Two experts from the eGovernance Academy (eGA) of Estonia have returned to Guyana on a second visit, and as part of the first phase in a project to develop the Action Plan for the creation of a Digital Governance Roadmap.
The experts arrived on Monday and met with Public Telecommunications Minister, Cathy Hughes, accompanied by Head of the National Data Management Authority (NDMA), Mr. Floyd Levi.
A statement from the Ministry noted that “Their mission on this second intervention is to meet separately with Cabinet members and Technical Officers in key agencies including the Police and Fire services and the Attorney General’s Chambers, as part of the research and fact-finding phase.”
The visiting Estonians are Dr. Arvo Ott, Chairman of the Management Board of the eGA, and Project Manager, Tonis Mae.
According to the government statement, they spoke briefly about the best ways to harmonize the various ICT projects being implemented in Guyana and to retrofit these initiatives into the national ICT Strategy.
Minister Hughes expressed great optimism for Guyana’s economic future and the well-being of the citizenry who stand to benefit tremendously from digitized government and public services, commerce, manufacturing and social life.
“There’s a growing awareness and understanding of Guyana’s efforts to ensure that all aspects of life, including Government, are computerized and inter-connected. The biggest challenge for us as a country was sourcing the best international skills to guide us in the crafting of this Roadmap,” she said. “Now we are well on the way,” the statement quoted the Minister as saying.
Estonia stands tall in the world as one of the leaders in Digitized Government solutions, and their experts are sharing their highly lauded skills with Guyana. EGA trains and advises leaders and stakeholders in using ICT to improve Government’s efficiency, and build open societies.