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  • Microsoft Enterprise Agreement signing

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    iGovTT Chairman, Esther Le Gendre speaks with Microsoft T&T Country Manager, Frances Correira and Public Administration and Communications Minister, Maxie Cuffie at the signing ceremony for the Microsoft Enterprise Agreement. The Ministry of Public Administration and Communications (MPAC), iGovTT and Microsoft signed a new three year Microsoft Enterprise Agreement (MEA) to provide Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies with access to the Microsoft Office suite at a reduced cost. The new agreement includes a Microsoft Home Use Programme which will allow public officers to obtain the Microsoft Office suite at a onetime discounted price of USD 9.99, instead of the original cost of USD 399.99.

    Under the new agreement the Microsoft prices will remain constant regardless of any increases in retail price by the company, thus resulting in significant cost savings by the Government. Our line Minister, Minister Cuffie emphasized, “this price freeze facility is a source of significant national cost savings as the last three year Microsoft Enterprise Agreement cost US$40 or TTD 272 million more than the current one. This saving could fund the full development programme of the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development for a year.” The MEA will result in an annual savings of $25million a year for the duration of the agreement.

    The agreement will permit 7,781 named users to install and use the Office software on five PCs or Macs, five tablets, and five smartphones for use on their devices, with the Government’s administrative approval and oversight. Minister Cuffie noted that the Government plans to fully leverage the major information communication technology developments that are unfolding globally to deliver effective, end to end public services.

  • New iGovTT Board of Directors

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  • Launch of WEF Global Information Technology Report (GITR) 2016

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  • IT Managers Meeting – November 2015

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  • MOU Signing Ushers in Free WiFi on Select PTSC Buse

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    Travelling on the bus just got more interesting. Imagine surfing the internet on your smartphone, tablet or laptop while commuting to work or school on your favourite PTSC bus….This will shortly become a reality thanks to the agreement signed between the National Information and Communication Technology Company Limited (iGovTT) and the Public Transport Service Corporation (PTSC) to provide free WiFi to the travelling public on select buses.

  • Caribbean TIDE Conference – DAY 1

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    The Caribbean TIDE (Technology and Innovation for the Digital Economy) Conference 2015 is primarily about two very important things in this, its inaugural year – ‘Open Data’ and ‘Broadband’.

    DAY 1

    “This conference is being used as a catalyst for our own involvement in this phase in the rollout of the broadband strategy.” – Larry Howai – Ministry of Finance and the Economy. Mr. Howai was referring to the two Phases of the National Broadband Strategy (see more in smarTT – the National ICT Plan 2014-2018).

    The first day hosted a number of TIDE talks, in the tradition of TED talks. Accessibility to the internet is still elusive to so many persons – this fact was brought to light, in more than one of the TIDE talks that discussed broadband innovation, in the form of OneWeb and Outernet.

    OneWeb provides satellite-powered low-latency terminals that emit LTE, 3G and WiFi providing high-speed internet access for everyone. According to their website, “This project is large and challenging. Collaboration is the key to its success. OneWeb is everyone’s network. It belongs to us all. And it needs all of us to take action.” That’s tweetable by the way. Click here to help OneWeb spread the word!

  • WEF’s Global Competitiveness Report

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    iGovTT CEO, Trevor Libert delivers sponsor’s remarks at the launch of WEF’s Global Competitiveness Report. For a second consecutive year, Trinidad and Tobago has placed 89 out of 140 countries in the Global Competitiveness Report. The Index, released on September 30 at the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business (ALJGSB), shows that the country’s score dropped slightly from 4 to 3.9. iGovTT partnered with the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business and was one of the sponsors for the release of the report.

    Competitiveness is defined as the set of institutions, policies and factors that determine the level of productivity. The level of productivity, in turn, sets the level of prosperity that can be reached by an economy. Since 2005, the World Economic Forum has based its competitiveness analysis on the Global Competitiveness Index (GCI), a framework that measures the microeconomic and macroeconomic foundations of national competitiveness.

    The level of productivity in a country is what takes it forward but according to the 2015-2016 Global Competitiveness Report, Trinidad and Tobago has a major problem with the work ethic of the labour force and also with corruption.

  • ICT for Seniors – San Fernando

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    The Ministry of Science and Technology in collaboration with the Ministry of the People and Social Development, hosted its fourth ICT for Seniors Programme on Wednesday 22nd July, 2015 at Skinner’s Park, San Fernando. This Programme is part of the Ministry of Science and Technology’s thrust to ensure that all citizens are included and are provided with greater access to information and communication technology (ICT) and can use these technologies to improve their quality of life.

    This Programme follows successful programmes which were held last year in Port of Spain, Couva and Valencia. iGovTT and ttconnect were well represented as an interactive presentation and discussion was held with video material and workbooks for participants as well as a fully equipped ttconnect booth to disseminate information and material on ttconnect services.

    The Ministry of Science and Technology believes that ICTs can become an effective tool to allow seniors to play a greater part in society. This session introduced the senior citizens to communications tools such as email, Skype, Facebook and showed them how to access government services via the ttconnect platform and electronic banking services. There were also dynamic presentations from the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service on cybercrime, Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago on consumer protection and other interactive displays and sessions from state agencies and private sector companies.

    Dr. the Honourable Rupert Griffith, Minister of Science and Technology underscored that the programme helps to foster a more seamless movement of seniors into the digital life. He affirmed “What the ICT for Seniors programme really does, is provide an important avenue to support active ageing. The use of ICTs is an opportune means of promoting life-long learning while creating benefits across different generations, bringing young people and seniors together and tackling the “digital divide.”

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