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CARIBBEAN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY NEWS SUMMARY for the week ending December 6th, 2013

06 Dec

TECH REVOLUTION IN CARIBBEAN HAS STARTED—12/02/13
A partnership between BrightPath and Columbus Communications has introduced TechLink, which offers training to the Caribbean community in the creation of digital content. About 100 young people and small business entrepreneurs attended a day-long series of workshops at St. George’s, Grenada in November 2013. The project is designed to develop Caribbean apps, books, videos, and solutions to regional problems. It represents the beginning of community-based technology in the Caribbean.

LARGE TECHNOLOGY PARK TO BE BUILT BY JAMAICAN COMPANY—12/03/13
Mark Kerr-Jarrett, a real estate company, is preparing to build a very large commercial block at a tech park in Montego Bay for BPO companies that want to establish operations in Jamaica. The company will develop 50,000 square feet of office space by the end of the year in 2014 and provide the necessary amenities for BPO firms as well, including high-speed Internet and a 24-hour electricity supply. The project is expected to cost about US$8 million.

CARIBBEAN LEADERS MAKE ICT TOP PRIORITY—12/05/13
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) will be a top concern for the CARICOM Heads of Government at the next intercessional meeting, scheduled for February 2014. Irwin LaRocque, Secretary General of CARICOM, made this announcement at the 12th Caribbean Ministerial Strategic ICT Seminar held in Jamaica. ICT was cited as a priority for the region by every member state.

VISION 2030 TARGETS TRACKED BY e-DASHBOARD—12/06/13
An online platform allowing access to critical information about areas of development has been launched. The tool, called e-Dashboard, provides information on the 46 indicators of the national development plan, Vision 2030 Jamaica. The data includes goals and outcomes and utilizes interactive graphics to display current targets and those for 2012, 2015, and 2030.

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