The government of The Bahamas will use smart technology to establish the archipelago as a smart country, beginning with the island of New Providence.
Addressing the opening session of the International Telecommunications Union’s Global Symposium for Regulators held at Atlantis Paradise Island, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis outlined his government’s priorities as they relate to smart innovation.
The use of smart technology going forward is expected to positively impact the country and its citizens in a number of areas, among them, education, national security, transportation, disaster management, healthcare, and urban development.
The government of The Bahamas and the International Telecommunications Union formed a major partnership to establish New Providence as a Smart Island earlier this year.
Officials in the Office of the Prime Minister have been working with the ITU Secretariat to expand the project to the entire Bahamas under the BSmart Bahamas Initiative (BSBI).
“The project will result in a BSmart Bahamas Master Plan and the delivery of several pilot projects which can be scaled to our entire archipelago which stretches from southern Florida, US to Cuba,” said Prime Minister Hubert Minnis.
The Prime Minister said the greater use of technology will be critical to achieving his government’s goals as it “carries out its reform and growth agenda.”
Minnis said the plan also calls for the strengthening of the country’s various communication platforms through which the government interacts with its citizens.
“My administration is first committed to ensuring greater transparency, accountability and effectiveness in government. We want to share information with citizens and to receive feedback as quickly as possible and to analyse this feedback to drive policy decisions.”
“We look forward to the day when government contracting is completed seamlessly through online processes. We have already strengthened our customs processes through the use of technology to facilitate trade and revenue collection.”
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