Baugh welcomes new ICT centre

Published: Thursday | February 12, 2009

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Dr Kenneth Baugh, has said that an information communication technology (ICT) training centre, created at Excelsior Community College in St Andrew, should produce a cadre of persons capable of transferring their skills to others within their communities.

"This initiative is important, as it represents progress, consistent with the development of Jamaica's information and communication technology sector plan, as well as Vision 2030, Jamaica's national development plan," Baugh said.

The minister was speaking at the official opening of the centre on the Excelsior Community College campus on Tuesday.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between the Government of India and Jamaica on September 3, 2008, to set up the centre here. The MoU, which falls under the Indian Technical Cooperation Programme, includes a US$1-million grant to the Government of Jamaica. The training laboratory, which is equipped with two classrooms for 25 students each, will be provided with courseware to cover 400-600 students per year.