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St. Kitts and Nevis Competes in Regional Hackathon 

Last week, we reported how students of Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College in Basseterre met with an App' Developer. Over the same weekend, first year student Kimi Lee Knight, a Mathematics major also studying Computer Science and Physics, participated in the region's first multi-country hackathon.

Miss. Knight was part of a team from St. Kitts and Nevis, along with  Rodney Browne of eCaribbean, Fitzroy Edingborough a lecturer at CFBC and others. Team St. Kitts and Nevis took part in the Hackathon via video conference along with teams from Barbados and Dominica, who were competing against teams in the host country Jamaica. The event was part of the Caribbean Mobile Innovation Project (CMIP) which is a mult-year, multi-million dollar project funded by the Canadian Government, the World Bank and InfoDev.

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OECS Competative Business Unit hosts E-Payments Forum

Rodney Bay St. Lucia is the venue for a forum intended to initiate discussion and find solutions to help improve the environment for Electronic Payment of goods and services in the OECS sub-region. The need for the forum became evident through a business survey, conducted by the OECS Competitive Business Unit, formerly the Export Development Unit based in Dominica. A recurrent theme reported by export driven business leaders across the OECS was the lack of adequate provision and framework for handling online payments or electronic payment.

During the two day conference delegates from the private sector, government policy makers, legislators and financial services from  the OECS will make  presentations and receive input from VISA and MasterCard among others, intended to identify solutions that will help  exporters generate increased trade online.

Jamaican Opposition MP Wheatley calls for Joint Select Committee of Parliament on ICT

Opposition Spokesman on Science, ICT & Digital Society Development Dr Andrew Wheatley has asked the Government to immediately convene a Joint Select Committee of Parliament to consider ICT matters.

He stated "It is extremely important to have a parliamentary committee deliberating on issues confronting the ICT sector. This committee should be tasked with overseeing and expediting the creation of the ICT Act and the Data Protection Act, which have been languishing for some time now.”

The parliamentarian continued, noting “With a national system of identification set to come on stream in the future and the imminent move toward an electronic database of patients' records in the health sector, the need for legislative provisions regarding data protection cannot be overemphasised," Wheatley said in a statement.

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