The Ministry of the Public Service, Information and Broadcasting will open the fourth Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Access Centre, and the third in three weeks on Wednesday 27th April, 2016, in the village of Anse La Raye.
The Government’s ICT Access Centre programme is designed to bring state-of-the-art technology and access to high-speed internet to communities that have lagged in the provision of these services. The first ICT Access Centre was opened in the town of Soufriere, which went on to become the first community to also have access to free Wi-Fi. Since then, new centres have been commissioned in Canaries and the town of Vieux Fort.
According to the 2010 National Census, the village of Anse La Raye had an internet penetration rate of 20.5%, making it the fifth worst community on the island for internet connectivity (after Canaries, Choiseul, Dennery and Soufriere). The Anse La Raye ICT Access Centre will provide the residents of the village with an internet café, a fully equipped digital training room, and a Wi-Fi hotspot where residents will be able to access free broadband internet service.
The Minister for Public Service, Information and Broadcasting, Hon. James Fletcher, states “the island-wide ICT access centre programme is part of a strategic approach by the Government to use information technology to empower citizens, stimulate digital entrepreneurship, provide greater access to government services, and stimulate economic development.”
There are plans to open similar new ICT access centres over the next four months in the communities of Garand Babonneau, Monchy, Micoud village, Mongouge, Laborie, Saltibus, Grande Riviere Dennery; Belomot Dennery; La Maz; Daban; Fond St Jacques; Belle Vue; Pierrot; Entrepot, Marchand, and Faux a Chaud Castries.