GB tech-hub aspirations to be ‘accelerated’ post-Dorian

GB tech-hub aspirations to be ‘accelerated’ post-Dorian

Thompson: GB tech-summit postponed until further notice

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The government tech hub aspirations for Grand Bahama will be ‘accelerated’ in the wake of Hurricane Dorian Minister of State for Grand Bahama Senator Kwasi Thompson.

Members of the tech-hub steering committee met at the British Colonial Hilton yesterday for their first meeting post Hurricane Dorian to discuss the way forward.

Thompson also revealed that the committee had decided to postpone the Grand Bahama tech-summit originally slated for October 28th-30th.

“There was a meeting of the tech-hub committee made up of government stakeholders as well private sector persons led by Dr Donovan Moxey,” Thompson said.

“The meeting was the first meeting after hurricane Dorian and so the discussions really surrounded the aftermath and recovery. We provided members and stakeholders with an update on the recovery efforts particularly with respect to communications because the tech hub is obviously focused heavily on ICT (information and communications technology).”

Thompson said: “We also focused our attention on how we could utilize what took place during the hurricane as an opportunity to accelerate the tech hub plans.

“Our members brought forth very constructive points of view and recommendations on how we can move forward and actually accelerate the tech hub initiative. The commonly held view was that we should use the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian as an opportunity to assist small businesses and residents but also to plan out how we rebuild utilizing the latest technology which really is the essence of the tech hub initiative.”

Mr Thompson also noted that the committee has decided to postpone the tech summit slated for later this month until further notice.

“We also decided that the tech summit would be postponed as most of the persons who had direct responsibility for planning it are now focused on hurricane recovery and rebuilding efforts,” Thompson said.