That's the view of Jamaican Min. of State for Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Julian Robinson. The minister was speaking following a workshop on open map and open data held at the Mona School of Business, University of the West Indies.
Min. Robinson said “Open Data is a tremendous resource that offers prospects for wealth creation.” He remarked, by making government data available to technology innovators and entrepreneurs it provides them the opportunity to develop applications for various sectors
The minister also highlighted that “ open Government data also serves to enhance public sector transparency and accountability.” The workshop was intended to inform public and private sector stakeholders, as the government forms a framework for open data development, which it hopes will stimulate entrepreneurship and job creation.
Belizean Creates Exclusive Social Network
Andre Gray is the creator of iBelizean, a social network specifically for those of Belizean origin and those interested in all things pertaining to Belizean lifestyle and culture.
The platform enables those in the Belizean diaspora to connect or reconnect and engage in a dialogue specifically with Belizean nationals seeking to deepen their national and cultural roots. “This is a lot more intimate and natural than creating Belizean groups, events and forums on large, generic social networks.” says Gray, the creator of the platform.
An added benefit is that posts shared on the platform can also be shared across the more traditional Social Networks.
Bajans Set to Pay Additional “Cell Phone” Tax
The notion of an “air time” tax on cell phone calls was first mooted in a budget statement back in 2009, but the implementation was not executed.
However, effective August 1st, Bajan cell phone users who already pay VAT on air time, can expect to pay an additional 3c/minute in “air-time excise duty”. The new duty is expected to raise some $32.7M annually, for the Treasury.
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