Quidgest’s Jamaican project is its Caribbean debut

The Human Capital Management Enterprise System (HCMES) has entered into pre-production stage in the Jamaican government.  It is a project of the country’s Public Sector Efficiency Program, and follows a strategic decision in 2013 and a procurement process finalised in December 2015. It is financed by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), led by the Ministry of Finance and Public Service, […]

CANTO welcomes Caribbean ICT Collaboration Committee

In a move to shape and align the strategic ICT agenda in the region, the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) brought several regional ICT stakeholders together at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Port of Spain, Trinidad on 5th and 6th December 2016. In attendance were senior officials representing Governments, Regulators, CANTO, CARICOM, Network Operators and other ICT […]

At Microsoft M4: A Public Sector digital hero

Above: The Public Sector panel on Digital Government at Microsoft’s M4, from left, Josemaria Valdepenas, Microsoft Digital Transformation Architect, Minister of Information Milford Nicholas and Marlon Fetzner. Photo by Mark Lyndersay. BitDepth#1068 for November 22, 2016 Microsoft’s M4 is an inspiring sales pitch, one that’s focused on reorienting the thinking of its private and public […]

The challenges of the Data Protection Bill

Above: Ria Mohammed-Davidson of the Faculty of Law at UWI St Augustine speaks at the Media Association talk at the Ken Gordon School of Journalism and Communications. Photo by Mark Lyndersay. BitDepth#1064 for October 25, 2016 During Saturday’s Media Association talk, I posted a particularly provocative statement by Ria Mohammed-Davidson about the thorny issues that […]

The Uber challenge

 Above: The ultimate Uber. The ride sharing company is investing heavily in self-driving vehicles. Photo courtesy Uber Newsroom. BitDepth#1063 for October 18, 2016 The private ride company Uber is in T&T, recruiting partners, drivers and insurance companies to create a service of private taxis for the traveling public. This is a challenge on multiple fronts, […]

Public WiFi to roll out by bus

According to information posted on the website of the Ministry of Public Administration and Communication… The provision of free Wi-Fi is a country-wide initiative of the GoRTT aimed at bringing more citizens online and allowing greater access to available e-government and other services. Through this programme, GoRTT intends to bring more citizens online and provide […]

Carnival: the state of disunion

Above: Revellers in Tribe’s Wings of Desire at the Socadrome in 2015. Photograph by Mark Lyndersay. BitDepth#1026 for February 02, 2016 Trinidad and Tobago’s Carnival looks set for interesting times. No less a person than Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has explained that for his government managing an economic downturn, “other priorities will fall in place […]

Brereton on new book tax

Author and historian Professor Bridget Brereton wrote this open letter to the Government regarding the decision to reintroduce VAT on books… I want to support the views of Gerard Besson, Marina Salandy-Brown, Reginald Dumas and Debbie Jacob, who have all used the print or electronic media to express concern about the decision to impose VAT […]

Barbados Gov’t signs with Digicel for WAN

Telecommunications provider, Digicel, has announced a five year contract with the Government of Barbados valued at US$2.4M to provide it with an advanced Wide Area Network (WAN), Collaboration and high availability Dedicated Internet (DIA) services.  The overall installation was designed to scale and can cater to every Government building and serve every Government employee in […]

BVI to wire schools for free Internet

Above: Myron Walwyn, Education Minister, British Virgin Islands BVI News reports that British Virgin Islands Education Minister Myron Walwyn will roll out a programme wiring all schools for free Internet access. “We already have an agreement in principle with one of our telecoms providers to provide free internet access on all of our school campuses. We […]