The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has given the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis assistance to facilitate the establishment of a Government Wide Area Network (GWAN) which will digitally connect all government offices streamlining communication.
Communications within school campuses and between institutions is also set to improve, with the rollout of the Education Network (EduNET).
The free Wi-Fi access will enhance peer learning, and collaboration, master teacher tutoring and expand the scope of the learning environment. The EduNET perfectly complements Government’s One-2-One Laptop Project which provided 7,000 students as well as teachers with personal computers.
Prime Minister of St.Kitts and Nevis Dr. Denzil Douglas explained, “The technological advances being pursued by this Government are in line with the regional approach to improve governance, modernize the public sector and enhance integration through the use of IT to facilitate greater returns to stimulate economic growth.”
He stated also, that the Federation’s participation in two regional projects namely the Enhancing Competitiveness in the Caribbean through the Harmonization of ICT Policies, Legislation and Regulatory Procedures (HIPCAR) Project, as well as the OECS E-Government for Regional Integration Programme (EGRIP) has been beneficial.
Technical assistance was provided through a Grant Agreement with the Caribbean Development Bank, to facilitate the assessment of departmental activities and the development for an E-government desk.
The project is expected to be completed by June 2013 and will allow St. Kitts and Nevis to gain access to an OECS E-procurement system for pharmaceuticals.
Mr. Glenn Phillip the Information Technology Minister stressed that his Government was committed to “deliver first world, first grade services online to citizens at home and abroad.”