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Ministerials Paragraphs Related to the Theme Paragraphs VII Summit
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Date:  1/21/2011 
-The Library Net Programme - As at June 2009, 100 percent of libraries in Trinidad and Tobago were equipped with computers and free internet access through this programme. These systems facilitate research and continuous learning for many citizens right in their communities.

-Knowledge, Innovation and Development (KID) Programme – In 2008-2009, 339 primary schools and 11 special schools were provided with networked computer laboratories and approximately 600 primary school teachers were oriented in the use of computers and ICT in education. In order to ensure the goal of widespread connectivity in the primary and secondary education systems 190 primary schools and125 secondary schools were connected to the internet. Additionally, to assist the students in the utilization of technology, 778 primary and 532 secondary school teachers were trained in basic network administration in 2008 alone.

-Implementation of the National Broadband Action Plan - There are 13 Internet Service Providers available to the population. Additionally, two new international submarine fibre optic cables landed in Trinidad, thereby effectively tripling the offshore bandwidth capacity. This caused a reduction in retail and leased line broadband prices for citizens

-Government Communications Backbone Project – It serves to facilitate communications and information sharing among Government agencies and departments, by providing basic connectivity services such as email (audio, video and text), e-messaging, e-scheduling and internet access over a Wide Area Network (WAN).

-ttconnect - Through ttconnect online the e-Government Portal Project, information pertaining to 400 Government services is currently available.

-B2B eMarketplace - The e-marketplace promotes trade - export sales and business development. It will thus help us diversify and expand our market and customer base through showcasing our products regionally and internationally at a significantly reduced cost.
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Date:  1/21/2011 
Invention and Innovation:

-Prime Minister’s Awards for Innovation and Invention
*This awards scheme seeks to encourage technological creativity by recognising and rewarding outstanding achievements in the areas of innovation and invention.

-Creativity Vacation Camps

-Go Creative Project
*Funded by the Organization of American States (OAS), the project seeks to foster a spirit of innovation in the region’s youth through the staging of ‘technopreneurship’ camps and invention competitions for students, ages 7 to 17 years.

-Gen Y Foresight Study
*It was recognised that Generation Y (youth between the ages of 14-28) had a key role to play in the realization of this developmental goal as they would constitute a critical component of our society and labour force in 2020 and beyond. NEXT Corporation was employed to undertake a foresight study aimed at identifying innovative programmes that could allow Generation Y (Gen Y) to make a more positive contribution towards the nation’s advancement.

Science Popularization:

-Sci-TechKnoFest 2008
*The festival whose theme was Health and Wellness attracted over 55,000 visitors.

-Camps, Special Exhibits & Workshops
*Each year the National Science Centre (NSC) mounts a number of special exhibitions to commemorate various UN days. These displays provide an opportunity to educate visitors about current topics and issues in science, as well provide a platform for engaging visitors in specially designed hands-on activities that teach related science concepts.

-Outreach Initiatives
*Outreach programmes are a part of NIHERST’s commitment to ensure that science education is available to everyone.

-Sector Foresighting
*A survey on innovation in the food and beverage sector was completed in 2006/2007. It provides insight into the innovation process and will assist decision-makers in developing policies to create the environment and incentives to catalyze growth and innovation in the industry.
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