Minister Blackmoore. * GIS photo

Government says a private sector and personal information protection bill and freedom of information bill are among several bills being drafted for consideration.

Minister for Public Works and Ports Rayburn Blackmoore made that disclosure when he represented Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit at the 27th meeting of the Caribbean Association of National Telecommunication Organisations convened at Fort Young Hotel on Sunday.

He told the meeting, the bills that are being drafted for consideration of Parliament, are geared at development in the Information Communication Technology (ICT) sector, and also includes the “interception of communication bill, electronic transaction bill, computer and computer-related crimes bill, the electronic evidence bill has already been passed in parliament”.

Blackmoore spoke of the need for Dominica to embrace ICT in order to prosper in this century.

“The size and natural resources of a nation are no longer the determining factor for prosperity. It will be our human resources and their ability to innovate in the collective world, which will shape our collective future in the 21st century,” he said.

He noted that Dominican schools are embracing ICT with the use of modern pieces of equipment and facilities including computers and labs.

Blackmoore also pointed out to the growing use of mobile phones in Dominica as another sign of the country’s involvement in ICT.

He cited a World Bank report of 2008, saying that Dominica’s mobile penetration increased to 60 percent in 2004 from 1.6 percent and is now more than 100 percent “and growing”.