PRESS RELEASE – The Government will take a significant step in bridging divide when it opens a new, modern Community Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Access Centre in Canaries on Thursday 14th April, 2016.
The village of Canaries was identified in the 2010 National Census as being the community with the lowest level of internet penetration on the island. With an internet penetration rate of less than 15% in 2010, Canaries immediately became a focus of the administration to improve the level of ICT services available to the residents of the scenic western village.
The new Community ICT Access Centre in Canaries will be the second such centre to be commissioned on the west coast, following the establishment of a similar centre in Soufriere a little over two years ago. The Canaries ICT Access Centre will be equipped with computers, printers, a projector, an electronic whiteboard and free broadband internet access.
It is expected that like the Soufriere ICT Access Centre, this one will be a focal point for community training in digital services, provide access to residents of the community wishing to access the internet and use the services of the centre for research and other productive purposes, as well as providing an internet Wi-Fi hot spot for students and other residents of the village.
Speaking on the significance of this activity, Minister for Public Service, Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology, whose ministry is spearheading the initiative, says that the Canaries ICT Access Centre will allow the Government to provide greater access to citizens to a range of services that will soon be digitized, such as the payment of driver’s licenses. Hon. James Fletcher also indicated that over the next eight weeks, his ministry will commission similar modern ICT Access Centres all across the country.
The Official Opening of the Canaries ICT Access Centre takes place at 4.00 pm on Thursday 14th April, 2016.