GIS – Saint Lucia’s Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Kenny D. Anthony and Taiwanese Ambassador H.E. James Chang, along with government representatives, met yesterday for the official cheque hand over of grant funds for two new community access centres.
The IT access centres will enhance the communities of Micoud and Vieux Fort by providing centrally located facilities for the access to Information and Communications Technology (ICT.)
“Your Excellency, I am pleased to receive this cheque of about EC$1.2 million which shall go towards the completion of two community access centres,” Dr. Anthony said.
“While computers are becoming the norm in many homes, there are still many people who require centres such as these at which they can access the internet and other IT resources. There is also the need for facilities where IT-based training can occur. Given your country’s world-recognized legacy in the field of ICT and Electronics development, we are pleased [to have you] assist us in expanding access to technology here in Saint Lucia.”
The two facilities are being completed at a total cost of over EC$3.1 million.
Dr. Anthony said that the investments of the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) go hand in hand with the Saint Lucia Government’s efforts in the education sector.
He also thanked the Taiwanese government for its commitment to Saint Lucia’s continued progress, as it continues to assist with the National ICT Centre, and also provided a grant of nearly $7 million to support the Multi-Channel Data Centre (MCDC) Project of the Saint Lucia Government.
The MCDC project aims to improve public services and public administration through suitable technology.