The St. Lucia Public Service Training Institute was the venue for the opening of St. Lucia’s ICT Week, on Monday 10th August. The event is a multi-stakeholder event, coordinated by the St. Lucia CARCIP (Caribbean Regional Communications Infrastructure Project) office. Stakeholders include the Government of St. Lucia, Government Agencies, and private sector actors such as Digicel, Microsoft, Flow, LIME and a host of local smaller SMEs.
The week kicked off with the St. Lucia Trade Export Promotion Agency holding a Symposium on Digital Marketing to assist St. Lucian exporters convey a professional image to the world.
We caught up with CARCIP Project Coordinator Christopher Roberts mid-week to find out what were the objectives of the week of activities and how things were going.
What is the purpose of ICT Week?
Roberts: The primary goal of the week is to sensitise both individuals and private sector stakeholders of the importance of technology and the many opportunities available by having marketable ICT skills. There are many businesses whose operations can benefit from the appropriate use of technology, however many are unaware of the services available, including those from local service providers.
What Activities are Being Held?
Roberts: As well as the events for businesses such as the Innovation night and the Digital Marketing Symposium, we are holding a 3-day training programme on Mobile Applications Development, Computer Graphics and Animation. Malfinis a local company which specialises in computer graphics and animation, is facilitating the animation training. There is also a two day Hackathon scheduled for attendees of the training.
What has Participation been Like?
Roberts: We have been pleased with the level of attendance so far. The business community have been turning out in good numbers and have been engaged in what has been offered. With respect the Youths, there too we have seen high levels of commitment and participation.
With Diversity in Technology in the Spotlight, What has Been the Response from Women?
Roberts: Well, we didn’t make any special effort to encourage female participation, however the mix has been pretty much fifty-fifty which is good. It means that everyone realises that there are opportunities out there to be had by all!
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