Jamaican State Minister says digital industry stakeholders should take country into new age

Jamaica’s Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Alando Terrelonge, says stakeholders in the digital industry should not waver in their determination to move Jamaica into a new age of digital technology.

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State Minister, Alando Terrelonge

Speaking at the inaugural Spectrum Management Authority (SMA) ‘G5 Symposium’, at the S Hotel in Montego Bay, St. James, on Friday, October 11, Mr. Terrelonge charged stakeholders to hasten steps to ensure that the “digital switchover to enable the age of 5G happens and happens within a short time”.

“It will certainly allow our creative people to find greater avenues to export their talents, to exploit them.”

— State Minister, Alando Terrelonge

“There is a great future for our country. To this end, we must work collaboratively within the spirit of participation to achieve a future. A future that is ready for the age of technology and one that sees our younger generation having not just increased access but the ability to make a living,” the State Minister said.

“It will certainly allow our creative people to find greater avenues to export their talents, to exploit them,” he added.

Mr. Terrelonge also argued that reshaping the legislative framework for media and content regulation to fit the 21st century standard is the way forward.

In accordance with this, he said Jamaica will need to expand media literacy and digital awareness programmes by working through schools and educational organisations to engage students and adults.

“We must also ensure that our children and adults are able to utilise the power of increased connectivity. It’s not just for social media and social life but this increased access can create significant wealth for our country and our people,” Mr Terrelonge indicated.