Monday, 12 September 2016

The Global Services Promotion Programme (GSPP) participates in Discovery Roundtables

The International Development Bank (IDB) in its continued effort to foster the Information Technology enabled Services (ITeS) Sector and, thus, contribute to the consolidation of a more diversified economy, assisted in the organizing of discovery roundtables. The conversation was accommodated at the Courtyard Marriott on Tuesday 16th August and Wednesday 17th August 2016.

Contributing were the senior representatives of noted invitees including:
•       The Ansa McAL Group,
•       The Massy Group,
•       Fujitsu,
•       Teleios Systems,
•       Medullan,
•       CTTL,
•       Liberty/Cable & Wireless,
•       The Energy Chamber,
•       TTCSI,
•       TTMA,
•       AMCHAM,
•       E-Business Roundtable,
•       TTIFC,
•       NTA,
•       CARIRI,
•       UTT, UWI, NESC and SBCS

There is great potential for Trinidad and Tobago to develop the ITeS industry:
  •  We are a native English speaking population with a high level of educational attainment
  •  We are of similar time zone to the US and
  •  We have good ICT infrastructure when compared to the regional standards
However, Trinidad & Tobago remains a relatively small player in the ITeS Sector. Something that, according to a recent survey among companies in the sector, is partly due to the lack of sufficiently qualified human resources. To overcome this barrier, the IDB is supporting GoRTT with a series of initiatives and interventions to provide sector-specific training aligned with the demands of the ITeS economy and under the aegis of the Global Services Promotion Programme of the Ministry of Planning and Development.  The “Skills for Global Services” intervention is expected to assist and support the identification and allocation of the necessary resources and generate the incentives for an ITeS-centric Skills Development Strategy.
Through this intervention, it is expected that Trinidad & Tobago can:

• Increase the availability of human capital to support the growth and international competitiveness of firms in the ITeS sector
• Equip individuals with world-class certified ITeS-related skills thereby improving the competitiveness of the workforce
• Secure a participatory and transparent process of resource allocation for ITeS skills development
• Foster closer relationships between the public and private business sector for ITeS skills development.

Click to view photos of Day 1 and Day 2  of the discovery roundatables.

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