Thu, 06 Aug 2020 05:50:56 +0000
A manifesto for technology
LAST WEEK, the Prime Minister promised a new Ministry of Technologies and Digital Records if the polls grant him a second term in office.
This ministry will, the PM promised, bring about modernisation in governance. Out of covid19, he said, "will come a modern TT."
It's just part of the peppering of the word "technology" to be found in the PNM's recently released manifesto.
Technology also makes a significant appearance in the UNC manifesto (with an almost obsessive focus on biotechnology), a surprising development given the difficulty that the country has had, at least at the level of governance, in moving tech from buzzword to everyday practice.
The presentation of a manifesto has its place in a political campaign. It's a list of promises to the voting public that the next five years will be governed more effectively than the last five.
The PNM manifesto is clearer about its plans to offer incentives for technology development and calls out, in red italic type, the statement: "We will remove all taxes on computers, mobile and digital equipment, cell phones, software, and accessories.”
That's taking it a step further than Basdeo Panday did in the first UNC administration (1995-2001) when he ab