Gate Program Attracts Papua New Guinea Officials

Papua New Guinea OfficialsAntigua St. John's - On Monday, a delegation from Papua New Guinea visited Antigua to gather information on the Government Assisted Technology Endeavour (GATE) programme.

The delegation which was accompanied by representatives from Digicel held meetings with Telecommunications Minister Dr. Hon. Edmond Mansoor, and representatives of the GATE committee.

After completing a tour of the GATE headquarters and ICT Cadet training facility, Minister for Mining in Papua New Guinea, Byron Chan called the GATE program “inspirational.”

“We are linking up with Digicel to help us set up a network and possibly a GATE program.” Mr. Chan said.

“I hope through this trip with Digicel we will be able to form a relationship with Antigua and Barbuda and enhance the overall African Caribbean relationship to establish this type of GATE program in the pacific starting with our country.”  Mr. Chan added.

The Government Assisted Technology Endeavour, is a multi-million dollar partnership between the Government of Antigua and Barbuda and telecommunications giant, Digicel.

GATE focuses on broadband Internet connectivity, innovation, entrepreneurship, job creation and sustainability.

The award winning programme has made it possible for thousands of secondary school students in Antigua to be allocated a Samsung Galaxy tablet and access to 4G LTE technology as tools to enhance their learning.

The operations of Central Government has also been positively impacted, as GATE propels forward the e-Government agenda as the Government modernizes the way it provides services to the citizenry. More than twenty five government departments and key public servants have already received 4GLTE devices or dongles.

The delegation also got an opportunity to visit the mobile information Technology Classroom, the Public Safety Communications Network, E-911 and Data Centre.

Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister, Honourable Dr. Edmond Mansoor describes GATE as a bold step forward in preparing Antiguans and Barbudans for the next twenty years.

“The award winning GATE program has begun to attract international attention. This multifaceted program has a high capacity to transfer new cutting edge ICT skills set.” Dr. Mansoor said.

The delegation was led by Honourable Byron Chan Minister for Mining and included Director of Digicel Patrick James Mara, New Guinea Ambassador Evan Paki, Chairperson of the Digicel Foundation, Lisa Lewis; CEO of Digicel Antigua, Victor Corcoran, Hon. Robert Ganim; MP for Wabag, Enga Province and Gary Seddon; Digicel's Director for Government Business.


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@ Skyewill

#2 Observer... » 2013-11-05 15:09

You are right. One must be big enough to give a man his just due when he deserves it. Give Jack his jacket. No politics in that. Just like I say he is bold enough to make some of the statements that he sometimes makes. You wonder why the PM can't fire him. Must be the only one left with balls.


@ Edmond Mansoor

#1 Skyewill » 2013-11-05 07:12

I think you are doing a good job with this program and although I believe more money should go into the schools and especially the college. Your program is a great idea.


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