The AG made this statement as she deputised for Prime Minister Patrick Manning at the opening of the 2008 Information Communication Technology (ICT) Business and Innovation Symposium at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Port-of-Spain. Manning was originally slated to deliver the feature address at last night’s opening.
In acknowledging the absence of the Prime Minister, Annisette-George said the country had made impressive strides in developing its ICT capacity since 2003 and none of this would have been possible without “the leadership and commitment which he (Manning) has shown and demonstrated to this initiative.”
Recalling that Government got the ICT ball rolling in 2003 with the launch of its Fast Forward initiative, the AG said the first phase of the project “has been on connectivity “ to transform TT into a knowledge based society and many of the basic building blocks are now in place.
E-Business roundtable chairman Larry Howai said while TT has slipped to 92nd in the global ICT rankings he was confident that this country has the potential to be ranked amongst the top 25 ICT nations in the next five years.