advances in technology have increased the potential for
Jamaica to successfully exploit the information technology
revolution and become a global leader in Information Communication
has several natural advantages including its proximity to
the US market, language, relatively low labour costs, and
the entire country has an advanced digital telecommunications
from e-commerce are growing at an accelerated pace and the
ICT sector remains the fastest growing sector in the world.
PRINCIPLES FOR ICT
must play a critical role in promoting economic, social,
scientific, educational and cultural progress as well as
a better understanding among Jamaicans.
the globalised economy, information technology and communications
media have a vital role in educational advancement and in
promoting economic and social development.
effectively take advantage of the opportunities offered
by ICT, Jamaica must put in place a cost-effective and technologically-advanced
human resources and regulatory infrastructure.
Establish an Information Technology Authority reporting directly
to the relevant Minister to plan and co-ordinate the development
of the ICT industry in Jamaica within the public sector and
to facilitate linkages with the private sector.
Conduct a comprehensive survey of the current status of ICT
in the public and private sectors.
Create an Information Technology Officer (CIO) within each
Ministry and other select government entities.
Conduct a comprehensive new legislation and legislative overhaul
initiative to ensure that adequate and appropriate legislation
exists covering areas such as digital signatures, privacy,
protection of intellectual property.
Actively work toward establishing a national public IT network
on a single standard which is competitively priced, utilises
multiple sources, and has adequate penetration into the education
Attract joint ventures to build more information technology
(IT) digiports to develop Jamaica as a leading IT operation.
Encourage the installation of broadband, high-speed Internet
and wireless technology to attract a wide range of IT investments.
Promote wireless Internet technology to enable computer access
to reach schools and rural homes institution as required.
Reorganise and rationalise the Creative Production and Training
Centre (CPTC) to produce programmes for a public broadcasting
Promote broader reach of television broadcasting to reach
the wider population.
Incorporate the Radio and Telegraph Control Act into the Telecommunications
Act as part of the comprehensive regulatory framework.
Integrate the Spectrum Management Authority into the OUR with
full responsibility for all spectrum and related matters.
Remove from the direction or control of the Minister those
areas which now fall under his jurisdiction and which are
regulatory in nature and not policy driven.
Expand the authority of the Fair Trading Commission (FTC)
to have jurisdiction over the Telecommunications Act.
Institute the International Computer Driving Licence Programme
('ICDL') through HEART to promote and encourage computer literacy
for the majority of Jamaicans and raise the level of IT familiarity