Castries Mayor, Peterson Francis, has expressed the view that Saint Lucia can become the telecommunication hub of the Caribbean with more investments in the sector.
Francis made the comments Wednesday at the launch of the Government Island Wide Network (GINET) Wifi in Castries.
The initiative is part of a US$4 million investment within the City of Castries.
“I strongly believe that Saint. Lucia can be the Telecommunication Hub in the Caribbean with many more investments into that sector. GINET WifiI will forge a path and is the start to such development,” a release from the Mayor’s office quoted Francis as saying.
“But to do this, we unquestionably need a combined effort across Industry and Government. Let us introduce the latest in technology to further empower our people. Let us collaborate in becoming the choice for ICT related investments. A few more Customer Service Call Centers can be added to that list,” he told the launch ceremony.
Francis noted that soon, the capital’s smart parking through installation of parking terminals will be launched.
The Mayor disclosed that the Castries Constituencies Council ( CCC) also intends to initiate charging stations for mobile devices.
According to the Castries Mayor, the GINET project embraces the concept of smart cities, because it delivers a new way of life through innovative technologies which would assist in reducing the digital divide, fostering improved business transactions and meeting increased expectations of residents, visitors and businesses.
He applauded the efforts of the Government and people of the Republic of China (Taiwan) in providing financial support for the GINET project.
Francis expressed the hope that the new GINET Wifi service within Castries will not only revolutionize the way Saint Lucians communicate and interact with each other, but most importantly, be the key building block in the island’s digital empowerment.
“For me, the approach should be unified to a technological roll out that will profit, yet create a digitally empowered nation, exceeding social and economic obstacles,” he declared.
“And therefore, the millennial youth, students, businessman, residents and visitors can enjoy the free Wi-Fi at our facilities. Now visitors can research local attractions, look up local events, load maps and post scenic photos. “
The Castries Mayor asserted that undoubtedly, the services will also enhance the tourism product.
According to the Mayor’s office, Castries has benefitted the most from the GINET Project with ten locations and access points.
The free GINET WI-Fi service can be accessed at Government Buildings (Waterfront), Serenity Park, Derek Walcott Square, Central Market, Craft Market, Constitution Park, La Place Carenage, Pointe Seraphine, Cultural Centre and the National ICT Centre/Central Library.