The Center of Excellence in Information Technology held its first graduation ceremony at the auditorium of the Dominica State College on Friday.
Just one year ago, June 3, 2016, the Center of Excellence in Information Technology was officially inaugurated.
Hon Minister for Information, Science, Telecommunications and technology, Kelver Darroux expressed fulfilment that this vision which commenced in 2011 has materialised and is beginning to bear fruit.
Hon Darroux says this graduation ceremony is a milestone as Government works to equip skilled professionals in the area of ICT for the local and regional market.
“Today’s graduation ceremony of the first group of IT certified professionals represents the initial achievement in building of a cadre of highly trained specialists for IT for our local and also regional market. As we are all aware human capital is one of the major pillars stones for economic growth and that is why as minister responsible for information technology, I recommended the Cabinet that in the initial stages of the center of excellence all classes should be offered free of charge…”
The center was established in collaboration with the Government of India, a country which is a global leader in information communication technology.
High Commissioner of the Republic of India to Dominica, His Excellency Bishwadip Dey believes that the center of excellence is significant for many reasons. It promotes skilled development and self-reliance and allows people to contribute to the local economy, he says.
His Excellency Dey commended the Government of Dominica for its efforts in bringing universal access to information technology on the island.
Meantime, the Hon Acting Prime Minister, Reginald Austrie says while ICT can play a significant role in the social, economic and cultural development of small island states like Dominica, critical to this is the development of the human resource capacity of the country.
“This graduation ceremony and many others which we hope will follow in the future is the beginning of a process of empowering and equipping our young minds in meeting the needs and economic challenges of an ever-changing world in which technology will continue to transform the way we live, the way we work and the way we do business.”
“In order to maintain this digital and economic competitiveness which we face on a daily basis from emerging and fast moving technology we have to continue the transformation…and the sustainability of this programme is going to be very critical.”
Nine individuals are being trained to ensure the sustainability of the center when the current three Indian IT trainers leave after two years.