A regional Statistician has outlined the benefits which countries like St. Vincent and the Grenadines can derive from the development of a single ICT space in the region.
The issue was raised by the Project Director at the CARICOM Secretariat, Dr. Philomena Harrison as addressed the opening of a CARICOM workshop on Environment Statistics this week.
Dr. Harrison said access to broadband can act as a catalyst to lift developing countries out of poverty, enable access to health care and education and make basic social services available to all.
She said invests by Governments in ICT will have a positive impact on the people of the region and assist in the development of competitive economies, with highly skilled populations.
Dr. Harrison also highlighted the importance of inter-agency collaboration, to allow for the filling of data gaps.
Monday’s workshop brought together a cross-section of focal points from CARICOM member states to review Environment Statistics and Indicators, identify methods to fill data gaps and review methodologies used in data compilation.