Barbadians will have an opportunity to see how information and communication technology can improve productivity, when the Caribbean ICT Roadshow takes place in Barbados from September 7 to 14.

Under the theme: Harnessing the Power of Innovation – the Engine for ICT-Enabled Caribbean Development, it is being staged by the Government of Barbados and the Caribbean Telecommunications Union to showcase the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit in the region. It will also raise awareness within the public and private sectors, civil society and academia, of the innovative approaches possible and necessary for the effective use of ICTs in government, business and social development.

The ICT Roadshow will get under way with a Techno Village on Friday, September 7, in National Heroes Square, the City from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. ??

The official opening of the Roadshow will take place at the Hilton Barbados, Needhams Point, St. Michael, on Monday, September 10, beginning at 7:00 p.m.

On Tuesday, September 11, at the Hilton Hotel there will be a General Interest Forum for members of the public, and an ICT in Education Forum for persons in the education sector from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. On that same day, a forum will be held for fisherfolk at the Bridgetown Fisheries Complex, Harbour Road, St. Michael, from 5:00 until 7:45 p.m.

The following day, Wednesday, September 12, there will be an ICT Innovation and Investment Forum from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., as well as a Youth Forum from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Later that evening, a cocktail and networking reception will be hosted from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. All of these events will take place at Hilton Barbados.

It will also be the venue for an ICT Innovation and Investment Forum on Thursday, September 13, from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Activities will culminate with a Cyber-Security Forum from 9:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. on Friday, September 14. It will cater to the general public, members of the judiciary, and those involved in national security. Special events will also be held for retirees, the elderly and farmers.

The Caribbean ICT Roadshow is a call for action by all Barbadians for introspection and to answer the question – Are we using our education, our collective energies, our uniquely Barbadian spirit to harness the power of Information and Communication Technologies for productivity gains and enhanced efficiencies in all spheres of our endeavours, or are we going to wait until the others pass us by, and further down the road try to catch up?


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