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2011 Seminar on the ICT Cooperation Experience between Taiwan and Belize

Source: Plus TV,Love FM,The Reporter, Chinese Journal

Publication date: 100/10/27、10/28、11/03、11/13

Mission: Taiwan Technical Mission in Belize

News Summary

A two-day seminar focusing on ICT and E-Government got underway at the San Ignacio Resort Hotel, Belize, October 27. The primary objective of the event, running under the theme of “E-Government: Challenges, Solutions and Benefits,” is to promote greater awareness of ICT, showcase e-government systems that best illustrate the practical applications of ICT, and develop relationships by sharing knowledge and best practices in use in Belize. The conference is jointly sponsored by the government of Belize and Taiwan’s International Cooperation and Development Fund, the TaiwanICDF.

The third such regional conference to be organized by the TaiwanICDF in as many years, the event has drawn invitees from across the Caribbean and Central America following similar events in St. Lucia last year and in St. Kitts the year previously. As before, the purpose of this year’s event is to provide those in the ICT sector with an opportunity to share experiences and exchange ideas, as well as discuss new innovations in the field and, most importantly, build partnerships and develop networks.

During remarks at the opening of the seminar, Taiwan’s ambassador to Belize, H.E. David Wu, said that the event aimed to facilitate knowledge sharing by developing relationships, and added that sharing such knowledge would greatly strengthen the relationship between Belize and Taiwan.

To illustrate this relationship, Ambassador Wu cited the two countries’ ICT Technical Cooperation Project, which began in 2006 following the signing of a memorandum of understanding, and has to date culminated in the construction of a National ICT Center in Belmopan, Belize, which opened to the public in August 2010.

The center represents something of a milestone for the project, Ambassador Wu said, highlighting as it does the many achievements of cooperation between the governments of Belize and the Republic of China (Taiwan), with assistance from Taiwan having not only helped with construction, but having also provided software, hardware and assistance to establish a web portal. Since the government of Belize now has the capacity to take over day-to-day responsibility for all of these items, Taiwan was very pleased to organize this conference, to show partners the results of the project thus far, and to discuss further cooperation, he said.

Ambassador Wu added that under agreements between Taiwan and Belize, other ICT-related systems have been developed, resulting in two web-based e-government systems and a 3G database. The project will continue to improve the efficiency of public services in Belize and raise awareness of ICT among Belizean citizens, he said.

As part of the seminar, Ambassador Wu also took part in a formal handover ceremony to transfer ownership of the National ICT Center to the government of Belize.

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