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CARIBBEAN TECHNOLOGY NEWS SUMMARY for the week ending April 12th, 2013

12 Apr

CONFERENCE ON TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS TO BE HELD—04/06/13
Jamaican software developers and designers will work with those of seven other nations in the Caribbean to create software applications that will address the specific needs of regional societies. A conference to address these issues will be held April 11 and 12, 2013. The Caribbean Open Data Conference and Code Sprint will focus on the use of open data, software innovations, and technological ways to empower Caribbean citizens. New apps targeting tourism, education, agriculture, and the economy are expected to be the focus of the effort.

CARIBBEAN REGIONAL MUST MOVE TOWARDS A DIGITAL ECONOMY—04/07/13
Alicia Barcena, executive secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (Eclac), believes that the region must work toward creating a digital economy that will aid structural change and facilitate equality. She made her remarks at the launch of the Fourth Ministerial Conference on the Information Society in Latin America and the Caribbean. She noted that the components of a digital economy include telecommunications infrastructure, especially broadband networks. In 2008, the digital economy represented an average of just 3.2 percent of the national economy of Argentina, Brazil, /Chile, and Mexico.

JAMAICAN DOCTOR DEVELOPS SERUS TO SAVE ANIMALS FROM LAB TESTING—04/08/13
Dr. Lawrence Williams, a research consultant with the Scientific Research Council (SRC) has been trying to save animals from laboratory testing by developing Bovine Serum Albumin (BSA). This protein is made from the blood of cattle, then purified into a solid form that can respond like living tissue when it is exposed to heat. This represents a breakthrough that is likely to be welcomed by animal lovers and activists, since it could result in the reduction or even the elimination of animals being used as test subjects during drug development.

MITSUBISHI PLANS METHANOL PLANT IN TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO—04/09/13
Mitsubishi Corporation and Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Company are planning to construct a plant to produce methanol and dymethyl ether in Trinidad and Tobago. The firms are in the final phases of making an agreement with the government of that nation and with Neal & Massy Holdings Ltd. The companies expect to begin commercial operation of the plan in March 2017. The initial investment for the plant totals $850 million, said a representative of Mitsubishi Gas Chemical.

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