(ZIZ News) – On Friday, the Ministry of Communications, Justice and Legal Affairs in collaboration with the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan), launched the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Centre Refurbishment Project.
Minister of Communication, the Hon. Vincent Byron outlined the duties of the ICT Centre.
“This centre at the C.A.P Industrial Park has served as a data centre for core government applications and web portals, a business incubator facility and a training and certification facility for a variety of ICT certifications,” Minister Byron explained.
The centre, which was built in 2007 with contribution from the R.O.C. (Taiwan), experienced water damage in 2012, hence the decision to launch a refurbishment project.
The renovation, according to Resident Taiwanese Ambassador His Excellency George Gow Wei Chiou, is important to ensure the institution’s continued high functioning.
He added, “We come here to start the first step to revive. We believe that after 3 or 4 months, the ICT centre will once again become the nurturing ground for human capacity empowerment and the innovation in St. Kitts and Nevis.”
According to Policy Advisor of Communications in the Ministry of Communications, Pierre Bowrin, this step in renovating the centre will greatly improve training and application and ensures the resumption of the national agenda.
“The repair of this centre is more than just the repair of a building; it’s allowing us to restart the National ICT Development Agenda which has been stagnated for some time. Understand how critical this new step is, not just repairing a building but ensuring that the ICT development of the nation, of our people, can move forward,” he explained.
The ICT Centre is located at the C.A. Paul Southwell Industrial Park.