E-Lancing brings world of opportunities to locals

Basseterre, St. Kitts (SKNIS): Entrepreneurs, self-motivated individuals and persons in between jobs in St. Kitts and Nevis will, be introduced to a new way of making money online under a project dubbed Digital Jam 3.0 “Caribbean edition.”

The regional initiative, sponsored by the World Bank and coordinated by the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Secretariat, seeks to boost self-employment and promote new opportunities in the virtual global economy.

Carolyn Lazarus, a consultant with the World Bank and Marlon Marie of the OECS Secretariat visited St. Kitts and Nevis last week to educate public and private sector stakeholders about the project and to promote two platforms CrowdFlower.com and MobileWorks.com.

According to its website, “CrowdFlower is the world’s leading service, with over one billion tasks completed by five million contributors. These tasks can include conducting surveys, monitoring statistics from a website, or even providing updates on local sporting events that have regional or international interest. MobileWorks attracts a more technical crowd who can engage in web development, graphic design, software beta testing and the like.

Director of Information Technology Christopher Herbert told SKNIS that the world of e-lancing -where employers advertise tasks and freelancers bid for the work – is a growing lucrative medium that can be of great benefit to locals. He explained that the team that participated in the sessions with Ms. Lazarus and Mr. Marie were very impressed with the presentations and has committed to promote this new form of work to residents.

In fact, space is currently being reorganized at the department to facilitate remote training sessions for persons who are interested to learn more about the potential. Director Herbert indicated that officials have targeted the second quarter of 2014 to launch the first class.

On Tuesday’s edition of Ask the PM, Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis the Right Honourable Dr. Denzil Douglas made an impassioned plea to young people to capitalize on existing and emerging developments facilitated by government.

“I reach out to you, I beg you to make use of the opportunities that your government is providing for you,” he emphasized.

Persons interested in learning more about e-lancing or the upcoming training can visit the Department of Technology in the Cable Building on Central Street or telephone 467-1431.

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