Thursday 20 February, 2020

Remove duty from cell phones

CEO of Promotech Inc., Kailash Pardasani.

CEO of Promotech Inc., Kailash Pardasani.

It is not enough for the Government of Barbados to try to create a “well-connected” island if it is going to implement measures that will hamper the process.

This was implied by CEO of PromoTech Inc., Kailash Pardasani, as he addressed the start of Barbados' inaugural Internet Governance Forum, which was held on Thursday and Friday.

Pardasani said Promotech was proud to be one of the sponsors of the event, a forum which he says is timely, necessary and very important to Barbados and the rest of the region.

According to him, the beauty about the internet is that there are no speed laws on this technology highway: “Every day scientists and engineers are working to develop new affordable technologies to increase the speed and reliability of the internet to do more and to do it faster.”

But he said its policies, laws, rules and regulations all need to be governed not just locally but on a global scale.

For Barbados to remain economically viable, he asserted, “We will have to continue to think and compete globally and that means raising standards, keeping up with technology, incorporating innovation and staying ahead of the curve."

He took a swipe at the recent Budgetary proposals which he said could hamper the way the country moves forward in terms of technology.

“We understand tough decisions need to be made by the Government in order to sustain this country’s viability. However taxing duty-free items such as laptops and desktops and also further taxing devices such as smartphones only hinders our long-term growth as a country," he contended.

Pardasani therefore called on policy writers to place priority on removing the taxes and make all smartphones duty-free so that, “We Barbadians have continued access to the best technology that exists.”

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