(Written in UK English)
ST. GEORGE’S, MAY 13TH 2011 (GIS) – Fisher folk throughout the island, in particular those in the fishing town of Gouyave, St. John, will have a special opportunity to learn cool tech tips and tricks, in Grenada’s upcoming Technology Expo – TEXPO.
TEXPO, the Grenadian leg of the Caribbean Telecommunication Union’s (CTU) ICT Roadshow, is being held from May 16 -19th. Through a series of interactive forums and exhibitions, Grenadians will be taught the many ways information and communication technologies (ICT) could enhance their way of lives and improve their business ventures.
On the final day of TEXPO, a caravan, starting in the town of St. George’s and travelling around the island, will take the word to the streets; making specific stops in three rural villages, the first of which is Gouyave. St. John.
“We hope to be speaking with the fisher folk in Gouyave explaining to them how they can leverage ICT,” said Loretta Simon, director of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in the Ministry of Information, ICT & Culture.“We are going to have Digicel and LIME showing them how they can use their handsets when they are out at sea to increase their safety and return to land.”
Fisher folk at the St. George’s Fish Market on Friday, expressed pleasure at the interest shown by government in their trade. Fisherman Fitzroy Mitchell said he is happy that fisher folk are being chosen to benefit from TEXPO.
“I think it’s a good idea because we have lost a lot of fishermen already,” said Mitchell. “With this technology, it will be easier for fishermen, as you will be teaching fishermen how to use their GPS out at sea when they are in distress,” he explained.
Brendon Lazarus, who has been in the fishing industry for the past five years, explained that fishing can be a big business on the island with the right support. He encouraged the Government of Grenada and other parties to assist with the development and importing of machines, new technologies that can help process raw fish into an end product like Saltfish. He added that this will assist with helping the country’s current economic situation.
The TEXPO caravan will make its second stop in the town of Sauteurs, St. Patrick, where it will engage farmers. Its third and final stop on the mainland, will be at the Grenville Car Park, St. Andrew, where it will stress the importance for parents to monitor their children’s behaviours both in the real world and the digital world as well.
An arm of the ICT caravan will also be held in Carriacou on Thursday, It will feature visits to Hillsborough Secondary School and Bishop’s College as well as a general forum and exhibition at the Carriacou Resource Centre.