Thursday 17 October, 2019

PM Mottley ready to see Barbados transition to a digital society

Prime Minister Mia Mottley

Prime Minister Mia Mottley

Moving towards a smart nation does not have to compromise or erode Barbadian culture.

Prime Minister Mia Mottley believes the transition from an analogue to a digital society is dependent on the partnerships which have been formed across the civil society and the private sector. And she is certain the switch can be achieved without us losing what makes us Barbadian.

Her comments came as her close to two-year-old Government moves the public service towards a paperless, digital environment.

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In a video address to launch the start of Smart Barbados Week 2019 at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, she told the audience that the future is “ours to grab” and she encouraged them to “bring along our children.

“. . . and to ensure that as we introduce them literally to the new forms of technology that they do not lose sight of the morals and the ethics that make them who they are.  That has always been the bedrock of how we see our transitioning into a digital world; that we can become digital citizens while remembering who we are and continue to be rooted by the values that literally make us who we are.

“Technology, after all, is just a tool. We expect that we can see the transitioning across all of our public services but we also want to see it in the delivery of our private sector services and goods,” Mottley said.

Under the theme ‘A Digital Encounter’, Smart Barbados Week is a partnership between the Government of Barbados and various private sector and non-governmental organizations, namely the Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI), the Barbados International Business Association (BIBA) and the Barbados Chapter of the Internet Society (ISOC BB).

At its core, Smart Barbados Week is a national dialogue that seeks to define what it would mean for Barbados to be a technologically ‘smart’ nation and how it would improve the lives of citizens; identify some of the strategies and actions that will be necessary to get there; and build the national consensus necessary for such an all-encompassing transformation effort.

Smart Barbados Week officially runs from October 1 to 4, from 9 am to 5 pm each day.

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