The Chinese firm, Huawei Telecommunications Equipment Company will be conducting an assessment in Guyana for the development of a countrywide broadband network.
This was announced today, during the Post Cabinet briefing held at the Ministry of Presidency.
During the briefing, it was disclosed that the Public Telecommunications Ministry signed an agreement with the Chinese Company to perform a comprehensive needs assessment to develop a scope for the establishment of a nationwide broadband network.
Governance Minister Raphael Trotman, who chaired the press briefing, explained that the assessment “will include the level of effort and financing required and the consideration of information system applications for all levels of Government.”
He noted that the agreement does not preclude the government from entering into similar arrangements with other interested parties.
Trotman stated that the previous studies conducted on the E-Governance programme found that existing plans which existed under the previous administration cannot be used; highlighting that it is unfortunate that government will have to start all over, from scratch.
Meanwhile, Telecommunications Minister, Cathy Hughes will be travelling to Santiago, Chile next month to participate in the Fourth Meeting of Ministers of E-government of Latin America and the Caribbean.
Minister Trotman said this forum will be very beneficial to Guyana.
“The meeting will bring together Latin American and the Caribbean Leaders in the ICT Sector to develop full works to promote successful information to communicate with Technology Policies for the implementation of digital programs in Government work,” he said.
Director of the E-Governance Unit, Flloyd Levi will accompany the Minister on to this event.