec­tor.

In his New Year’s Ad­dress, Prime Min­is­ter Hon. Dr. Kenny D. An­thony pro­vided de­tails of his Govern­ment’s am­bi­tious pro­gramme for the ICT sec­tor. The Prime Min­is­ter re­vealed that in the next three months, new Com­mu­nity ICT Ac­cess Cen­tres would be opened in Mi­coud, Vieux Fort, Anse La Raye, Ca­naries, and the com­mu­nity of La Re­source in Vieux Fort.

The Prime Min­is­ter fur­ther re­vealed that by the end of this cal­en­dar year, his Govern­ment would have con­verted ex­ist­ing com­mu­nity cen­tres into mod­ern, fully equipped Com­mu­nity ICT Ac­cess Cen­tres in Monchy in Gros Islet; Garand in Babon­neau; Faux a Chaud, En­tre­pot and Marc­hand in Cas­tries; Bel­mont and Grande Riviere in Den­nery North; Den­nery Vil­lage; Grace and Belle Vue in Vieux Fort North; La­borie; Dar­ban, Mon­gouge, La­maze and Saltibus in Choiseul; and Jacmel.

At a Com­mu­nity Town Hall Meet­ing in Soufriere last week, Hon. James Fletcher, whose min­istry is re­spon­si­ble for this pro­ject, an­nounced that Fond St Jac­ques in Soufriere has been added to the list of com­mu­ni­ties that will ben­e­fit from the ICT Ac­cess Cen­tre ini­tia­tive.

All of the Com­mu­nity ICT Ac­cess Cen­tres will be equipped with com­put­ers, print­ers and pro­jec­tors and will have free Wi-Fi avail­able to their users and res­i­dents in the im­me­di­ate vicin­ity. Many of them will also have elec­tronic white­boards for use as a train­ing tool.

The new Com­mu­nity ICT Ac­cess Cen­tres will com­ple­ment a Li­braries ICT Pro­ject that is be­ing funded by the Uni­ver­sal Ser­vice Fund. This pro­ject pro­vides com­put­ers for four­teen li­braries around the is­land, as well as broad­band ac­cess for a five-year pe­riod, tech­ni­cal sup­port, and the cre­ation of wire­less hotspots at all of th­ese li­braries.

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