The Innovation and Human Capital Development Thematic Area is placed at the centre of smarTT to ensure a focus on building ICT skills and enhancing innovation across the nation. The Plan examines the components which are important to the successful development of human capital, and through examination of various indices, identifies where deficiencies exist in related areas. Initiatives and programmes are proposed to ensure that each area is appropriately addressed in the period 2013-2017.
The theme Access and Digital Inclusion seeks to contribute to poverty eradication and social justice through the provision of accessible and affordable ICT services and the promotion of media literacy, online protection, transparency, and accountability.
e-Business, a key component of ICT sector development, is defined as the use of ICT or computer mediated networks to support common business processes. This facilitation allows for greater operational efficiency, closer collaboration with suppliers and business partners, and increased capabilities to meet the needs of customers. e-Commerce is an important subset of e-Business, and is defined as the sale or purchase of goods and services over the Internet. e-Commerce adoption can result in the reduction of transaction costs while also increasing transaction speed and reliability. Developing e-Commerce capabilities is essential to enable both the production and exportation of knowledge products and services. GoRTT is therefore committed to executing programmes geared towards increasing e-Business and e-Commerce.
In fulfilling the “connectivity” mandate, Trinidad and Tobago’s goal is to ensure that ICT broadband infrastructure is resilient and robust enough to permit network availability at all times. This is critical for network survivability, especially in the event of natural disasters. ICT infrastructure must also be constructed in a manner that preserves and protects the natural environment. Additionally, network development must be institutionalised in order to avoid uneven network development and insufficient market efficiency.
e-Government is an integral component for building delivery of government services. The underlying principle of e-government is the improvement in the internal workings of the public sector while simultaneously reducing operational costs and transaction times. This will lead to greater process and workflow integration, and will enhance resource utilization across various public sector agencies.
Each theme includes Key Initiatives which represent the action oriented areas leading to the outcomes outlined for each theme. The Key Initiatives comprise Programmes geared at achieving the stated outcomes. The Programmesare the heartbeat of the Plan.
National ICT Plan 2012-2016– smarTT Innovation The National ICT Plan and Human Capital 2012-2016, smarTT DevelopmentTrinidad and Tobago ICT Business & Innovation Symposium 2012 Monday November 19, 2012
Agenda• Need for Updated National ICT Plan• smarTT Overview• Thematic Areas• Innovation and Human Capital Development – Key Initiatives – Sample Programmes
Need for Updated National ICT Plan• To promote greater coordination amongst agencies and sectors• To unleash the potential for Human Capital Development and Innovation• To foster diversification of the economy• To increase GDP through ICT related sectors
Programmes: Key Initiative 1Building an e-Ready Society through ICT Enriched Learning– Computers and Connectivity for All– Create a System or Culture to Challenge Traditional Ways of Thinking and Operating– M-Learning– Develop an ICT Training Framework– Integrate Human Capital Development / Education / Training with Industry Needs
Programmes: Key Initiative 2Creating and Promoting Local Digital Content– Digitize Heritage, Indigenous and Social Content– Create Digital Content for use at All Levels of Education– Web Production Incentives– Leverage the Diaspora and Wider Caribbean to Fund / Promote Digital Content
Programmes: Key Initiative 3Establish a Culture of Research and Innovation– Offer Scholarships in Identified Areas of Research– Regional Research Forum– Department of Research and Development in ICT– Attract and Retain ICT Professionals– Establish an ICT Awards and Incentives Scheme– Establish Incubator for Technology / Solution Transfer and Commercialization